The Dining Room always comes up with different food festivals that showcase invigorating cuisines from all around the world for Chennaites to experience right from their city. This time it is all the more glorified as the World Street Food Festival where they have a rotating menu of eclectic street food from around the world prepared in live stations as per the diners’ tastes and preferences. The posh dining setup has one side converted into a bustling street food market that tempts you to try everything that is on display. It will feature traditional dishes such as the Kolkata Wrap, Tibetan Momos, Mexican Tacos and Goan Ros Omelettes, among others. In keeping with the theme, there will also be counters for a selection of authentic, regional desserts, exotic ice preparations and a variety of signature lassies, fresh juices and teas. Chef Teuku, the Executive Chef at Park Hyatt responsible for this beautifully set up concept, helped us go through the wonderful cuisines on display that evening.
The first Live Station was of that from Indonesia – Siomay, Batagor Bandung and Laksa. We were first served the Laksa with chunks of prawns. Creamy, smooth and a bomb of flavours in it. It was a great start to the street food vibed dinner. Then came the platter of Siomay and Batagor Bundang. They had two types of Siomay – the chunky Tofu with Prawns and the Fish dumplings. The tofu was super soft and it was an extremely unique combination with the mushy prawns where both their flavours were beautifully highlighted. The steamed fish dumpling was super soft and light. The Batagor Bundang is a fried version of the Siomay and of course, that just became everyone’s favourite. Absolutely crunchy with a soft filling, it went extremely well with the peanut sauce.
Moving on from Indonesia, we were introduced to the streets of Mumbai and Goa. In started coming the galore of soft rolls of Pao! Tiny, fresh, soft, slightly sweet, golden brown, firm; the perfection of these cannot be stated enough. These had a variety of fillings and dipping options right from Pao Bhaji and Vada Pao to the Ros Omelette.
We tried the Mirchi Vada Pao and Kheema Patty Pao from Mumbai and the Ros Omelette from Goa. The Goan street food was just the best! Tangy and earthy gravy with chunks of meat on top of a fluffy omelette, it was so light that we had a couple of these! The Vada Pao was a delight too, light and fragrant patty of potatoes with a SPICY fried bit of chilly to kick it up a notch!
There was then a Live Station for Banana Roti a speciality street food that was SO indulgent. A pancake with a filling of bananas, topped with peanut butter, chocolate, caramel, Nutella and what not! With a side of silky Vanilla Ice Cream, it was just a sweet tooth’s dream on a plate.
This Street Food Festival is in addition to their regular dinner buffet that has an amazing Biryani, yummy Paneer and Dal and a Dessert Table to die for! Loved their Mud Pie and Chocolate Cake Pops that evening. The World Street Food Festival will run from the 23rd to the 31st of May, 2017, 7 PM to 11 PM, and is priced at INR 1600 per person (excl taxes). For more information or to make a reservation contact The Dining Room on 044-49919965 or 044-71771234.