Happening and exciting are certainly two adjectives anybody would use to describe the OMR food street in Thoraipakkam, an agglomeration of various street food vendors aligned in the pattern of a street, where one can treat themselves to quick bites from a vast array of cuisines. Although eclipsed by the much larger and recent OMR food street outlets at various corners of the city, this original agglomeration stands strong drawing in people from other parts of town as well as the IT corridor populace.

The place is lit and abuzz especially in the evenings, when eager foodies throng it’s lanes for delicious treats. One can sample local delicacies like the Madurai based jigarthanda to exotic snacks like the Burmese Atho, which is slowly becoming a favorite in the City, all within its two lanes. The jigarthanda, a cross of a payasam and falooda, is a delight to try and is made in authentic Madurai style in two versions. The special Jigarthanda is certainly a personal favorite. The Atho , introduced to Madras near Parry’s corner makes its presence felt in ‘Burma square’ in the food street and has cut down travel time and distance for enthusiastic foodies wanting to try it in this side of town. Other staples like Chat, ice creams, sodas, pizzas are also available in various stalls.

Despite being the oldest one, innovation is a constant facet in this food street, where the team is planning to establish a coupon system that can be obtained and redeemed in the stalls. Certainly a mecca for foodies, do pay a visit to enjoy it as much as I did!

Pranav P Iyer@pastrydumpChennai