Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar on Lima and NRI, his new restaurants in Mumbai
Here's everything you can expect
From his first Michelin star as head chef for Indian restaurant Tamarind, in London, to outposts of his own restaurant Benares in London and Madrid, plus another Michelin star — the 44-year-old chef has been on a steady upswing. Next up for him are two new ventures in Mumbai: modern Indian restaurant Not Really Indian (NRI) which opens this month, followed by Latin-American bar Lima. On the menu at NRI is what he calls “diaspora food”, dishes that migrated with working class Indians decades ago and found international avatars. Expect coconut-based Malay curries, East African spiced jeera chicken and creamy crab kofta with spicy gunpowder. “Most of the dishes at NRI are inspired by street food and localized versions of Indian food I’ve tasted while travelling to different countries.” The same philosophy also applies at Lima, his second venture opening soon after. “I’m a huge fan of Mexican food. The cuisine does minimal flavours really well and I really wanted to bring that to the city.” You’re going to need your fat pants.
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