Megumi: Bandra's Newest Luxury Japanese-Pan Asian Restobar

Megumi: Bandra's Newest Luxury Japanese-Pan Asian Restobar

By Author

Published on February 21, 2024

Mumbai's culinary landscape has just been enriched with the opening of Megumi, a luxury Japanese-Pan Asian restobar located in the bustling neighborhood of Bandra. This 6000 sq.ft. dining haven is the brainchild of hospitality icon Mr. Raj Shetty, founder and chairman of Ramee Hospitality, and promises an unforgettable experience for food lovers and those seeking new and exciting dining options.

Megumi is more than just a restaurant; it's a fusion of Japanese Nikkei resto-bar culture and philosophy, offering a unique dining experience that marries the delicate art of Japanese cuisine with ultra-fine-dining flavors. The restaurant's interior, inspired by Brazilian bamboo-weaving culture and designed by Minal Chopra, provides a warm and welcoming ambiance, complemented by modern Japanese cuisine and drinks.

At the helm of Megumi's culinary journey is Chef Raman Udas, an alumnus of the prestigious Zuma in Dubai, where he honed his skills under Chef Reif Othman. Chef Udas brings his expertise and creativity to Megumi, crafting a menu that perfectly aligns with Japanese philosophies and showcases the freshest, highest-quality ingredients, many of which are locally sourced.

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The menu at Megumi is a testament to the fusion of cultures, featuring traditional sushi with a twist, innovative ceviches, and a selection of Nikkei cuisine that promises to delight the palate. Highlights include the inventive TOPPOGI, the sumptuous LOBSTER ROLL, the delectable CORN ON COB, and the flavorful TEBASAKI WINGS. The restaurant also features a live sushi bar, offering an array of exotic seafood options, and a diverse menu that caters to both vegetarian and non-vegetarian guests.

Megumi's cocktail program is an expression of Japanese philosophy, with signature drinks like Wabi Sabi and Kintsugi, each served in a 'kintsungi' glass that embodies the tradition of fixing broken glass with gold. The 'Indie-Asian' section of the menu, featuring ingredients from the Seven Sisters of Northeast India, is a nod to the region's rich culinary heritage.

Rajit V Shetty, MD at Ramee Hospitality, expresses his ambition for Megumi, aiming to elevate every aspect of the dining experience, from service to food quality. "Experience a pinnacle of culinary excellence as we proudly unveil Megumi in the heart of Mumbai. Our fusion of Japanese tradition and contemporary innovation promises an unparalleled blessing in dining experience."

Megumi invites residents and visitors to Bandra to embark on a culinary adventure that transcends borders, blending tradition with innovation in a way that only Megumi can.

Address: 9th floor, Ramee Emerald II, Linking Rd, above Nike Showroom, Vithaldas Nagar, Santacruz West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400054

About Megumi: Located in the heart of Bandra, Mumbai, Megumi offers a sophisticated Japanese menu with a Nikkei soul, dedicated to delivering an unparalleled dining experience where culinary innovation meets cultural fusion.


Burash Unveils a Sun-Kissed Summer Menu with Fresh Flavours

Burash Unveils a Sun-Kissed Summer Menu with Fresh Flavours

By Author

Published on June 18, 2024

Burash, a casual fine-dining restaurant renowned for its exquisite Mediterranean cuisine, introduces its much-anticipated ‘Summer Menu’. Crafted to embrace the vibrant flavors of the season, this menu showcases an array of tantalizing dishes and innovative mocktails, promising guests an unforgettable summer dining experience.

As temperatures rise in Delhi and NCR, Burash, situated in NOIDA, invites guests to cool off with a selection of refreshing mocktails infused with the essence of summer's bounty. The restaurant introduces a stunning new mocktail menu boasting vibrant creations like "Sunset Hues," a visually stunning mocktail that captures the essence of a summer evening. For the adventurous palate, "Eden's Gift" offers a unique and flavorful twist, while "Night Shade" promises a sophisticated and refreshing experience. Mango, the undisputed king of summer fruits, takes center stage in a selection of specially crafted mango-infused mocktails. These delightful mocktails are sure to become a summertime favorite, as each sip offers a delightful escape from the heat.

