The Pantry service of the Indian Railways is provided on long distance trains. It serves a wide range of food and has quality and cleanliness. This service helps passengers get food without having to get of the train.
The pantry car serves a wide range of food right from meals to cold drinks. They also serve tea, coffee and snacks. The room service facility is available on trains where the pantry staff takes your order and brings it to your seat. You may also take a walk to the pantry car to place your order and collect your meal. The service that is provided needs to be paid for by you as it is not included in your ticket.
The basic menu of the pantry car is vegetarian. Egg omelets are also served by the pantry car. If you want a non vegetarian meal then chicken curry and other non-vegetarian dishes are served at the station for around a dollar per meal per person. The prices of the food available are slightly higher than the local restaurants but the food and its quality is pretty decent on an express train. Meals are served during lunch and dinner. The meals are to be ordered in advance. The order is taken down by the pantry staff and delivered to your seat at the time of lunch or dinner. Orders for breakfast are also accepted.
Always remember to check the identity card of the person you are placing your order with so that you are sure he is part of the Indian Railways Pantry staff.