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This Fleet Street serves food

There is some good `news' for Delhi journalists, as The Fleet Street, a restaurant located in - where else? - the Capital's Fleet Street, offers an array of delightful food, says RAHUL VERMA



EXHAUSTIVE VARIETY The Fleet Street restaurant serves a wide range of mouth-watering food. PHOTO: SANDEEP SAXENA

Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg is not quite a leafy avenue. It's not an area that you would willingly like to haunt. But, of course, the fact that a great many newspapers offices are located on BSZ Marg means that I go there often, braving the heavy traffic and the billowing smoke.

There was a time when BSZ Marg - or ITO - wasn't another word for chaos. We used to go there for late-night anda-paranthas. But though there are a few dhabas there, I haven't eaten at BSZ Marg for quite a while. Curiously, for a place teeming with life, there are few good restaurants there. The subway restaurants have flopped miserably. An indifferent Coffee Home gave way to an equally unenthusiastic Kovil. There's an Udipi restaurant there that has been doing well and some small dhabas. Still, foodwise, ITO is rather unadventurous.

That's why, when I heard that a new place had opened up there, I thought it had to be tried out. A few friends had eaten there and were quite enthusiastic about its food. So this week, I dropped in to check what it was all about. This place - called The Fleet Street - is behind the Udipi restaurant and Pratap Bhawan.

It's quite a neat place and small - with only 17 chairs - but not crowded. A gentleman gave us a copy of the menu card. It was quite an exhaustive list. There was Daal bukhara (Rs.20), Karhi pakora (Rs.20), Pulao (Rs. 30), Kormas (Rs.50), Mutton stew (Rs.60) and different kinds of paranthas and kulchas (Rs.8 to Rs.15). We asked for a plate of mutton biryani (Rs.55), Rajma (Rs.20), mixed vegetables (Rs.25), Missi rotis (Rs.6 a piece) and rice (Rs.20).

Lightly spiced

The food was surprisingly good. The biryani was lightly spiced and not the least bit oily. The mutton was tender, and the rice had soaked in the flavours of the meat. The mixed vegetables - paneer, beans etc., - weren't bad at all. The rajma again was well cooked - the beans were soft, the gravy was thick and flavoured, but neither too hot nor spicy. My friends tell me that the place is run by a former bank employee who was working in a branch located in one of the newspaper offices on BSZ Marg. The gentleman has, clearly, been examining the eating habits of journalists. His restaurant urges people to take "small breaks" from their "busy schedules".

Have you noticed how cinema and literature always show journalists as cynical reporters who smoke like a chimney and drink like a fish - but never seem to eat anything? The Fleet Street hopes to rectify that.

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