Indian cuisine: Big hit with CWG visitors

Last Updated: Sep 26, 2010, 21:53 PM IST

New Delhi: The Commonwealth Games Village may have been drubbed "filthy and unlivable" by foreign delegates and athletes, but they are highly impressed by the variety of Indian cuisines they are being served at the Village.

A number of delegates and athletes, here to assess arrangements made by the Organising Committee (OC), felt touched by the quality of food.

Despite difficulties in pronouncing the names of the dishes, the athletes lavished rich praises when asked about the quality of food served to them.

Thanks to its delicious dishes, the gigantic dining hall, with a capacity to accommodate about 2,300 people at one go, is turning out to be the major attraction for all Indian and foreign athletes. The hall can serve about 40,000 people in a day.

"Food here is really awesome. I`m trying a lot of cuisines here. It is simply class apart," said Tuelo Daniel Serufho, Chef De Mission, Botswana.

Jackie Desouza, Press Attache, Canada, seconded Serufho`s views. "Food is really excellent here. It is really very nice," said Desouza.

Harnam Singh, chief coach of national weightlifting team, too praised the quality of food. "All facilities here are very good. The food is matchless. Everyone is appreciating it," he said.

Vice Chairman of the Organising Committee, Randhir Singh added that, "Every dish from the world is available here. The quality of food is beyond anybody`s match. All athletes and delegates are appreciating it."

Managers of food division say that their effort is to make people feel at home as far as food is concerned. "We have all the cuisines in the world. Our efforts are to make the athletes feel at home and give them a great dining experience," chief of catering division, Ajay Grover had said earlier.

PTI