Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Culinery Delights at Kala Ghoda...

The KalaGhoda Festival is one of the best things that happens in the year. Its that time of the year where Mumbai becomes the hub of art aficionados and people who are looking for inspiration. This years KalaGhoda festival is a little different with the introduction of Gourmet West.
Go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kala_Ghoda_Arts_Festival


A little about Gourmet West: 

                   The Westside chain of stores that is owned by the Tata Group, has come out with Gourmet West, a selection of gourmet food and well being products in their flagship store at Kala Ghoda, Mumbai.
The variety of food products they offer is astounding. I wouldn't stop short of calling it a foodies' paradise especially those who love experimenting with worldwide cuisines. It has aisles and aisles of excellent products like harissa, hoisin sauce, buckwheat noodles, all grades of olive oils, sushi rice etc.
                 One speciality of Gourmet West that I absolutely loved, is their concept 'Breakfast on the go', they have a station with multiple options of cereal and an array of available toppings. I loved the novelty of their idea, which is perfect for people who are stretched for time, but donot wish to compromise on their health.
Their cheese counter was another paradise, they stock everything!! You say Parmesan, Cheddar and Mozzarella?? Make way for Gouda, Brie, Gruyere, Chevre, Gorgonzola and Grana Padano....
                 I spent a good 25 minutes roaming around in the aisles, checking out the different products... I found them reasonably priced (for gourmet products).
               Their meat and cold storage products have a lot of variety. They specialise in fresh seafood...bringing out a sub- brand called pescafresh...  
              They also sell fresh packed salads, sandwiches, preserves, pickles, muffins bread, which are all sourced from the very popular Moshe's...

             Finally, the section that took my breath away... Their chocolate section which stocks all international brands... Godiva, Lindt, Nestle, Guylian, Merci as well as the best available in the Indian markets.. It was nothing short of paradise for a chocoholic like me :)


                 I was having a talk with Mr. Amit who is the Operations Manager for Gourmet West, and he told me that they were in the process of opening more of these in their outlets at Surat, Chandigarh and a few other locations in Mumbai itself..

 I find this a brilliant and genuine attempt at trying to bring the "organic" lifestyle to the Indian market, Kudos to Westside... 


<-----That is the cart where you can see the samples of new products that have been introduced. They also had a live counter that was serving samples of the frozen food variety for tasting...
 What you see on the extreme left of this photo ---> is the 'breakfast on the go' counter... you can see the immense variety of cereals and toppings that they have to offer.

<----The cheese counter....

The cheese counter is so huge that I had to take two pictures to accommodate it all...

<----A variety of pickles, sauces, dips ..

 
That is the utilities aisle, where you have organic shampoos, khadi products, natural soaps etc...












You can figure out from the pictures that Gourmet West is a hit already... it is especially popular with the tourists who can find products from their home country in a foreign land...




That's all for now..... Next in pipe is a post on the 'Demystifying Chocolate' workshop by Zeba Kohli, that was organised by Gourmet West...

Till then,
Cheers :)

3 comments:

  1. Hey Karishma
    That's a very clear and concise description of gourmet west that you've penned! Could you please tell me a little about it's gifting section? (i believe they have one) What kind of products do they keep?

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    1. Hello, at the time that I had visited,
      (first week of Feb'13), I'm not really sure if they had a separate gifting section (Sorry, i don't remember :P) But they had a humongous variety of edible items like Sun dried tomatoes,classic gherkins, preserved apricots, gourmet pickles in a very classy giftable containers. They had all the possible chocolates right from Lindt to Merci available. I'm really sure that they must have upped the variety of options, so I wont be able to tell you what exactly you may find there right now. Rest assured, they will have something that is not only gourmet but also a really nice gifting option :) I hope that was helpful.

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  2. Thank you so much :)

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