Tihar Food Court
Tihar Jail complex, Jail Road, New Delhi
Tel: 011 28525639
Meal for two:?Rs 300
In red and white pinstriped shirts and black pants, they parade to work. The bright yellow needlework on their red caps screams their employer’s name—TJ’s, or Tihar Jail’s. Soon they are in Tihar Food Court, 200 metres away from the central prison. Though Tihar’s new eatery can be accessed from the jail, the eight employees—murder convicts with good conduct, and culinary skills thanks to a hotel management course—prefer taking the road.
The modest, tasty meals are not made within the premises, but come from the canteen of jail No. 2 inside Tihar. No, the food bears no semblance to the runny yellow dal and coarse rice that goes for jail food in Bollywood. The soft, hot rotis, served even before you can ask for more, though, are made in the eatery’s uber clean kitchen. And the ‘delux thaali’—with dal makhni, paneer,...