26 October, 2020

And They Came

The Indian diner is in the know. Hurray!                                        

Atul Loke
And They Came
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As this first decade of the new millennium winds down, I cannot help but think back 10 years, when I was asked by another publication to gaze into a crystal ball and figure out how we’d eat today. I’m pretty chuffed with myself, I have to say—I was spot on about several things.

Firstly, I thought that the rationalisation of real estate prices, the changes in property laws and the access to affordable finance for new restaurant projects would see a much-welcomed mushrooming of serious, new, stand-alone eateries and food-related ventures. The era of five-star hotel dominance in the restaurant industry would finally—I dared to say it—end. And we do now see many more independent, focused, chef-centric restaurants giving five-stars a run for their money.

Interestingly enough, the mass exodus, during the ’80s and ’90s, of skilled and trained hospitality industry professionals to more lucrative jobs overseas has contributed to the growth of the food industry in India. After working abroad for...

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