04 December, 2020

Medley Of Taste

Chaat, pizza, coffee, biriyani—one roof fits all. Food courts are reshaping the business of eating out.

Abhijit Bhatlekar
Medley Of Taste
It's almost nine on a Saturday evening and Rekha Misri, a textile designer, is busily digging into a sumptuous dosa at the DT Diner in Gurgaon, a food court at the DLF Mega Mall here. Her three-year-old daughter doesn't even worry her, engrossed as she is in clapping to the music being belted out by a live band in between several trips to the candy counter. This is a weekly entertainment ritual for the Misris who stay a stone's throw away from the mall. Ask them and they tell you, "We like coming here as there's lots of seating space. Other food courts are terribly crowded. The live band, of course, holds special attraction for my daughter." Visits to a restaurant? "We don't need them," say the Misris.

And if the Misris come here for that family experience, for Anurag Mehta, a Gurgaon-based techie, the DT Diner is the place to go to when he's out with a group. "There's something to suit everyone's taste," he says. And it's not just lunch or dinner that Anurag comes here for, sometimes he lands up even for breakfast.

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