The Nehru Place Metro station is surrounded on all sides by tall commercial bastions,making it one of the more crowded stations in an already brimming train network. Now,however,the monotony of commuters is broken by masses of food aficionados. Epicuria is a spanking new food mall,which has opened shutters in the metro station. Or rather,under it.
Having heard of the place,we were naturally agog. A gloomy weekday morning saw us heading to Nehru Place,despite a rather queasy stomach. It would be folly to not do a reconnaissance mission for when we were in a happier gastric place,we figured. Located in the lower level of the rather gargantuan building that also houses the metro station as well as the mall,Epicuria is still under construction,but there are signs of culinary offerings to come. There will be a bouquet of 26 restaurants offering world class cuisine with a few international chains making their India debut.
Foremost among these is a Florida-based sushi chain,Benihana,which has served as a culinary backdrop for several American movies and sitcoms,as well as a cultural reference in umpteen rap songs. Interestingly,Benihana is owned by Hiroaki Rocky Aoki,father of EDM musician Steve Aoki,who toured all over the country earlier this year. Someone else on a reconnaissance mission,maybe? Starbucks continues its Indian invasion,with opening yet another outlet here. Apart from the foreign food outlets,there will be several representatives of local heavyweights such as Sagar Ratna.
While these restaurants will open in the first week of July,the food court is largely operational. There is a pleasant intermingling of the tried and tested (KFC,Dunkin Donuts) with new kids on the block such as Uncle Toms,displaying various hot dogs,and several Chindian outlets including Wok Star. Dominating the food court,with its rich fragrances of crackling red chilies,curry leaves and spices is Joey Matthews Kerala Express. And that too despite the physical absence of its supermodel proprietress. At the moment dispensing only a chalkboard menu which offers Kerala staple such as appam,stews and mutton chilli fry,the friendly server assures that there will be seasonal additions very soon. Armed with a recast iron stomach,we cant wait.