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Chain Reaction

Joining the newly-opened Belgian patisserie Le Pain Quotidien, a host of international eateries are heading our way in 2011.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2011 15:13 IST
Megha Mahindru

The city’s teetotallers may soon be trading their cup of Tata chai for Starbuck’s famous Whole Bean coffee. The latest partnership will see the American coffee house source beans from Tata’s plant in southern India, bringing the international chain home. And it doesn’t stop here.

New entrants
A host of international chains are gearing up to set shop this year. The year-starter was the Belgian café chain Le Pain Quotidien, which managed to teach South Mumbai how to break bread with strangers on their communal table within a week of its opening. And if news be true, celebrity designer Roberto Cavalli is keen on bringing his international chain of cafés and clubs to the city.

Quizzing gastronomes in the city is an oversized question mark placed on a billboard in the Blue Frog premises. Since Zenzi Mills shut its doors last October, the newest takers now come with Dilip Joshi’s nightclub Boudoir and the newly opened city restaurant chain Busaba, which will now be within reach of Lower Parel office-goers. Two imports from Delhi too are queuing up to launch at Lower Parel this year. The fashionista nightclub, F-Bar and Lounge as well as Smoke House Deli, which is more of a club, than a deli in the Capital, promises to bring closer home a large selection of intoxicants as well cold cuts, cheeses and marinated meats. Here’s the global gastronomical rush that Mumbai will soon be chewing on this year.

Hakkasan, London Zenzi may be struggling to keep up, but Bandra residents have more than just the Bento box to look forward to. Hakkasan, the Michelin-star Chinese restaurant from London will set shop in Bandra, featuring a 120-seater restaurant with dark wood décor.

The restaurant will also feature its signature Ling Ling lounge as well as a private dining space.

Naked Pizza, New Orleans
Move over cheese burst pizzas this year. After opening shop in Dubai recently, the alternate pizza company, known to make fast food healthy is ready to give Mumbai a slice of its gluten and additive-free brand of pizzas. Hoping to change fast food culture, this chain’s nutritious pizzas use a mix of seed and whole grains (as opposed to single-grain pizzas), all-natural ingredients and probiotic bacteria in their preparation.

San Churro, Australia
Bandra gets another chocolate lounge. Besides whipping café staples like hot chocolate, shakes and coffees, this Melbourne-based chocolateria chain with a Spanish sounding name will also bring home their famous churros or Spanish Donuts. A must-try, this Spanish-styled deep fried dessert is served with chocolate and sugar icing.

Debailleul, Belgium
A luxury food store known for their hand-crafted chocolates, cakes and pastries. The chain intends to ship fully prepared products from Belgium. On the shelves of this sweet surprise at Prabhadevi, you will be able to get macaroons, chocolates with Ganache, tarts and pies as well as coffee.

Megu, New York
Set to open at the Leela Kempinski in Andheri, the New York-based Japanese restaurant will bring with it everything from its ice sculpted Buddha to or to its famous Waygu Kobe beef and a delectable line of sakes to the city. The suburban swish set may start preparing for smaller portions and astronomical prices here.