Indians and Afghanis here are bonding over food as they savour authentic Afghani cuisine at a specialty restaurant.
Located in South Delhi's Lajpat Nagar area, the 'Afghan Restaurant' is thronged by foodies in large numbers.
Set up in 2004, by an Afghani national, who migrated to India in a bid to earn his living, the restaurant has carved a niche for itself as both Indians and Afghanis frequent the place.
Afghanis visit the place to savour the authentic cuisine from their homeland while Indians come here to relish the delicacies of another country.
"Afghanis come here because of the authentic cuisine that we serve whereas for Indians, the place holds interest as they find the food different and really like it a lot. We don't make use of many spices, but, the cooking style is different. Maybe that's the reason they come here," said Idrish Hussain, Manager of the Restaurant.
Done up in traditional classic Afghani décor, the restaurant, apart from attracting Indians, also provides the Afghani immigrants with an opportunity to bond with the fellow countrymen, providing them with a home away from home.
"Food is available at several places, but what brings me to this place is cuisine from my own country. Whenever, I return to Afghanistan I will tell my friends and relatives about this place. The other main reason for coming here is the use of Afghani language which binds us together," said Ibrahim, a visitor.
Hospitality is very integral to the Afghan code of honour and the tradition is maintained in the restaurant as well.
Afghans traditionally squat on the floor for their meals sitting around large colourful cushions, called toshak. At the restaurant, a special floor for dining has been created to make visitors get a feel of the original and to make them feel at home.
Along with the food, the restaurant provides visitors an opportunity to discuss the latest events in Afghanistan.
At the eatery, the Afghans share business and views on the situation back home.
They are working hard to be financially strong and contribute to the economy of Afghanistan.