It’s been nearly a month since my new open kitchen and foodie events space opened in Mumbai and what a month it’s been. I don’t think I’ve ever lived on such little sleep!
Flavour Diaries is conveniently located above Khar Social, one of the busiest new bar openings in the city, in the leafy suburb of Khar. Around this time last month I was running around the city trying to secure supplies and get the build work completed for my first day of cookery classes. The purpose built island has 8 stations, perfect for upto 16 food lovers, with space for a few more on the side stations too. All the classes are fully hands on and I’m personally teaching each and every one. As well as having one of the largest open kitchens in the Mumbai, I’m so lucky to have full height glass windows all the way round my space. What a treat! It’s lovely to look up from my chopping board and see the room filled with natural light and greenery all around. When the sun goes down, the mood lighting warms the room making it perfect for dinner events and entertaining.
I couldn’t be happier now it’s open, but it wasn’t all roses I can tell ya! Mumbai has been one challenging city to do business and I’m often asked – ‘How on earth did you manage to build something so beautiful in only 2 months??’. The short answer is – ‘With great difficulty!’. There was a lot of planning, an insane amount of micro-managing, and very little rest. Every day presented challenges and you can’t fix them all, but I soon learnt that being a perfectionist in the start up world just won’t work. You have to let some things go, and accept that maybe they’ll never be right. Like the wonky light switch that will forever bug me whenever I see it, or the multicoloured grout in the bathroom that was used for touch ups (why??), all in all these are the little things that quickly fade away in the grand scheme of it all. My dream space has been built and I absolutely love it!
One day I’ll look back at the last few months and wonder how on earth I coped. For now, I’m running on adrenalin, riding that rollercoaster, learning how to loosen my grip and enjoy the ride.