Because the pandemic made most fine-diners diversify into residence supply of meals, there ensued a proliferation of cloud kitchens in addition to takeaways. Nevertheless, what most nonetheless missed was the expertise of consuming out. At the same time as utmost care was being taken by cooks to recreate the identical flavours for the patrons, it was laborious to tell apart between a neighbourhood prepare dinner and five-star chef when it got here to packaged meals.
It’s to bridge this hole that high-end eating places are focussing on packaging and presentation, says Gurugram-based Chef Bakshish Dean, Co-Founder at Culinary Quotient, a meals consultancy. Dean says, “Whereas the primary part of lockdown made eating places enterprise into meals deliveries, the following part made them sit up and suppose tougher about how to make sure that the meals – when it reaches the patrons’ eating desk – seems good and tastes contemporary.”
For example, Biryani By Kilo – which has registered greater than 100 per cent of their pre-Covid gross sales — makes use of earthen handis to dum prepare dinner and ship their signature biryanis all throughout the nation. Vishal Jindal, co-founder at BBK, says, “These handis are eco-friendly and reusable and are tremendously appreciated by our prospects for his or her hygiene quotient. Additionally, utilizing the identical handi to prepare dinner and ship the meals, with out shifting contents to a different container, enhances its genuine flavours. It additionally helps that the earthen pots are porus, to allow them to retain flavours higher.” For every handi, BBK additionally delivers aanch — a tealight lamp set-up that retains the meals heat in your eating desk whilst you eat.
Fabcafe retailers, then again, have began the meal tray possibility, the place the meal is delivered to the automobile window in an eco- pleasant disposable tray. “These trays are fabricated from corrugated recycled paper; so, not solely is the meals guilt-free, the trays are additionally environmentally-friendly,” notes chef Sunil Chauhan, founder and managing director of Fabcafe. He provides, “The meal tray possibility retains the purchasers’ security and comfort on the core.” The trays are designed to carry particular person parts of two-three dishes and a beverage, aside from accompaniments, disposable cutlery and moist tissues. These additionally include an eco-friendly rubbish liner to make sure correct disposal.
Eco-friendly, reusable, even edible has turn out to be the buzzword for the meals supply enterprise. Parat by chef Harangad Singh – which delivers experimental Indian delicacies throughout the Capital – was among the many many cloud kitchen that proliferated in the course of the lockdown. Taking the packaging sport to the following degree, Parat makes use of sugarcane husk packaging and potato starch spoons. Singh says, “Indian delicacies is cooked at very excessive temperatures, so in the event you needed to switch the contents to a plastic container for supply or to warmth in a microwave, the flavours will change fully. So, we needed to supply a substitute.” It additionally helps that the packaging is eco-friendly, and edible, if you’ll, provides the chef.
Aside from meals, supply and takeaways have prolonged to alcohol and drinks, cocktail mixers and even water. With everybody attempting to shun single-plastic for good, aluminum cans are rising because the go-to possibility. Amit Lahoti, managing director of Ball Beverage Packaging in India, says, “With the pandemic, hygiene turned the massive factor. Loads of aggregators are delivering mocktails and drinks together with meals. Whereas plastic is a no-no and glass tends to be breakable (therefore, impractical), we’re getting hugr demand for customised aluminium can packaging.” He’s at the moment working with Foodhall and Fashionable Bazar retailers, and a number of other fine-diners within the Capital who’ve just lately diversified into deliveries. “With the pandemic, guidelines pertaining to the house supply of alcohol additionally turned a bit straightforward, and aluminium cans are coming in useful not just for beer but in addition for wines and small whiskey packs,” he provides.
Even water is being saved out of plastic and glass for useful causes. Homegrown model Accountable Whatr is launching spring water in aluminium beverage cans. “When packaged in aluminium cans, the freshness of pure water will not be altered when uncovered to mild or warmth,” says Ankur Chawla, co-founder at Accountable Whatr. He provides, “The pandemic has acted as a catalyst in pushing the reason for shifting in the direction of a sustainable society by making clever decisions. The customers not solely wish to know what’s going of their physique however have additionally turn out to be environmentally conscious and pleasant.”