Office-goers take to street food

Office-goers take to street food

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popular Office people eating at a roadside stall.A break from the daily canteen food is something many professionals crave for and a good option would be to head out to eat something that is tasty, cheap as well as hygienic. With Bangalore being a cosmopolitan city, most of its population consists of people from different regions in India. For the many non-Bangaloreans, adapting to the local cuisine could be a hassle, so getting to eat something that is from home would be a great advantage. Ashish Bannerjee, a young banker living in Indiranagar, says, “I love to eat chaat or some other food item that is not the usual idli-vada. It is a good break from the South-Indian food that you get everywhere.”

M G Road, being predominantly a business district, has many expensive restaurants and cafes for office-goers. But if a young working professional wanted to save up on cash and still wish to gorge on delectable items, then the M G Road - Brigade Road area has many food items on offer for the budget-eater.

One can choose between tangy pani puri, various chaats and sweet corn. All these are sold for very affordable prices. Freshly squeezed fruit juices and fresh fruits are also available if one prefers to stick to healthier eating. Most of these food items are fresh, clean and hygienic and the people who keep coming back for more prove that the food does not cause havoc in their stomach.

On Brigade Road, a young Ali Amir from Assam stands with his sweet corn stall amidst hundreds of people. His sweet corn is a big hit with the people in the area. “I only started this a month ago and business has been going on considerably well, people from the nearby offices come during lunchtime and they like to stand here and chat while they eat the corn,” he says.

Though food courts in offices serve a variety of dishes, people still like to go out to try something that is very different from what they normally get. Pramod Emjay, an analyst working in Bellandur says, “Apart from the food courts in offices, people also venture out to eat at the nearby chaat stalls. Some stalls also sell stuff like gobi manchurian and sweets like hot jalebis, which are cheap and very tasty.”

It is up to the people to choose between what is healthy and inexpensive or what can ruin the stomach. Kritika Saxena says, “My favourites are the momos and roll places in Koramangala. Also, the numerous paani puri stalls in various junctions in the City are a good, healthy and inexpensive choice.”

The choice of street food is varied as people get to choose between a lot of items, both South Indian and North Indian in different areas in the City.

Gisha Francis, an analyst from Electronic City, says, “Bangalore has a wide variety of street food which is inexpensive and delicious. It has certainly lived up to my expectations when it comes to choice.”

With lakhs of professionals from various parts of the country, a taste of something close to home is a great relief and it gets even better if it does not burn a hole in one’s pocket.
As more and more people from different parts of the country come to work in the City, their choices are being included into Bangalore’s street food.

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