Wednesday, September 28, 2016

#StreeFoodFestival - The Lalit, Mumbai

#StreetFoodFestival - The Lalit, Mumbai
Image courtsey: thelalit.com
"One Cannot Think well, Love well, Sleep Well, If one has not Dines well" - Virginia Woolf
Brochure: Courtesy The Lalit, Mumbai
This was the thought in my mind ever since i had seen the brochure of The Lalit. Food always excites me and when i read its street food i was looking up to it!! The rain gods were in different mood though..
Gif courtesy Tumblr
And the pouring didn't stop! But no struggle with Torrential Rains and Mumbai Traffic couls keep me away from the meal i wanted to try!!
Gif courtesy idiva.com
Wondering all soaking wet and Hungry Chef Aunshuman Chakraborty with a big smile welcomed me in Restaurant 24/7 even though i was late (But not full!!) 
Chef Aunshuman
At entrance, i was greeted with a pan counter on the left and Cotton candy counter to the right. Man i was in for a total street food experience. A row of Cakes (Beautiful to say the least) in a display cabinet were present tempting me even more!
Pan Waale with an Antique Radio with nostalgic cassettes (All of them playing nostalgic songs)
Buddhi ke Baal - Cotton Candy - Fresh made and served street style!
The first counter I saw was my favourite Chat!! (Who in their right mind wouldn't love to have chat after coming in wet from rains. I wasn't gonna leave this chance).
Attractive bottles with various chutney names written on them!
The Props were mostly from vendors!
I had a plate full of dahi chat and panipuris (Yum!!) just to start with they gave me the street experience but in a hygienic and comfortable place. 
Papdi chaat served in eco friendly plates!
They served this Shot which was unique and untried by me - Paan Shot. Just perfect palate cleanser (Wish they would bring more of these after every tasting).
Paan Shot!!

Chef Aunshuman had then taken us for a Foodie Tour explaining various counters (Which change every day except chat, paan, cotton candy counter) the street food festival is just not about just some street food but street food from various parts of India as i came to know as we moved across the restaurant.
Sweet Counter!!
The Next counter was the Indian Sweet counter which was filled with super stuff (This is highly recommended by me to even people who don't eat a lot of sweet). 
Kullad waali Garam Kadai Doodh made fresh piping hot in front of us!!
The Malai sandwich was the best sweet (i can got out on a limb saying this!!) not too sweet just perfectly succulent with a superbly crisp not too oily or sweet Jalebi with a perfect rabdi and petha - What more do you want from life!!
Next i moved to the Rajasthani fare!! Of Fried stuff. This too was less oily but super yummy.

The Props and theme were in perfect calling me out on Rainy day!
Til & Lehsun Chutney are some super stuff

The Pakodes and Chutneys (4 of them) were just yummy and chef just read my mind what i wanted in the rains!
The next counter brought us back to Mumbai with Aamchi Mumbai's Pav Bhaaji and Kheema Pav!
                  
Mumbai Pav bhaaji and Kheema Counter

                       

The Kheema Pav was perfectly al dente and tasted like one which you would have on streets!

The next type of street food i had never tried but heard a lot. Lot of friends and foodies had recommended that chowmein from Kolkata's Streets should be tried and voila here i got the opportunity.
Chowmein Kolkata Style
The chowmein was nothing spicy gravy induced one we get it mumbai this was sublime in taste and wok fried chicken chowmein was to perfect to have with rains (Which were increasing outside). The Momos were also served to us out of which i preferred the veg one (mix veggies) for a rainy day over the more yummier Non veg one (I was full by then to be honest). After having a break and socializing a bit asking chefs loads of questions i was hungry. And this time it was time to try the Buffet (Yes entire buffet was open for us apart from these counters). So we had the Food festival counters + Buffet (Yipeee!!)
Attractive Buffet Props a visual treat for Hungry Eyes!!
Food for eyes!!
 This buffet will make the hungriest of foodies full in minutes i settled for sweets (Rasogulla and Caramel custard) both perfect as i would have liked them.

I ended my meal with this lovely Gulkand wala paan..Wished the tape recorder hadnt malfunctioned that day or we would have heard songs from Pardes etc making the experience even more nostalgic!!
Gulkand wala Paan
With this our #StreeFoodFestival Journey came to an end but not before Chef Aunshuman and his team of food lovers gave me this hamper courtesy the Hotel Lalit  
Lovely Lalit Hamper!!


The hamper had a lovely cake and handmade Dark & Milk chocolates (which were gobbled up by me on the way :p)

Would love to thank Chef and the entire team for this lovely experience and would recommend a visit to experience the yummy food with the ambience of street like experience.
Bloggers with Team FBAI & Chef Aunshuman + Team
The Street Food Festival goes on from 15-30th of September 2016 and the entire dinning experience including the buffet + street food counters is Rs.1850/-.
Outlet: 24/7 Restaurant
Timings: 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm (They have chai wala upto 8.30 serving cutting chai catch him if you reach between that time)
Validity: 15 to 30th September, 2016 
For reservations, please call: +91 84510 04250 / 98697 94976
For E Booking: https://zomatobook.com/Widget/makereservation03.aspx?id=B0242354V (use this)
For more: http://www.thelalit.com/hotels-in-mumbai/
P.S.: Thanks to and Sameer & Salloni for being so patient even though i was late due to rains and traffic (After so many calls) 

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