Over last weekend I had the chance to attend Eat Play Love – a unique festival at Mahalaxmi Race Course in Mumbai. It had an interesting line up of artistes like Baba Sehgal & Lucky Ali among others (for peak 90s nostalgia) as well as some up & coming indie bands.
While most of these festivals are all about the musical acts, Eat Play Love (as suggested by the name) was equally about food! I was invited to visit the Maruti Suzuki Braking Point pop up at Eat Play Love, curated by Chef Vicky Ratnani. An automobile company creating a pop up diner sounded unconventional & really interesting & I knew I had to go check it out for myself.
When I reached the venue, there were scores of tiny food stalls with a few common picnic tables, but it was practically impossible to miss Braking Point!
It was styled like an old school American auto diner (how appropriate) with neon sign & all! The main café was in an actual steel shipping container which added to the industrial vibe.
And now we come to one of my favorite parts of the setup, this brilliant mural. Maruti Suzuki is a partnership between two great countries, India & Japan. The mural was made to celebrate both those culture. There was the gateway of India & local trains beautifully blended with Koi fish & even a little bit of The Great Wave off Kanagawa! The mural was designed by artist Sreenihal Pouka.
More automobile accents everywhere! The diner had a lot of plush seats & it was a great place to take a break from the rest of the festival & chill out a bit.
The diner served up mocktails & Indo Japanese fusion food, curated by Chef Vicky Ratnani. I’m already a huge fan of Japanese food but the fusion element just took it to the next level!
There was a lot of different vegetarian & meat options. Everything I tried was fabulous but the prawn & wasabi yakitori was the highlight of my meal!
I absolutely loved the concept of Maruti Suzuki Braking Point & the food was delicious! I can’t wait to see where this pops up again. You can keep up with Maruti Suzuki but following them on twitter & facebook. x