When I began to write this post about Mosque Road, I found it a little difficult to put into words how I feel about street food, and especially the people selling it. So I took a little help from Anthony Bourdain.
“I think of [street food] as the antidote to fast food; it’s the clear alternative to the king, the clown and the colonel. It’s faster, and chances are it’s healthier than something at a traditional fast food restaurant. I would much rather give my money to a neighbor or an individual than to a gigantic corporation that owns half the world. Maybe it’s naïve of me, but I prefer food made by an identifiable human that’s actually cooking.”
And maybe that’s half the charm of street food, the people behind it. While waiting for our Pahadi Ghosh at one of the stalls, we got talking to the man behind the meat- who was here from Shimoga. When he saw my camera, he asked me to wait for five minutes- and then made sure I got the perfect clip of him grilling our meet, complete with a mini fire show.
The food at Mosque Road during the holy month of Ramzan or Ramadan is nothing short of spectacular. Words of advice- go on an empty stomach, wear comfortable footwear and go in a larger group so you can try out the food at numerous stalls without wasting any food.
If you eat beef, definitely try the beef seekh. I don’t eat much beef, but these were cooked really well. .
If you want try the snacks, go earlier in the evening so that you can get them fresh.
My favourite from the night was the veal kebab which we got opposite Charminar. Could’ve eaten another plate of these babies but wanted to save space to try out food from the other stalls. You must also try the Anda Kheema Roti. I was so busy eating it that i forgot to get a picture of it.
We ended the night on a sweet note of course. While buying Jalebis, buy the ones that are hot and fresh.
Since Ramzan is almost coming to an end, I would suggest that you make a trip to Mosque Road very very soon.