Bhubaneswar : The Esplanade food court isn’t just the biggest food court in the Odisha capital which is located in one of the largest luxury mall, Esplanade One,it too is a cuisine exploring hub where not just the localites but too several others from different parts of the globe venture into this food world.The fact that makes Esplanade food court uncommon from other individual food courts is that under it’s compartment spaces it has a long chain series of different food serving companies such as ‘The Beer Café’, ‘Sigree’ , ‘Baskin Br Robbins’ , ‘Baker’s boutique’, ‘The icecream Dream’ , ‘Giani Ice cream’ , ‘Street foods by Punjab Grill’ , ‘Keventers’ , ‘Chai Break’ , ‘Wow Momo’ , ‘KFC’ , ‘Bombay times’ , ‘Pizza Hut’ , ‘The Pink Glass’ , ‘Amaravathi’ , ‘Café coffee day’, ‘Sugar threads’ and a mexican cuisine house named ‘Behemoth Chilli’s’,Asia seven,Bhubaneswar Taste Factory and so on.
Many aunthentic delicacies that stand out are food counters such as ‘The ice cream dream’ that serves ice cream candies of several flavours.Generally candies can be eaten by holding it with the hands but the ice cream candies melt at the very contact with the human skin,so it is eaten with the help of a wooden spoon or any other.Numerous new flavours such as ‘Tropical Sorbet’, ‘Caramel Praline’ too are available to taste in the icecream candy shop. ‘The pink glass’ serves cold pressed drinks ,it is favourable for people much concerned about health,diet and intake,it too serves power juices,such as D-tox,Rejuvenate,Cleanser,Energizer,Hangover,Super Charged,Create your own blend etc.Along with it the menu is stuffed up with special smoothies,chillers,fruit shakes,milk shakes,bubble teas.
‘Giani Ice-cream’ is a food company which originates back in 1956 at ‘Giani Di Hatti’, ‘Giani’ in punjabi meant “The learned” , a traditional sweetmeat maker,Giani Gurcharan Singh from the then ‘Layallpur’ , now Faislabad in Pakistan set up shop upon migrating to Delhi,in which he served his famous ‘Rabri Faluda’, ‘Mango Shake’.This dedication and uprising value of it’s taste and quality touched the hearts and nerves of the residents of The Old Delhi and in no time ‘Giani Ice-cream’ was a household name.Today ‘Giani Ice-cream’ has a large stock of ice-cream sodas,cassata slices,sorbets,ice cream cakes,protein gelatos,fruit creams,stone sundaes,special faludas,italian gelatos etc.
‘Keventers’ serves sundaes such as ‘passionate plumyum pudding’, ‘caramel obsession’ , ‘unicorn candy’, ‘afterdark fanatasy’, ‘retro romance’, ‘forbidden forest sundae’ , ‘the dark conspiracy’ , ‘guilty pleasure’ and many more.
One of the unique food compartment that stands out is ‘The Amaravathi’ , a 40 year old brand,created by Savera groups in 1980,it’s compartment serves foods of Andhra Pradesh and South India. Special chilly chicken of Guntur, foods from Nellore, delicacies made up of Guntur chilly, Malabar porotta, Pothu porotta, mutton keema dosa, egg chicken keema dosa, chicken pothu porotta.
Mrs Indrani Mohanty,a business woman in the Esplanade Amaravathi franchise describes, “Pothu generally means minced ,in this the malabar porotta and chicken is minced on the ‘tawa’ and the ‘tuck tuck’ sound gives a rapid impression of provoking hunger inside,although the Malabar Porotta isn’t from South but it’s consumed mostly over there.This Pothu Porotta and malabar porotta ,we generally serve this with buttermilk.”Many other unheard South cuisines such as ‘Bisibelabath’,the sambhar rice, ‘chettinad paneer masala’, ‘Andhra chilly paneer’ , ‘Andhra cut mirchi bajis’ , ‘Minipodi idli’ which are also known as Button idlis made up of ghee or coconut oil and podi masala,a special South Indian masala, small potato biriyan, Medhu vada,Nellore egg curry,Mutton chukka,Chicken vepudu.
The other parts such as ‘Sugar threads’ serves cotton candies of several flavours, ‘The street foods by Punjab grill’ serves big menu bouquets such as ‘Dilli 6 di chaat’, ‘Tikke shikke’ , ‘Kebab sampler’ and many more.Speaking about the over all magnificence of The Esplanade food court , the galleries and its diversities explain it all.Not only a traveller but also an avid foodie should never dare to ignore such a huge place of delicious flavour waves belonging to regions and cultures.