The Bombay Food Truck Will Roll Into The City This Month
• Opa Hospitality, the company behind ‘secret’ bar Please Don’t Tell and quick service kathi roll joint The Roll Company in Lower Parel and South-East Asian restaurant Eat Thai in Bandra, is slated to launch their new venture the Bombay Food Truck in the second week of September. While there has been a recent spurt in the number of food trucks operating in Delhi and Bangalore, there is a great deal of ambiguity surrounding the legalities of running food trucks in our city. The problem, said Ashish Sajnani, a partner at Opa Hospitality, is that there is no defined law pertaining to the functioning of food trucks in Mumbai. “There is little clarity even within the BMC and the RTO regarding the issuing of these licences,” he said. The existing trucks tend to operate on a hawker licence and restrict themselves to private spaces such as corporate parks to peddle their fare.
Once they get the requisite licences, Opa Hospitality too will station the Bombay Food Truck in office compounds across the city, starting with Kamala Mills in Lower Parel this month. Expect to see the Bombay Food Truck at music festivals as well. It will also be rented out for private events, said Sajnani. The menu will span poutines, sandwiches and a few mains. You can choose from items such as the fries with chicken nuggets and blue cheese aioli; fries with meatballs and feta cream; salsa and cheese sauce nachos; kheema pao; ham and cheese pao; and chicken burger.
• Lower Parel’s Palladium Hotel is now the St. Regis Mumbai. The rebranding is the result of a partnership between Pallazzio Hotels and Leisure, which owns Palladium, and the St. Regis chain of luxury hotels that belongs to the Starwood Hotels and Resorts portfolio. This is the third time in three years that the Palladium has been rebranded. The premium hotel opened in January 2013 as the Shangri-La Mumbai, for Pallazzio, which is part of the Phoenix Mills group, had outsourced the management to the Hong Kong-based hospitality chain. However, in September the same year, the property was renamed the Palladium Hotel after the Shangri-La decided to end its partnership with Pallazzio. This is the first St. Regis in South Asia. St. Regis Mumbai, above Palladium Mall, Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 6162 8000.
• Mumbai-based catering service 1Tablespoon will launch the 1Tablespoon Pizza Kitchen in Lower Parel on Wednesday, September 9. The 350 square feet, 12-cover joint will specialise in 20-inch New York-style pies, which they will only serve by the slice. Among the pizzas on offer will be the spicy chicken salami; fiamma (onions, pepper and green chillies); New York cheese; bianca (onion cream sauce, mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms), and Americano (pepperoni). The menu will also feature cheese and garlic stuffed dinner rolls, chocolate caramel brownies and peanut butter chocolate cake. Free home delivery will be provided in Lower Parel against a minimum order of Rs300. Open daily, from 11am to 11pm. 1Tablespoon Pizza Kitchen, Mathuradas Mills Compound, next to O:h Cha, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tel: 75064 33928 / 75064 33908 or order from Scootsy.
• Firki, a new Indian restaurant, is slated to open in Lower Parel today, Wednesday, September 2. The vegetarian-only joint will offer regional dishes, many of which are served with a fusion twist. You can expect masala dosa dumplings, pav bhaji pizza, thepla wraps, cheese khichadi and Kathiawadi khow suey, along with dal pakwan and chole bhature. Open daily, from noon to midnight. Firki, Raghuvanshi Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 2492 3001.