Food Stop Diner offers relief to railway passengers serving Continental and Chinese fare
Braving the canteen food is one of the most nightmarish issues when it comes to railway travel. Casino Air Caterers and Flight Services’ (CAFS) new collaborative project is the answer to every travellers’
last-minute rush to grab a diet that is least of all hygienic.
Food Stop Diner at Ernakulam Junction sports design elements inspired by railway platforms and most importantly is thoughtfully crafted in two-floors so as to make lugging the baggage easier.
“With about 80,000 people moving in and out of the station every day, we’re leaning on practicality and serving traveller-friendly dishes that are easy for takeaway,” says corporate GM Dominic Joseph, as we pick a barbecue chicken sandwich stuffed with well-grilled meat and zucchini.
Of course, they have the idli-vada and bread-omelette combo popular on trains, but their four self-service counters do offer a bit more.
With three counters including Asian Street serving Indo-Chinese cuisine, Curry Tree (non-veg), and Snacks on the ground floor, we head to the first floor 80-cover seating area, which also houses the Tiffin (veg) counter.
“Our bread and spice-mixes are all in-house preparations and we replenish stocks every day from our central kitchen,” informs chef Roy Varghese, as he serves us an idli bucket featuring the signature mini ‘melt-in-your-mouth’ idlis swimming in a sambar broth.
Forget unhealthy biryanis while travelling and pick a combo meal including fried rice and pot-roasted chicken from the Asian Street counter.
If your palate is being stubbornly Malayali, the rich kallappam and mild nadan kozhi curry would definitely satiate you. Dominic also informs the brand’s plan to expand to Kerala’s highways as we try their masala-steeped chicken Chettinad dosa.