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Friday, October 02, 2015

Yamini Walia spoke to restaurateurs Ashish Sajnani & Jaspreet Singh Walia about the debut of their much awaited project — Bombay Food Truck

The concept of food trucks isn’t new, but we haven’t been lucky enough to have one in Mumbai yet. But, all that is about to change! Restaurateurs Ashish Sajnani and Jaspreet Singh Walia are all set to introduce their version of one! Combining old school Bombay nostalgia with inspiration from the famed food trucks of New York, Bombay Food Truck (BFT) will make its first monthly pit stop at Kamala Mills, serving up fare that includes international salads, mains, hot dogs, sandwiches, fries and Ashish’s signature cutting desserts. Read on to find out more.

What inspired you to launch Bombay Food Truck?
The fact that Bombay doesn't have a food truck was a huge inspiration and the film Chef was inspiring too. Since we studied abroad, we ate at food trucks quite often and always wondered why we couldn’t have them back home.

With lack of legislation and no clear direction on permissions of any kind in our city, how did you manage to finally launch Bombay Food Truck?
We are still trying to figure out licenses and find the correct way forward, so that in the future, it’s encouraging for more people to start food trucks!

This concept is quite popular abroad. But, do you think the Indian audience is ready for it?
BFT will offer gourmet sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs. We will be changing the menu on a regular basis.  We definitely think Indian audiences are ready and everyone is waiting for us to go live!

Are there any interesting experiences that you would like to share with us?
A particularly good one was when a young boy clicked a picture with us, saying that we were his heroes, since he aspires to start his own food truck.

Are you targeting any specific set of people with your dishes?
Anyone with a good appetite, who is eager to eat great food and willing to experiment, is our target audience. Our future plan is to have six food trucks around the city.

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