A week ago, late night tweets with Chef Ranveer Kalyan and Adarsh and an impromptu plan suggested by Chef and an invite led the three of us to Novotel for a specially cooked Lucknowi food.

With a miss on Wednesday, rains playing usual mischief on Thursday, we finally reached Novotel. Whilst waiting for Adarsh, Kalyan, Ranveer and me had quite a chat, covering food, places, PR, blogging and of course why we did not attend blogger meets 😉

Adarsh soon walked in and we were escorted inside where a nice small privie room had been made ready for us and we began, with a small story by Ranveer accompanied by white wine and a fresh lime for Kalyan.

And so it began, the photos – not all, in fact the killer raita was missed out as probably one more, because we were enjoying ourselves so much, listening to Ranveer share stories, run to the kitchen, back again.

In the meantime, I learnt from the two Food Bloggers – Kalyan who normally does not do restaurant reviews, has now promised to teach me quick pasta recipes, plan to check out the Puchhka place in Juhu; whilst Adarsh who opens companies faster than Ambani and still finds time to review, blog, romance, shop (ah! the benefits of age).

We also spoke and gossiped about a whole host of Press, Restaurants, Bloggers, change in food scene in Bombay etc. But as they say “What happens off Twitter, remains off Twitter”.

All of us did agree that, smaller evening with 4-6 people is the ideal way to try out or review, but then the brands and PR companies have their KRAs and priorities.

Kalyan had an answer to my “Fortunately, I don’t get invited as much as you do. And when they do invite me, they either offer Rs. 500/- or with a whole gang of kids” His answer ‘They are scared of inviting you’ 🙁

All in all a lovely evening, we parted with plans to repeat this soon, not like a year as it has been this time.

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Written by AD
ex waiter, angadia, travel agent, dotcomer, dukaandaar, marketeer, people watcher. appreciates single malt, food, friends