installations, and even eating in the dark. Kumar and his partners, designers Smita Singh and Shani Himanshu of 11.11 by CELLDSGN, took this concept further at the recently held Unbox Festival in Goethe Institute, New Delhi. They put together the quirky Food Labyrinth, a playground of gastronomic adventures that included food face-offs and elaborate salad installations conjured up for die-hard foodies.
For the jaded Indian diner, the lack of dining spaces that go beyond just serving food is an issue that needs addressing—he is hungrily seeking out adventures, and fine dining for him is no longer about expensive restaurants and inflated bills. Gastronomes want to not only add multiple sensorial dimensions to their eating experience, but also want to know where their food is coming from, who is cooking it, and after a bit of polite chit-chat, want to be wowed theatrically. Eager to please the eager to experiment are a surge of restaurants and restaurateurs who are at the centre of this avant-garde food revolution.
Fellow supper club organisers, Mumbai’s Brown Paper Bag girls Mansi Poddar and Kanika Parab say that the inspiration behind