Five-month-old The Bombay Canteen is perhaps the best example of what Mumbai currently considers a hip, intelligent dining-out place. The restaurant sits amid the sterile concrete-and-glass towers in Lower Parel’s Kamala Mills, but its bungalow-like façade and stained glass stick out for all the right reasons. Inside, high ceilings, exposed rafters, patterned Minton tiles and stone plinths reflect the ‘India inspired’ tone of the menu.
Take it forward
Sure, they love books, movies and graphic novels like one would expect them to, but these days, there isn’t much time for that. “We are slogging all the time,” says Zameer. Ayaz says Vipassana helps with creativity, and also joint pain.
The brothers are keen to work on their own line of furniture and satirical culture products. They’re also interested in designing civic projects – parks, promenades, and public institutions. “A promenade is nothing but a full democracy in action, so if you can do something to add to that, it would be great,” says Ayaz.
“The point is to measure your impact, not your billing. Who cares how many square feet of space we have under construction? The real question is: How have we changed the city?”
From HT Brunch, June 28
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