The Great Railway Food Journey – Evoking Nostalgia at 3 Spices, Doubletree by Hilton!

What: The Great Railway Food Journey
Where: 3 Spices, Doubletree by Hilton, Chinchwad
When: All month long June 2019; Dinner only
Cost: A La Carte

What comes to your mind, when I say Rail Journeys? – Some might say chit-chatting with strangers, vacations with family, watch running trees out of the windows, peeping from the top berth and much more but majorly for all of us it is somewhere about food. Waiting for the stations and that sound of "chai-chai" and "cutlets" is still in our minds. However, most of our travel is now shifted from trains to flights but the train still retains its charm.

To relive those memories, 3 spices at DoubleTree by Hilton, Pune, is taking you on a nostalgic gastronomical journey through their ongoing food festival – The Great Railway Food Journey. The delicacies are from the three major railway routes viz. Northern, Eastern, and Southern including food from stations and canteen. The A La Carte menu ranges from Poori Bhaji to Peda to Luchi Ghugni to Kuli Paniyaram and if you find difficult choosing what to eat; they also offer preset, reasonably priced wholesome Veg/Non-Veg Thali (Rs.650).

3 Spices always surprises me with their brilliant concepts. Read about my best ever Rangeelo Rajasthan Food Festival in Pune at 3 Spices, Doubletree by Hilton.

We tried all the three thalis from different routes – Northern, Eastern, and Southern and some best sellers from A la carte as well. Northern railway route has some interesting dishes like Hare Matar ki Kachori, Moong Dal Mangodi, Agra ka Petha, Chhole with Tawa Parantha while the Thali had a scrumptious spread of all in one. The Vegetarian Thali had Tawa Parantha, Matar Paneer, Mixed Veg, Dal, Chawal, Papad, Gulabjamun, and Salad. I would say it was the best bet if you are looking for a delicious yet filling meal.

I have never tried anything from the Eastern Railway route but the dishes like Luchi Ghugni, Egg Cutlets, Gur Rasgulla were surely luring me. The Veg Thali had Luchi, Cholar Dal, Baigun Bhaja, Mixed Veg, Gur Rasgulla, Papad, Rice, Salad and Pickle. Every dish is unique in taste and texture. Loved the subtle taste of each element.

The Southern Railway menu too had fascinating dishes like Rasam, Paniyaram, Masala Dosa, Payasam, Pongal, Biryani to name a few. The wholesome thali had Poori, Aloo Bhaji, Mixed veg, Sambar, Rasam, Lemon Rice, Papad.

Highly recommended is the super flavourful South Indian Veg Biryani. Cooked with whole spices, one could feel the freshness and taste from the region.

Desserts too were authentic and regional. We had best ever Pedha, Petha, Gulabjamun and Payasam.

Ended our meal with the soul-satisfying Filter Kaapi. Replacement of jaggery made it a healthier version. Must not be missed.

What I liked most about this feast was the representation of unity in diversity which our railways are a perfect example of. The simplicity of the meal, presentation, the taste, and the textures were bang on. I am sure you would not want to miss it. Special mention to the Chef Balaji, GM Mr. Malla and the team for the brilliant concept and flawless execution. Cheers for this one and more!