Meenakshi Iyer

Articles By Meenakshi Iyer

Raising the Bar

As three new bars open in Mumbai, Talk gives you a lowdown on what to expect.

Wholesome and Healthy: Syrian chef Maher Omran on how Lebanese food borrows from several cuisines

Syrian chef Maher Omran on how Lebanese food borrows from several cuisines.

Petals on my Plate: How about munching on some flowers?

As chefs infuse desserts with cherry blossoms and add lily essence to cocktails, edible flowers are bringing a bouquet of experiences to everyday meals.

Gourmet it Up At Home

Fine dining experience at home goes a few notches higher with chefs from five-star hotels dropping in to rustle up a meal while other services bring gourmet food to the doorstep.

Thai Exchange

Celebrate Songkran with special Thai delicacies that city restaurants are offering.

Food Review: Made in Mumbai

Villa Vandre, a cafe in Bandra, proves that old regional flavours are the cool new thing in the city

Everybody loves Ramen: Japan’s favourite staple bowl of broth and protein has found new fans

Japan’s favourite staple bowl of broth and protein has found new fans and newer forms

Fusion Feast

French chef Laurent Peugeot fuses the subtlety of Japanese flavours with classic French cooking.

Plea to relocate Cafe Samovar reaches CM Devendra Fadnavis

Shaina said the cafe was a landmark destination and should be viewed as part of the city’s cultural heritage.

Cafe Samovar hosts star patrons one last time

At the iconic cafe, to shut down on March 31, loyal Samovarians shared memories and messages over cups of chai.

Mandarin Makeover

Ming Yang at Taj Lands End gets a facelift after 13 years

Memories of Sams

Three artists get nostalgic about the iconic Cafe Samovar

City loses another favourite, Cafe Samovar to shut down

Home to city’s artists and intellectuals for 50 years, the cafe will serve its last guava juice on Mar 31.

Smoke and Grill

In Japanese cuisine, robatayaki — often shortened to robata — refers to a cooking method similar to barbecue.

Kidding Around

With dedicated play areas and special menus, city restaurants are finding new ways of enticing patrons with children in tow.


With the recent ban on beef in Maharashtra, TALK finds out what’s at stake for restaurants.

Dessert Queen

Singapore-based renowned pastry chef Janice Wong believes that the possibilities with edible art are endless.

Streetside Gourmet

TALK scoured the Ghatkopar to bring you a list of the best food stalls serving eclectic and mouth-watering fare.

Back to the Roots

Scottish chef Tom Lewis talks about turning his B&B into one of the hottest properties back home and his love for kala namak.

A Take on Thai

Eat Thai, which replaces Bandra favourite Thai Ban, serves South Asian cuisine with a modern spin.