The Diner’s Dilemma

Food is one of the staple factors instrumental in the making of a memorable road trip. A hearty meal after a long drive is bound to leave an indelible mark on your memories.Ordering the food, however, still remains a confusing conundrum for some. Be it a roadside dhaba or a high-end restaurant, this art (or is it a science?) has not yet been mastered. Some have the compulsive urge for Chinese food even at a Malayali eatery. If you are one of these people, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Here are some tips:

  1. Understand the culinary map
    Food Options
    We know you relish aloo paranthas slathered with ghee (we do, too!). However, why not do that at a Punjabi dhaba rather than at an Udupi lunch home?
    Shacks along the coast are famous for succulent fish platters and creamy coconut curries. So, make sure you try these out next time you hit the beach.
    Also, beware of multi-cuisine restaurants. Most of them have serious identity issues!
  2. Brave it and you’ll crave it

    Foreigner and food
    If you’ve already had what he’s having, you are one fearless foodie.

    Fear of the unknown has always plagued the humankind. But, you need to face this fear. Let your taste buds discover new flavours. You might not hit the mark every single time. But, at least you’ll have a better knowledge about your own tastes.
    The servers are your friend. Ask about the specialities. Who knows? You might just find your new favourite grub!

  3. When it rains, try to abstain
    Monsoon food
    Not your healthiest meal of the day

    Monsoons are a good time to hit the streets. But, not exactly the best time to hit the street side stalls. However, if you can’t stay away from junk food, at least steer away from the puddles and garbage bins. The closer a food stall is to these the faster you’ll land up at the doctor’s (it’s the rule of the flies!).
    Especially, steer away from the Chinese corners. As we all know, not all Chinese products are reliable.

  4. Go for the “hot” favouritesHot foodFeeling chilly in the rains? Have a wholesome serving of piping hot sambar or drink chai. Experience the warmth spreading throughout your body.The spicy curries will also clear your sinuses right away!
  5. Pig out, but wisely

    Pig out
    Unfortunately, not every server has the same moral standards as this lad!

    The concept of pacing one’s meal is alien for most. The Indian highways have tonnes of roadside restaurants and dhabas in store for you. Why waste the opportunity by saturating your appetite in one go?
    Give your stomach some well-deserved rest. Build up an appetite. And then attack the next interesting place you see. At the end of the day, you might feel like a stuffed turkey. But at least you’ll happy about it.

Ordering at a food joint is not rocket science (so, it is an art, then!). It’s a combination of common sense, etiquettes and the will to explore. Go ahead then! Think. Order. Eat. Repeat.


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