Gauri Khan Dazzles Mumbai with Her New Restaurant Venture, Torii

Gauri Khan Dazzles Mumbai with Her New Restaurant Venture, Torii

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Published on February 12, 2024

Gauri Khan, renowned interior designer and wife of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, has expanded her illustrious portfolio with the launch of her latest venture, Torii, a restaurant that promises to add a new dimension to Mumbai's dining scene. With her exceptional design skills, Gauri Khan has already made significant strides in the design world through her firm, Gauri Khan Designs, transforming numerous celebrity homes and hospitality spaces into marvels of interior decor. Despite the challenges of balancing her professional identity with the celebrity status associated with her husband, Gauri continues to carve her niche, recently stepping into the literary world with her debut book, "My Life In Design."

About Gauri Khan

Gauri Khan's multifaceted career spans interior decorating, film production, and now, hospitality. Her design firm, Gauri Khan Designs, is known for its elegant and sophisticated makeovers of suburban Mumbai restaurants and celebrity homes, including those of Alia Bhatt, Karan Johar, and Malaika Arora, to name a few. Her ventures into restaurant design, like Arth and Sanchos, showcase her flair for creating spaces that are both stylish and inviting.

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Torii: A New Culinary Destination

Torii, set in the vibrant locale of Bandra, Mumbai, stands out with its unique offering of Latin-Asian fusion cuisine, a concept brought to life by the combined vision of Gauri Khan and the culinary expertise of expat Chef Thomas Catley, alongside entrepreneur Abhayraj Singh Kohli of Grandmama’s Cafe fame. The restaurant is poised to be a game-changer in Mumbai's dining landscape, particularly with its al fresco dining setup, a rarity in the city, providing a serene oasis amidst the urban hustle.

The restaurant's decor is a testament to Gauri Khan's design

 philosophy—minimal yet impactful, with murals of Japanese geishas and Latin American textiles blending to create an inviting atmosphere. Torii's menu is adventurous, aiming to meld the bold flavors of progressive Asian cuisine into innovative dishes that challenge and delight the palate. Highlights include the Watermelon Carpaccio, Tuna or Red Snapper Ceviche, and the vegetarian-friendly Beer Battered Snapper Tacos, showcasing fresh produce and strong, memorable flavors.

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With its dynamic ambience, knowledgeable service, and a drinks menu that features collaborations with Bombay Duck Brewing, Torii offers an immersive dining experience. The restaurant's commitment to innovation is evident in every aspect, from the food to the decor, making it a must-visit for those seeking new culinary adventures in Mumbai.

Torii is more than just a restaurant; it's a reflection of Gauri Khan's diverse talents and her ability to create spaces that tell a story. As Torii opens its doors, it invites diners to experience a fusion of cultures and flavors, set against the backdrop of Gauri's impeccable design. This new venture is a testament to her continuing impact on India's design and culinary landscapes, promising an unforgettable experience for all who visit.


Experience Luxury at The Den’s Sunday Drunch

Experience Luxury at The Den’s Sunday Drunch

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on May 30, 2024

Looking for a Sunday brunch with a touch of luxury? The Den in Whitefield, Bengaluru, offers an exquisite Sunday Drunch that combines opulence, impeccable service, and culinary excellence.

At The Den, Executive Chef Vineeth Jayan and his talented team have crafted a menu that brings together classic favorites and innovative dishes. Each week, the brunch features a unique theme with global micro-cuisines, ensuring a fresh and exciting culinary adventure every Sunday.

From 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM, brunch guests can enjoy complimentary access to The Den's pool, adding a relaxing touch to your dining experience. For families, The Den provides dedicated playhouse activities and a movie screening to keep the little ones entertained.

The Drunch also offers an alcoholic package with unlimited servings of sparkling wines, spirits, and cocktails, ensuring a truly indulgent experience.

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Event Details

What: The Den Drunch

When: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, every Sunday

Where: Creek, The Den

Price: INR 2199++ (non-alcoholic), INR 2999++ (alcoholic), INR 1099++ (kids 6 to 12 years)

Reservations: +080 71117272 or +91 9513677272

Elevate your Sunday with a luxurious brunch at The Den, where every detail is designed to create an unforgettable dining experience.


Chef Vedangi Gawde Triumphs as India's Callebaut Pâtissier of the Year 2024

Chef Vedangi Gawde Triumphs as India's Callebaut Pâtissier of the Year 2024

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on May 30, 2024

The prestigious Callebaut Pâtissier of the Year 2024 competition, showcasing India’s finest pastry talent, recently concluded in Mumbai. This year, Chef Vedangi Gawde was crowned the winner, with Chef Yash Chhabria as the first runner-up and Chef Sandeep Sharma and Chef Nilesh Dewulkar sharing the second runner-up spot.

Callebaut, famed for its high-quality Belgian chocolate, organized the event in collaboration with Taj Lands End as the Hospitality Partner. Now in its third edition, the competition aims to provide a platform for India’s top pastry chefs to showcase their innovative use of chocolate in bakery, pastry, and confectionery creations.

