Leisure Valley Park: Gurgaon’s favourite food hangout

  • Naina Arora, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Jul 27, 2016 18:59 IST
With dip in the temperatures, the evenings are a buzz with youngsters, corporates and families alike at Leisure Valley Park, Gurgaon. (Manoj Verma/HT)

Think of freshly rolled sushis, steaks, fusion chaat, Chinese, Thai, sumptuous crepes and waffles. With more then twenty food trucks at Sector 29, Leisure Valley, Gurgaon, is indeed a foodies delight. Owing to a welcome dip in temperature, it’s even more buzzing these days. In addition, there is vast designated parking spot, a comfortable seating space to a wide variety of scrumptious food, it’s a win-win situation with several trucks at one stop says the frequent visitors.

There’s no dearth of delectable dishes. You can choose from the Kiwi sugarcane popsicle at Frugurpop, Crispy Prawn Sushi at Sushi House Mafia, Chicken Burrito at The Crazy Tucker, Thai Bhaaji and Bok Choy Ki Chaat at Le Chaat Factory, the Red Chicken Burger at Something Saucy, or even Korean BBQ wings at Drifters Cafe or Belgian waffles at Eggjactly food truck. There is ample mouth-watering dishes to satiate your taste buds from 6 to 11pm everyday. Vikrant Misra, owner of a food truck, tells us, “The place is packed for five hours every day. Weekdays see more of a corporate crowd, while evenings are immensely popular with college goers. The weekends are more family-oriented. The customers park their car, and enjoy the seating area. If it’s raining, people eat in their cars. Since the food trucks would earlier parked on the main roads, it used to create havoc on weekends. We wanted to reduce that, and be part of an organized system. Police and MCG are happy with the way we are working. We have our own house-keeping, security agency. The entire association takes care that nobody in the car or outside is having liquor.”

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The college goers bring the place to life with their friendly banter. They enjoy hogging on good food and catching Pokemons at Leisure Valley. Udaydeep Jindal, a student, says, “I had waffles and Chicken Burrito. Eating at food trucks is easier on my pocket. We go for a drink at Sector 29 and eat here.” Payal Basu, another student adds, “We were catching Pokemons as there are like 30 Pokestops here. The place is pretty good as there are so many varieties of food to choose from.It becomes hard to decide. My first experience here was great.”

It’s a great hangout with friends and easier on the pocket, shares Rayman Kharyal, a university student from Gurgaon, who was there with her gang of friends. “It was my second time at the place tonight. I got my other friends out tonight since the food is so good. We tried the grills and rolls here. It doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket as compared to food at pubs and restaurants,” she says.

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The place is a hit not with just youngsters, but with families too! Ankur Saluja, a corporate professional from Gurgaon, says, “The ambience and atmosphere is great for family outings too. It’s a different experience as compared to restaurants as it’s more informal. It gives space for kids to move around too.”

“It’s more organized now. Moreover it’s clean and well-maintained. It used to be a chaos earlier when the trucks would serve outside. People used to park their cars on road leading to traffic snarls. The owners are themselves standing and taking food orders. Delhi is still yet to see a designated spot for food trucks such as this,” says Sanjeev Bhandari, a corporate professional from Sushant Lok.

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