We Got Candid With Five Mumbai Influencers On Their Favourite Things To Eat

By Sanjana Subramanian November 6, 2018
Find Out What Our Favourite Influencers Love To Eat!

If there’s one universal language, it’s that of food. Food is an unspoken emotion. It is something that binds people together, spreading smiles around tables the world over. Take the classic pizza, for example. Merely saying the word is enough to light up people’s faces, no matter where they come from!

Speaking of this universal language, we spoke to five discerning personalities about their love for food. With our all new Influencer series, we aim to bring your favourite people a step closer to you, as they reveal their top food picks in the city, every month. From restaurateur Farrokh Khambata to chocolatier Toshin Shetty, we bring you November’s Infleuncer Talk. Here goes.

Pooja Dhingra

Owner of Le15 patisserie and Le15 Café, Chef Pooja Dhingra has undoubtedly upped the dessert game in Mumbai. Her delicious pink lattes and mouthwatering macarons have captured the hearts of many. So we simply had to ask her for her top food picks and here’s what she had to say.

Where would Pooja Dhingra go to satiate a pizza craving?

For great pizza, I’d hit up Rays Pizzeria, Trattoria or Pizza Express.

The place that serves the best salads, according to you?

For good salads, my first choice is always Bombay Salad Co.

The best cookies can be found at? And what’s your favourite one?

In the Le15 Kitchen! Our Cravings cookie, which is a Nutella, almond and chocolate cookie is my weakness.

Are you fond of sushi? If so, what’s your top pick?

Yes, I am. I don’t end up eating much of it but if I do, it’s from The Blue or Kofuku.

Your go-to comfort food is?

Undoubtedly dal khichdi or a nice slab of dark chocolate.

Pooja Dhingra

Pooja Dhingra

Toshin Shetty

All of 29, Toshin Shetty has taken little to no time to make his name synonymous with all things divine. TOSHIN by Toshin Shetty is a chocolaterie and patisserie crafting products made from the finest ingredients, sourced internationally. His product range is the result of his unquenchable thirst for discovering new dimensions and bringing a sense of surprise to the palate. Each creation at TOSHIN is inspired by a tender moment – a warm, reassuring hug; a tranquil walk next to the Siene on a Parisian evening or a surprise tryst with a long-forgotten tune. Here are his top food picks in the city.

Where would Toshin Shetty go to satiate a pizza craving?

I end up going to CinCin whenever I have a pizza craving.

The place that serves the best salads, according to you?

I don’t even need to think twice. Bombay Salad Company is the one which serves the best salads, according to me.

The best cookies can be found at? And what’s your favourite one?
Chez Toshin Shetty, of course. I bake my own cookies and, truth be told, love binging on them the most.

Are you fond of sushi? If so, what’s your top pick?
Yes, I am fond of sushi and my top pick would be the Hamachi (yellowtail) and the Spicy tuna from Taj Mahal Mumbai at Wasabi by Morimoto.

Your go-to comfort food is?
My go-to comfort food will always be endless rounds of pani-puri from Ram & Shayam, Santacruz.

Toshin Shetty

Toshin Shetty

Farrokh Khambata

Renowned restaurateur, chef and caterer Farrokh Khambata is the proud founder and CEO of Catering & Allied, the company that owns and operates restaurants the likes of Umame, Joss, Amadeus and Café at the NCPA. He is someone who loves experimenting and introducing the city’s collective palate to brand new flavours and tastes. On asking him about his favourites in the city, here’s what he said.

Where would Farrokh Khambata go to satiate a pizza craving?

I’d go to Frangipani, Gustoso or Pizza express, not necessarily in that order!

The place that serves the best salads, according to you?

Without a doubt, the Burrata with Asparagus Sorbet at Vetro at The Oberoi, Mumbai.

The best cookies can be found at? And what’s your favorite one?

Actually, I’m really not a cookie guy!

Are you fond of sushi? If so, what’s your top pick?

Of course! And Japanese is my favourite cuisine and my pick would hands down be the delicious sushi at Umame.

Your go-to comfort food is?

Rice and delicious tadka dal, eaten warm at home.

Farrokh Khambata

Farrokh Khambata

Gauri Devidayal

The smiling face behind Food Matters India Pvt. Ltd. and Colaba Hospitality LLP is none other than Gauri Devidayal. A qualified chartered accountant, she soon realized that her passion lay in the field of food. Along with her partner, she has been instrumental in bringing to the city some of the finest restaurants such as The Table, Magazine Street Kitchen and Miss T. Keep scrolling to read about her top picks.

Where would Gauri Devidayal go to satiate a pizza craving? 

During a pizza craving, you can definitely find me at Gustoso, Kemps Corner.

The place that serves the best salads, according to you?

Not to be biased, but I think The Table does the best salads. The SoBo salad here is my favourite, layered with avocado, grains, chickpeas, feta, pumpkin seeds and mustard vinaigrette.

The best cookies can be found at? And what’s your favourite one?

I think the best cookies can be found at Sweetish House Mafia. I love their S’mores Cookie the most.

Are you fond of sushi? If so, what’s your top pick?

Yes, it’s one of my favourite cuisines. My top pick would be any of the sushi varieties at Wasabi by Morimoto.

Your go-to comfort food is?

Lots of delicious dim sum at Yauatcha

Gauri Devidayal

Gauri Devidayal

Ankiet Gulabani

Chef, cookery writer, food blogger and stylist – F&B youth icon Ankiet Gulabani wears many hats with ease. He believes in cooking good, wholesome food as opposed to the more gimmicky ones that are far easier to find today. His blog, Belly Over Mind acts as a one-stop destination for recipes both unique and tried and tested, boasting of magazine-like content in the digital space. Here are Ankiet’s top food picks.

Where would Ankiet Gulabani go to satiate a pizza craving? 

Greedy Man’s Pizzeria in Pune or Cin Cin. I’m a sucker for the Neapolitan style basic Margherita.

The place that serves the best salads, according to you?

It has to be Bombay Salad Co. It’s a way of life for me now.

The best cookies can be found at? And what’s your favourite one?

At home. LOL, but Chantilly Cafe does a good chocolate chip, and Theobroma has cookies as part of their Christmas offerings every year that are particularly moreish.

Are you fond of sushi? If so, what’s your top pick?

I love sushi and you will often find me at The Blue because of that. I’m team California maki roll for life. I also actively seek out deals on sushi because I like it that much!

Your go-to comfort food is? 

A good burger is my weakness, and you’ll find me parked in front of the Netflix screen with a box from Bay City Grill when I’m in dire need of comfort. Standard Issue double patty with cheese is my order.

Ankiet Gulabani

Ankiet Gulabani

So, how many of your favourites do you share with these five? We for one sure enjoyed talking with your favourite people from the food business. Stay tuned and watch this space for our next edition of Influencer Talk.