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#Unlock1.0: Park Street restaurants impress customers with food, safety

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It is the first place that invariably comes to our mind at the mention of eating out. The hub of restaurants, Park Street came back to life on Monday as foodies, friends and office-goers went back to their favourite joints and relished the good old taste that no amount of social distancing can change. CT spoke to a few happy and impressed customers.

‘My fave chelo kebab still tastes the same’

A self-confessed foodie, the last time Sudevi Basak visited her favourite restaurant was back in March. One of the first customers at Park Street on Monday, she told CT, “I love eating out. So, I had to be at my favourite restaurant, having my favourite dish today.”
The safety protocols being followed at Peter Cat reassured Sudevi. “After eating here, I feel it is absolutely safe to have food outside. At home, we do not sanitise everything the way restaurants do. Thermal screening, hand sanitiser, masks, face shields — these people have gone all out to create a safe atmosphere,” she said.

Though social distancing norms have altered the ambience of the place, the food remains as good as before. “I ordered my favourite chelo kebab and it tasted as delicious as ever. However, I am used to seeing this place buzzing with activity, which is not the case now as they are running on 50% capacity,” she shared

As she stepped in, the restaurant seemed like a high-security place, which is unlike the usual vibes one used to get at food joints. “This is not how I remembered this place. But this is the new normal and it makes me feel more secure,” added Sudevi.

‘Ordering in food is not the same as eating out’

On Monday afternoon, best friends Rishab Dariyanani and Anique Israil caught up at their favourite restaurant, Oasis, after months. Talking to CT post a hearty lunch, Rishab said, “It feels awesome to be able to step out of the house, especially when you can visit your favourite food joint. During the lockdown, we used to order food from here, but this feeling is unmatched.”

Though they were initially sceptical, Monday’s experience completely changed their perception. “The restaurant seems more secure than our homes. The precautions they are taking are much more sophisticated. I am mighty impressed,” said Anique.

Another surprise for them was that all the food was being served in sizzling platters to minimise the chances of infection. “I think that’s a great idea. They also have digital menus and thermal screening. This is clearly the new normal and we must get used to it as soon as possible,” added Rishab.


Source: Times of India

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