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‘Our food is inspired by nostalgia’

Chef Prateek Sadhu on taking gourmet dishes to the street, having fun with ingredients and talking to customers

Chef Prateek Sadhu is best known for his unusual dishes that champion fresh produce at the restaurant Masque. Sadhu, who often goes on foraging trips in the country, is celebrated for using ingredients in innovative ways. But now, Sadhu has done something completely new and unlike what you would expect at Masque – he’s launched a food truck takeover.

Food talk

For their third anniversary, Masque has collaborated with Bombay Food Truck (BFT) to present a special truck-style menu to take their restaurant on wheels. “Back when I was studying in New York [at the Culinary Institute of America], we used to eat a lot from food trucks as we could afford that. But what I love the most about food trucks is the kind of personalisation, where the chef speaks with all customers, and it’s all fun. You touch so many lives when you run a food truck,” reminisces Sadhu. It’s with this hope to make Masque’s food more accessible (and encouraged by food writer Sonal Ved), Sadhu decided to collaborate with BFT.

The goal, he says, was not to take the dinner menu from the restaurant outdoors but present it differently. Though Masque might be on wheels, the menu is still all about the ingredients, a lot of which has come from his recent foraging experience in Kashmir and Leh. Sadhu has also joined hands with Access Life Foundation, which works towards paediatric support for children living with cancer, and will donate the sales from one dish to the organisation.

Creative collaborations

Ashish Sajnani, owner of BFT says, “Mumbai loves food on the go which is easy to eat, as people multitask while eating too. So burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches work best. Collaborations like these amplify our efforts to go the top and be the trendsetter. We have done many collaborations earlier, though this one is different, working with chef Prateek is a great experience for us.”

A dish Sajnani recommends, is the yak cheese taco with amrud chutney. Also on the menu is Masque’s signature pineapple dessert served as a soft serve, burgers made with bread made with milk, and a dish by Sadhu’s mother too. “Our food is inspired by nostalgia, so I wanted to include one of the dishes that were a part of Masque’s menu when my mother collaborated with us last year. Doing a food truck menu has been a dream for long. We are letting our hair down with the menu,” Sadhu emphasises.

Ongoing until September 20 at Godrej BKC, Bandra East; and on September 21 outside Masque, Mahalaxmi; noon to 7 pm; Prices range between ₹250 and ₹400

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