Rawalpindi Food Street attracts visitors
By Mohammad Kamran
ISLAMABAD: Food businesses seldom face slumps and the rising trend of food streets in the metropolises have introduced a healthy culture for middle class families.
The Rawalpindi Food Street offers a variety of traditional and continental dishes as well as a perfect place for formal and informal gatherings. Members of middle class society prefer the food street, as the food is more affordable to them when compared to posh restaurants and hotels.
“I always prefer to invite my friends the food street. It is very economical. You just go through the menu, place an instant order and enjoy quick service and delicious food. The same food offered at lavish hotels is much more costly than that at food street,” said Siddique Alvi, a frequent visitor of the Rawalpindi Food Street.
It is usually difficult to find space in the food street during rush hours. At noon, a majority of the visitors are office workers, while at night families are seen to frequent it. In an open-air atmosphere, diners chat, gossip and discuss routine matters.
One customer said he used to go to Islamabad where the first food park in the twin cities was established around three years ago, adding that he preferred the one in Rawalpindi, as it was closer.
“Usually, we face problems on weekends and public holidays when there is an immense rush of visitors. We cannot arrange extra seats for customers because of the shortage of space, which is why many customers go back without eating here,” said Muhammad Ramazan, the proprietor of a ‘pulao kabab’ shop in Rawalpindi Food Street.