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In addition to the refreshing libations, Burash's summer menu features an array of delectable dishes inspired by seasonal ingredients. From fresh salads bursting with flavor to succulent seafood delicacies, each dish is expertly prepared to capture the essence of summer on a plate.

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"We're thrilled to unveil our summer menu, which is a celebration of the season's needs," says Chef Rishab Gupta, Co-founder of Burash. “We, at Burash, celebrate all the seasons. The dull summers require the most pampering to feel rejuvenated and vibrant. We wish to offer the best refreshing menu on our guests’ plate.”

Prepare to embark on a culinary adventure like no other as Burash invites you to indulge in the flavors of summer. The new summer menu is now available at the restaurant. Reservations are highly recommended. To book your table and embark on a culinary adventure, please visit Burash's website at Burash.

About Burash:

Burash is a casual dining restaurant where expert culinary techniques meet the bounty of nature. Founded by Chef Rishab Gupta, Burash's philosophy centers around meticulous foraging and crafting a menu that celebrates seasonality, high-quality ingredients, and mindful nutrition. The restaurant boasts an extensive menu featuring salads, pastas, pizzas, and a vibrant selection of Mediterranean and Italian favorites. Burash caters to diverse dietary needs, offering vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and non-vegetarian options. Located in the heart of Noida, NCR, Burash offers a delightful escape from the city bustle. Nestled amidst lush greenery, the restaurant features both indoor and outdoor seating, allowing guests to savor delicious Mediterranean cuisine in a beautiful setting.


Chef Vinesh Johny Celebrated as 'Born Original' Chef in Callebaut's Global Campaign

Chef Vinesh Johny Celebrated as 'Born Original' Chef in Callebaut's Global Campaign

By Nishang Narayan

Published on June 18, 2024

Callebaut, the home of the finest Belgian chocolate since 1911, proudly launches its 'Born Original' campaign within Asia's vibrant culinary scene by honoring Chef Vinesh Johny as the region's first official Born Original Chef. This initiative celebrates visionary chefs who inspire through their unique culinary journeys and embody originality.

The 'Born Original' concept underscores the deep connection between the brand and the chefs it supports, both true originals in their fields. Callebaut, renowned for its original taste of Belgium, understands the challenges chefs and artisans face and stands by them as they create and innovate.

Chef Vinesh Johny, co-founder of Lavonne Academy of Baking Science and Pastry Arts in Bengaluru, India, epitomizes the 'Born Original' ethos. From humble beginnings to becoming a trailblazer in Indian pastry arts, his story is one of resilience, passion, and relentless pursuit of excellence. His first encounter with Callebaut chocolate ignited a fervor for pastry, driving his innovation and creativity.

Reflecting on his journey, Chef Vinesh Johny shared, "I wasn’t made for schools and textbooks, but I was born to use my hands and create. The discovery of quality chocolate was a revelation that set my passion for pastry ablaze. With Callebaut, I've found a medium that allows me to push the boundaries of creativity. Being a part of the Born Original campaign was a very organic collaboration for me personally, and I’m thrilled to be representing Callebaut Born Original in India & Asia."

Dhruva Jyoti Sanyal, Managing Director of Barry Callebaut Cocoa and Chocolate Ingredients, India, emphasized the significance of supporting chefs in their creative endeavors. "Every artisan and chef strives to differentiate themselves and create delights that excite customers. By collaborating with Chef Vinesh Johny, we feel the message will be delivered to our end consumers and create an impact correctly. As chocolate rises in India and the region emerges as the future of chocolate, we stand by our chefs as a steadfast partner, providing the original chocolate they can count on to pursue their passion."

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Xuan-Lai Huynh, Global Brand Leader - Callebaut, added, "We are committed to demonstrating our unwavering dedication to our customers. By prioritizing service excellence and reaffirming our values, we empower chefs and artisans worldwide to continue creating their finest works with Callebaut, the original taste of Belgium."

So far, the campaign has featured stories of Sebastian Pettersson, a pastry chef and chocolatier in Sweden; Anaïs Gaudemer, a floral pastry chef in Brussels; Nicolas Nikolakopoulos, a pastry chef and desserts designer in Greece; and Lungi Mhlanga, a bakery chef in London. Chef Vinesh’s story will go live digitally on June 14, 2024, on the Callebaut global and India channels. The series will emphasize his major role in revolutionizing the Indian pastry landscape and bringing local talent to the global stage.

