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OSAMA JALALI
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EATING OUT Trolley in Khan Market has unearthed an old tradition of serving food on trolleys

In a city like Delhi where every other day a new restaurant makes its debut, creating a niche is the biggest challenge for a new setup. Different restaurants adopt different strategies to promote their restaurants and try to be different from the others.

Recently launched Trolleys in the bylanes of posh Khan Market has revived the old tradition of serving food on rolling platforms as it was once done in Old Delhi. I still remember visiting a couple of relatives in Ballimaran where the hawker used to bring fresh homemade delicacies on a wooden cart and empty the whole degh by afternoon.

The times have changed and so has the cart. The wooden cart has been replaced by a chic looking trolley; in place of old Chacha are elegant waitresses, and instead of fresh homemade food, the trolley now comes laden with European, Lebanese and Indian delicacies. The decor at Trolleys is simple and homely. The couches are colourful and comfortable. Another good thing about Trolleys is its owner Sandy. A young charismatic person who likes to interact with every guest at his restaurant. Seeing his involvement and enthusiasm I left it to him to decide my food for the evening.

I was first introduced to the Trolley dish of the day, which was dahi bhalla chaat. Served in a small katori, it was tasty and refreshing. Gosht nizami shorba with a dash of kesar was served to start with, followed by a crisp iceberg salad. I liked the aroma and taste of the soup but the salad was ordinary. The starters, however, shone through. The charmoula chicken skewers were tender and juicy. Patthar ke kabab, one of the hot selling dish of Trolleys, was also good but the platter that left a lasting impression was mustard honey glazed chicken wings. The Amritsari prawns were also worth a try. The main course was even better. Keeping it simple I had nihari, a spoon of risotto and biryani. Again, the nihari was not a typical old Delhi version but a very subtle and flavourful home style preparation. Before leaving I had a delicious bite of shahi tukda.

Meal for two - Rs 1400

Address - 7, Middle lane (First Floor), Khan Market.

OSAMA JALALI

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