Every week GourmetItUp features a Gourmand Of The Week and asks them questions about eating out in their city, how they use GourmetItUp and other fun stuff. This week we have Aditi Banerjee.
How and when did you discover GourmetItUp?
Can’t remember exactly, but probably because I was online looking for either recipes or a place to go eat. I do spend time online doing a lot of both
Which is your favourite GourmetItUp experience? Why?
All of them. From Aoi to Yauatcha (twice I think) to Kofuku (which I see is not on the GourmetItUp list any more) to Poco Loco to Hakkasan… I have loved all of them. The food is insanely delicious, quantities way too much and I am in restaurants I want to be at and yet don’t think of it a super pricey!
Also while ambience and food is one thing, the person waiting on you, is another. Sometimes that can make a world of difference. And I have had two lovely experiences with GourmetItUp… I mean all were good, but two waiters were head and shoulders above anything I have seen…one at Aoi and the other was Hakkasan. They made me feel special. It’s a real pity I cannot remember the names.
What cuisines do you prefer? What’s the craziest food you’ve ever eaten?
I like Oriental cuisine the best…and within that I like Japanese the best. Craziest (and best) meal was in Bangkok many years ago… Hot Pot soup at a local restaurant where you made your own soup at your table…popped in fresh fish, prawns, veggies and slurped it all down. Never been able to replicate that experience.
Tell us your pet peeves about dining out in Mumbai.
Restaurants are meant for people to meet and chat, not to have the chatting drowned in loud music. There are discos for that. A lot of fine dining restaurants too now follow the trend and soon after 9.30-10 PM, the music volumes reaches a crescendo and it is impossible to sustain a conversation with your table partners.
Who’s your favourite celebrity chef?
If you were stuck on an island and could only eat one dish for the rest of your life (or until you are rescued), which dish would it be and from which restaurant?
Dimsums from Hakkasan
What is your favourite midnight snack?
Anything sweet… condensed milk as it is or on toast, white chocolate, chocolate spread, peanut butter on its own, malai ice-cream from Naturals with honey.
Where was your first date?
What is your idea of a perfect meal?
Romantic meal for two with good wine, soft music and a delicious spread. Not too many food items though… just 3 or 4… so that one can savour the food.
If you could be the chef for a day at any restaurant, which one would you choose?
Yauatcha or Hakkasan. I would like to be able to boast afterwards that I was a chef at a Michelin starred restaurant!
Create your own ice cream scoop with any ingredients.
Banana ice-cream with caramel and nuts on banana cake
What are your plans for this weekend?
Go for movie and eat out with my girlfriends. Did the movie (and way too much popcorn) and then ate at Steakhouse Deli. Did think about going another gourmet it up recommended restaurant – Shiro, but the menu which looked great, was too much and we weren’t hungry enough that evening.
On Sunday I cooked a nice dinner for my husband and me — Chicken wrapped in bacon with a cream cheese filling.
Now that you are a minor internet celebrity (you will be after this article is published), what advice would you give to your foodie fans?
Take risks with food. Try everything. When I go on trip, work or holiday, I always have one question in mind – where shall I eat? Will I get to try something new? So I start asking people in advance, checking with friends and I also go with my gut. If a place looks interesting, I try it. Some of my best meals have been in places no one has every recommended
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