Arshad Warsi is an inventive cook who would like to experiment with new combos at his own fusion restaurant
What do you start the day with?
‘Bajre ki roti’ and egg whites.
And what do you end the day with?
I’d love a cup of hot milk.
On a date what would you like to be wooed with?
Not Indian food, but may be some Sushi.
If you were marooned on an island what would you want to take along?
I think I’d just try and survive on the plants that grew there. There would be plenty of coconuts for sure.
When you eat out what do you inevitably order?
Depends on which restaurant I visit. If it were Indian, it would probably be ‘kheema’ and ‘biryani’. At a Lebanese joint, I’d opt for hummus, shawarma and pita bread. Japanese cuisine would mean sushi and if it’s Royal China in Bandra, then dim sums for sure.
Your first culinary experiment?
Since I’ve lived alone most of my life, I started cooking when I was really young. I started out with eggs and now I’m good with gosht (mutton) too.
What is the one thing you can’t do without everyday?
‘Chai,’ I need cups of tea to keep me going.
What is your favourite drink?
Vodka, water, green tea and any apple flavoured drink.
What is your favourite dessert?
I’m not fond of Indian ‘mithai’. I’d prefer regular bread pudding, caramel custard and dark chocolate. Also Haagen Dazs’ dulce de leche ice cream that is a delicious mix of golden caramel and sweet cream.
In summer what do you cool down with?
Iced tea and ‘nimboo paani’.
What do you munch on when there’s a nip in the air?
When you go shopping what do you usually end up buying?
Salad vegetables and minced meat.
A fruit you eat everyday?
I like combos like cheese and grapes.
A roadside favourite…
A dinner invitation you would never refuse?
From Sanjeev Kapoor or any other chef for the matter because then I’d know for sure that the food would be great. Also, I love visiting Salman’s (Khan) house. The Khans are very hospitable and the food is to die for.
Do you have a miracle diet?
Eat every two hours, anything that is non-fatty and not too sweet.
If you could choose your last meal it would be..
It would be a spread of all the fatty dishes I could find including ‘kheema’, ‘korma’ and ‘nalli nihari’. Since it would be my last meal, I wouldn’t have to worry about piling on the calories.