The journey to the finale was marked by remarkable talent and creativity. Pastry chefs from across India participated in regional qualifiers held in Mumbai, Delhi, and Bengaluru. The eight finalists—Chef Krishanu Dey, Chef Milan Shoran, Chef Sandeep Sharma, Chef Vedangi Gawde, Chef Anshul Grover, Chef Nilesh Dewulkar, Chef Shashi Kiran, and Chef Yash Chhabria—competed fiercely for the top honors.

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Chef Vedangi Gawde, Chef de Partie at Sivako, emerged victorious. Chef Yash Chhabria, Pastry Cook and Co-Founder of Cacaobleu, was the first runner-up. Chef Sandeep Sharma, Demi Chef de Partie at JW Marriott Kolkata, and Chef Nilesh Dewulkar, Pastry Chef at Sofitel BKC, tied for the second runner-up position.

Dhruva Jyoti Sanyal, Managing Director of Barry Callebaut Cocoa & Chocolate Ingredients India, expressed pride in the event's success. He highlighted the competition’s theme, "Craft Your Signature," which encouraged chefs to express their authentic selves through their creations. He praised the participants for their exceptional skill, talent, and passion displayed throughout the competition.

Chef Pratik Deshmukh, Head of Chocolate Academy Mumbai, was thrilled with the level of talent showcased. "Overall, we had a great turnout for the competition. We had the opportunity to taste some really unique flavor combinations as well. The Chefs truly pushed their boundaries through the competition and proudly crafted their signatures. The level of pastry skill has indeed evolved, which was displayed throughout the competition, be it with newer, more efficient methods of working or flavor pairings and techniques used to craft bonbons, entremets, and other creations."

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Global Callebaut Creative Lead Chef Minette Smith, who judged the event for the second time, echoed these sentiments. She appreciated the contestants' creativity and their use of local ingredients. She remarked on the difficulty of selecting a winner due to the high level of competition and wished all participants success in their future endeavors.

Chef Vedangi Gawde said, “I am very happy to win the title of the Callebaut Patisserie for the year. This is a very special title for me, and this win means a lot to me.”

The grand finale featured contestants creating exquisite signature dishes across various categories, judged by culinary experts including Chef Minette Smith, Chef Romain Renard, Head of MENA Chocolate Academies, and Chef Arvind Prasad, Ambassador for Callebaut Chocolates in India.

The event was supported by several partners: Taj Lands End as the Hospitality Partner, The Chocolate Academy Mumbai as the Knowledge Partner, KitchenAid as the Appliance Partner, Unox as the Equipment Partner, Elle & Vire Professional and Delta Nutritives as the Ingredient Partners, BW Hotelier as the Media Partner, Zee Zest as the Lifestyle Partner, and VBev as the Celebration Partner.


McDonald’s India – North and East Celebrates Milestone with 50th McCafé Opening

McDonald’s India – North and East Celebrates Milestone with 50th McCafé Opening

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on May 29, 2024

McDonald’s India - North and East has expanded its coffee offerings with the inauguration of its 50th McCafé in the region, a significant step in their growth strategy. This expansion underscores McDonald’s commitment to making great-tasting coffee accessible to a wider audience.

McCafé, the in-restaurant coffee brand of McDonald’s, is known for its freshly brewed, barista-crafted coffee made with 100% Arabica beans. These beans are sustainably sourced and certified by the Rainforest Alliance, ensuring high standards of biodiversity conservation and preventing deforestation. Skilled baristas, extensively trained in the art of coffee making, prepare each cup to perfection. McCafé’s menu includes a variety of hot and cold beverages like Mocha, Hot Chocolate, Americano, Frappé, coolers, shakes, and a selection of delectable food items. Notably, the classic McCafé cappuccino starts at an affordable price of Rs. 99.

Rajeev Ranjan, Managing Director of McDonald’s India - North and East, expressed his excitement about the new opening, stating, “We are thrilled to launch our 50th McCafé, offering barista-crafted, great-tasting coffee in a warm and welcoming environment at a very affordable price. The rapidly increasing acceptance and preference for our McCafé offerings among our esteemed customers is truly gratifying. We plan to expand our McCafé footprint further and continue providing feel-good, delicious moments to our customers.”

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McCafé’s presence within McDonald’s restaurants adds a layer of convenience for customers. Located strategically within the restaurants, customers can enjoy multiple ordering options, including drive-thru services, especially along highways, digital self-ordering kiosks inside the premises, and home delivery.

The sustainability efforts of McCafé extend beyond just great coffee. The collaboration with the Rainforest Alliance ensures that the Arabica beans are sourced sustainably, helping coffee farmers improve productivity through sustainable farming methods and better farm management. This certification aligns with McDonald’s broader commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainable practices.

Connaught Plaza Restaurants Pvt. Ltd. operates McDonald’s outlets in the North and East of India, including the 50th McCafé in Noida, Sector-132. The company runs more than 190 restaurants across the region, serving millions of customers annually and providing direct employment to over 5,500 people. McDonald’s continues to enhance customer convenience through diverse formats such as standalone restaurants, drive-thrus, 24/7 locations, and McDelivery services.

With the opening of the 50th McCafé, McDonald’s India - North and East marks a significant milestone in its mission to offer high-quality coffee experiences. The continued expansion aims to cater to the growing demand and preferences of coffee lovers, ensuring they enjoy every sip in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

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