Healthy and safe? Restaurants in Unlock 3.0

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Unlock 3.0 has been announced, but have things actually improved? With 55k cases being added daily, the COVID-19 situation in India seems bleaker now. The opening of restaurants on June 8, did not change the situation much as most of them are witnessing exceedingly reduced footfalls. But thankfully most people are ordering food now. Several restaurants have risen up to the occasion and are adopting stringent food safety measures and have also modified their menus by adding healthier options.

If you think of momos as the forbidden fruit, post lockdown-Momo King is here to change this belief. The Himalayan momo chain has introduced a number of healthy items on its menu-without compromising on taste. Apart from the regular comforting Darjeeling and Nepali Momos that they have including the wide range of Thukpas, Kothey, Cholia and Laska, the new range of healthy momos that have been introduced are definitely the need of the hour. For those worried about their immunity, weight or allergies can choose from nut free and soy free vegan momos with exotic filling of beetroot, spinach, corn and mushroom, gluten free momos with water chestnut, shrimp and chicken filling and whole wheat momos made more wholsesome with cheese, chicken and pork. The Malaysian Laska Momo stands out for its aroma, state and flavourful broth. If one is looking for a bowl of comfort, Momo King has a lot to offer now.

Parathas are what we all crave for, all the time. And with the absence of domestic helps, for many of us they are a luxury now. But thanks to Nai Dilli Ke Parathe in GK-2, one can always order tasty and healthy parathas at home. On starting this chic and exclusive Paratha outlet Chef Chiquita Gulati says, “Most outlets delivering them are either dhabas or very small outlets doing simple basic menus. We already had a solid team of tandoor chefs thanks to Spice Market and our other concepts. So we decided to venture into a premium Parantha segment where equal importance is given to taste, packaging and customisation.” And indeed, the concept is unique and creative. You can choose the dough and the stuffing and get a customised paratha made. And when the parathas get delivered at your place, they surpass the packaging of even the best international brands. “We offer an extreme range of paranthas and an even further level of customisation through kinds of doughs, stuffings, toppings, condiments and cooking methods. You can make your own Parantha with 4 kinds of doughs, 20 kinds of stuffings and 4 kinds of butters and tandoor / tawa cooking methods,” says Gulati. The must try parathas from the place include, Palak Paneer Paratha, Beetroot and Cheese Paratha (trust us, it deserves the crown), Keema Paratha, the spicy and crunchy Papad Churi Paratha and the amazing Bhujia Paratha. They can be paired with comforting sides like Dal Makhani and Chicken curry along with a range of drinks.

For those who cannot do without their weekly dose of pizza, recently, Pizza Hut has issued contactless services across all the channels, whether it’s takeaway, delivery or even dine-in. To ensure the safety of consumers during this pandemic, the restaurant is taking all kinds of precautions like baking food at 240°C for a minimum of 6 minutes, which eliminates all viruses and bacteria. Speaking on the same, Merrill Pereyra, MD, Pizza Hut India Subcontinent said, “At Pizza Hut, we have ensured that our staff and kitchens meet the world’s best safety and hygiene standards. For contactless delivery, the cooked food is packed directly from our oven into disinfected boxes, untouched and is sealed with tamper-proof safety seals which ensures that the order is completely safe for our customers. All these measures have helped us deliver on the promise of ‘Trust in Every Bite’.

Mc Donald’s North and East has introduced Whole Wheat buns in its restaurants in a bid to offer its customers a wholesome and nutritious option. Now existing burgers can be ordered with whole wheat bun. Besides, as part of its commitment to quality and safety in the current times, McDonald’s India – North and East has introduced McDonald’s Global ‘Safety+’ program that includes nearly 50-plus process changes in the restaurant operations to ensure a seamless experience for its customers whether it is a safe dining-in, or delivery and take away experience.

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