Christmas as I have known has been a festival of colours, hapiness, winter in the air but warmth in the hearts, carols, Santa caps and frolic. We give you 10 Must Go Places for you to make the best of your Christmas eve. So eat, pray and enjoy!
Arvind Nair, CEO of one of India’s leading South Indian cuisine chain, Sagar Ratna, has put in his papers. Sagar Ratna was operating under its investors India Equity Partners and Nair has quit due to tussle between investors and promoters.
Nair will be holding the post only until end of December 2013. According to promoters the investors have not been living upto their claims of building Sagar Ratna as a brand. While the investors claim that the promoter, Jayram Banan, has voilated the contract by opening a hotel chain, Shri Ratnam, thus destroying Sagar Ratna’s brand value.
JustEat.in, the Bangalore based food odering and table reservation venture, has raised third round funding. Though the company puts the amount as disclosed, but ensures it being the largest so far for them.
The funding led by JustEat Holdings, Forum Synergies and Axon Partners Group, will allow the venture to expand the team size, build a stronger network, accelerate growth and expand further in metros.
With the money raised, Forum Synergies and Axon Partners Group have bought a minority stake in the company, while the majority remain with UK-based Just Eat Holdings Ltd.
JustEat.in currently operates in Bangalore, Delhi (National Capital Region) and Mumbai, signed with 2,500 restaurants and 3 lakh registered users.
If Mexican food is your thing and you live in Bangalore, then we have news for you. Mamma Mexicana, a tex mex restaurant, opens at the 1 MG Mall in Bangalore. With authentic flavours assured, the space offers a complete Mexican look and feel to it, totally vibrant.
The restaurant offers a wide variety of Mexican cuisines including urrito with black bean made veggie style with rice, sour cream, pico de gayo, spicy salsa, sinfully loaded potato skin, crunchy taco with cheddar cheese, tortillas, and more.
The India based restaurant listing company, Zomato, has raised $37 million funds from Sequoia Capital as it expands its presence across Europe, South-East Asia, Australia and the America.
Zomato has been going places and now has launched websites in local dialects in areas including Jakarta (in Indonesian), Istanbul (in Turkish), and Sao Paolo (in Portuguese). Moreover, they have also opened operations in Durban, South Africa and Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland.
Zomato has till date raised $53.5 million funds.
Backed by Rocket Internet, FoodPanda, the online food delivery chain, expands operation to Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. A part of its expansion strategies, the company aims an 8-12 per cent growth in business by adding the three cities to its kitty.
FoodPanda has tied up with more than 2,000 restaurants partners across India and plans to expand the same to 5,000 across 16 cities by 2013-end.
The chain will open two stores by end of this year both in the NCR region. While one will open at the upmarket Select Citywalk (a must for all the first timers) and Ambience Mall, Gurgaon. The two names suggests that Johnny Rockets plans to operate more in the upmarket or premium segment of the market. Moreover, the same becomes obvious with the pricing of burgers which will range from Rs 275-Rs375 (any takers?). Johnny Rockets will further expand its reach to cities including Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Pune, Hyderabad and Kolkata. Continue reading What iGrow Thinks: Johnny Rockets to soon make India entry
The MasterChef Season 2 winner Shipra Khanna becomes an entrepreneur with her first restaurant. H.O.T, House of Taste, has been opened in Ahmedabad with a view that people of Gujarat love food like nowhere else.
The restaurant is all set to bring in new flavours where French dishes will get a Himachali makeover and will cater to the vegetarians of Gujarat. Before opening the restaurant, learnt some important cooking techniques from acclaimed French Chef Alain Passard.
The outlet will bring to Muscat the ambrosial Tandoori Cuisine with a wide variety of glorious meats and fabulous flatbreads to choose from. Monish Gujral, the Managing Director of the chain, an author and chef has added a contemporary essence to the old dining experience along with robust flavours of North India. He also released his cookbook “On the Kebab Trail”.
“Moti Mahal is driven by the imperative mission of preserving the authenticity of true North Indian cuisine, with its trademark substratum of Punjabi-Pathani flavours. Through our expansion plans we intend not only to expand our empire, but extend the reach of the original north Indian flavors” said Gujral.
The ambience has a contemporary and charismatic charm to it. Adorned with photos and souvenirs of Moti Mahal’s culinary journey. The restaurant can seat a hundred and also has banquet halls. What more, one can even order in for a home delivery service.
Besides its signature butter chicken, Burra Kebab, Chicken Pakora, Chicken Tikka Achari, Its menu also caters to the vegetarian palate with equal choice from dishes such as Makhamali panir tikka, Makhani Panir, Dal Moti Mahal and Subz Sizzler etc. The Makhani section which includes dishes made of cream and butter gravy like Butter Chicken, Daal Makhani, and Paneer Makhani are a must have for those who haven’t yet discovered North Indian Cuisine.
- Oman, the hot spot for tourists, film-makers (thehindu.com)
- The Vegetarian Option: Indian Vegetables for Royalty at Moti Mahal Delux (newyork.seriouseats.com)
- Indian restaurants in London (whyineedtotravel.wordpress.com)
Its one of the most surprising news in the retail industry in recent times as the parent company of McDonalds announces that Vikram Bakshi will no longer be the Managing Director of the North East JV of the fast food major.
According to reports, Bakshi’s tenure has ended 17th July 2013 and will no longer be the MD. Moreover, the operations will currently be taken care of by the international operations until “a new mananging director is appointed”.
While on the other hand, Bakshi informs that he will still be the Director of the company as he owns 50 per cent stake in the JV. It is also possible that Bakshi will move Company Law Board (CLB) and will not sell his stake either to the US partner or the second master franchisee Harcastle which currently owns complete stake in the South-West operations.
Reason: Expansion of number of stores did take place but unlike the other master franchisee. While in 2009-10 Jatia led operations had 78 stores, they now operate 166 stores, Bakshi led operations has only moved from 90 to 153 stores.