For more information on Born Original and to discover inspiring recipes, visit www.callebaut.com

About Callebaut:

In 1911, Octaaf Callebaut surprised his brothers by presenting them with his first chocolate, made in secrecy in the heart of the family-owned brewery in Wieze. Octaaf had acquired the craft during a six-month internship with a Parisian chocolate-making company. No one knew.

Octaaf’s entrepreneurial dream would create a big shift for the family company. Octaaf’s recipes quickly found their way to the hearts of Belgian consumers. But the business started taking off when Octaaf and his brother Richard focused on making chocolate for Belgian chocolatiers and professionals.

They created unique and high-quality recipes for professionals such as the 811, the 823, and the W2: iconic chocolate recipes that to this very day are preferred by chefs and artisans around the world. Throughout the years, Callebaut kept perfecting the craft from bean-to-bar and innovated with the very first transportation of liquid chocolate to its customers, the invention of Callets™ made it easier to dose, melt and temper chocolate, the launch of ruby chocolate, and the creation of the NXT dairy-free chocolate for professionals in response to the rise of delicious plant-based products.

In 2011, Callebaut also made a bold shift to sustainable cocoa for all its chocolate recipes, leading to the first fully traceable chocolates in 2020 in partnership with Cocoa Horizons. Throughout all its activities, the spirit of founding father Octaaf Callebaut lingers on. His entrepreneurial spirit – always in pursuit of better – has been the guiding principle for Callebaut to keep feeding the dreams and ambitions of artisans and chefs worldwide. From young starting professionals to mature chocolatiers who want to grow their business, it’s Callebaut’s mission to support artisans in making their mark.


CYK Hospitalities Curates Casa Dona, a Mexican QSR in Gurugram

CYK Hospitalities Curates Casa Dona, a Mexican QSR in Gurugram

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on June 14, 2024

CYK Hospitalities, a renowned F&B consultancy, has successfully launched Casa Dona, a new Mexican quick-service restaurant (QSR) in D.L.F Cyber Park, Gurugram. This is the second outlet of Casa Dona, with the first located in Hudson Lane, Delhi. CYK has meticulously curated every aspect of this new venture, from logo design and brand identity to menu development and location selection.

The consultancy has crafted a unique menu celebrating authentic Mexican cuisine, featuring savory tacos and zesty enchiladas. They have also introduced innovative homemade nachos in beetroot and spinach flavors. To ensure smooth operations, CYK has handpicked and trained staff members who are passionate about delivering exceptional service.

Casa Dona's interiors reflect vibrant Mexican aesthetics, creating an inviting atmosphere for Gurugram residents. The commitment to authenticity is evident in both the menu and the warm hospitality offered at the restaurant.

Sandeep Bansal, Founder of Casa Dona, praised CYK Hospitalities for their integral role in shaping the brand and ensuring that each dish caters to the diverse palates of D.L.F Cyber Park's corporate crowd. He emphasized that CYK's expertise promises an unforgettable dining experience for every patron.

Pulkit Arora, Director of CYK Hospitalities, highlighted the strategic alignment of Casa Dona's vision with market trends and consumer preferences. He stressed the importance of choosing the right location for the QSR, which is crucial for brand growth. CYK also focused on curating a distinctive and welcoming space that connects with the target audience and reflects the restaurant's values. Their culinary experts developed a varied and appealing menu that showcases the best of Mexican cuisine.

In addition to the new outlet, CYK has been instrumental in setting up Casa Dona's base kitchen in North Campus, Delhi, ensuring seamless operations.

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About CYK Hospitalities

CYK Hospitalities, founded by F&B industry experts, offers comprehensive consulting services in brand building within the food and beverage and hospitality sectors. They assist clients in gaining recognition through consistent support in leasing, location mapping, expansion, exposure, networking, hiring and training, competitor analysis, menu engineering, chef hiring, SOP formation, recipes, and food pricing.

The company has partnered with notable space providers such as Phoenix Mall, Pacific Mall, DLF, Vegas Mall, Lulu Group, Lakeshore, and Lovely Professional University, establishing a strong presence in the industry.

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