14 June, 2021

Finger Lickin' Good

The food business is in full flavour, tickling Indian taste buds and keeping the cash tills jingling like never before

Gireesh G.V.
Finger Lickin' Good
  • The Indian food service sector is now over Rs 40,000 crore


  • 11% discretionary spend of Indians goes on eating out


  • Restaurant business growing at 25% on average every year


  • 120 topline restaurants opened in Delhi, Mumbai last year


  • 50-60 eateries to open shortly in Delhi suburbs Gurgaon, Noida


  • Metro restaurateurs expect 40-45% growth in next 3 years


  • Barista has 110 espresso bars, plans 37 more; Nirula’s has 62 outlets


  • ‘Mumbai Good Food Guide’ is 900 pages

The lunchtime crowd is trooping in as I wait for Ritu Dalmia at her upscale Italian restaurant Diva in the capital. All around is steel and chrome and wire and their reflection on white linen, but it's a homely place, the kind where you don't realise (till the bill arrives) that a meal for one costs about Rs...

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