The flavour of Kolkata

The flavour of Kolkata
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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Subway for the Masses

Media reports show that an increasing no. of people are looking for healthy offerings in the foods. No wonder the phenomenon is reflected among those too who eat street food on the move.

Kolkata's street food possibly has world's largest variety at extremely competitive to downright cheap prices. And with changing times, healthy foods like sandwich, stews are featuring on the long menu of its street food.

I ate from this sandwich vendor at Minto Park sidewalk (On AJC Bose Rd, In front of Crescent Tower, opposite Minto Park) today. I took a toasted sandwich first. Like in Mumbai it had a boiled potato filling, but this one had a bit of veggies mixed with potato. It was served cut in four angular pieces. I ended with an egg-veg sandwich. Its filling is an omlette and pieces of boiled potato, onion, green pepper, carrot, cucumber and tomato with a dash of lime and tomato sauce added. The stuff is put between two long slices of buttered bread. The taste was good and it was a filling meal.

The price for the first one was Rs 10 and the second cost Rs 13. A wholesome executive quick-bite lunch at a reasonable Rs 23 !!

Its main patrons are easy to guess- office and field executives. Many of the customers are loyal.

Kolkata has two Subway outlets. While Subway serves the upper crust, this sandwich-seller can be aptly called a 'Subway for the masses'. Just to mention, with this vendor there is no enquiry for chicken and other popular non-veg sandwiches. Its customers are happy with the offerings. Hence it really doesn't matter that the menu is short.