As the pandemic made most fine-diners diversify into residence supply of meals, there ensued a proliferation of cloud kitchens in addition to takeaways. However, what most nonetheless missed was the expertise of consuming out. Even as utmost care was being taken by cooks to recreate the identical flavours for the patrons, it was arduous to tell apart between a neighbourhood cook dinner and five-star chef when it got here to packaged meals.
It is 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, “While the first phase of lockdown made restaurants venture into food deliveries, the next phase made them sit up and think harder about how to ensure that the food – when it reaches the patrons’ dining table – looks good and tastes fresh.”
For occasion, Biryani By Kilo – which has registered greater than 100 per cent of their pre-Covid gross sales — makes use of earthen handis to dum cook 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 greatly appreciated by our customers for their hygiene quotient. Also, using the same handi to cook and deliver the food, without shifting contents to another container, enhances its authentic flavours. It also helps that the earthen pots are porus, so they can retain flavours better.” 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, alternatively, 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 made of corrugated recycled paper; so, not only is the food guilt-free, the trays are also environmentally-friendly,” notes chef Sunil Chauhan, founder and managing director of Fabcafe. He provides, “The meal tray option keeps the customers’ safety and convenience at 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 change into 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 subsequent degree, Parat makes use of sugarcane husk packaging and potato starch spoons. Singh says, “Indian cuisine is cooked at very high temperatures, so if you had to transfer the contents to a plastic container for delivery or to heat in a microwave, the flavours will change completely. So, we wanted to offer a substitute.” It additionally helps that the packaging is eco-friendly, and edible, if you’ll, provides the chef.
Apart from meals, supply and takeaways have prolonged to alcohol and drinks, cocktail mixers and even water. With everybody making an attempt 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 became the big thing. A lot of aggregators are delivering mocktails and beverages along with food. While plastic is a no-no and glass tends to be breakable (hence, impractical), we are getting hugr demand for customised aluminium can packaging.” He is at the moment working with Foodhall and Modern Bazar retailers, and several other fine-diners within the Capital who’ve just lately diversified into deliveries. “With the pandemic, rules pertaining to the home delivery of alcohol also became a little easy, and aluminium cans are coming in handy not only for beer but also for wines and small whiskey packs,” he provides.
Even water is being stored out of plastic and glass for practical causes. Homegrown model Responsible Whatr is launching spring water in aluminium beverage cans. “When packaged in aluminium cans, the freshness of pure water is not altered when exposed to light or heat,” says Ankur Chawla, co-founder at Responsible Whatr. He provides, “The pandemic has acted as a catalyst in pushing the cause of moving towards a sustainable society by making intelligent choices. The consumers not only want to know what’s going in their body but have also become environmentally aware and friendly.”