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Le Casse-Croûte Bangalore
Petit pot de début !

We haven’t talked about it until today but we’ve been preparing for more than a year our second entrepreneurship project in Bangalore. In addition to Titri and the outsourcing field, we wanted, since we arrived in India, to create a project allowing us to get out of the office and in the food industry as we just love it.
We also felt from the start that there are some opportunities to grab in this field in India.

We’re not alone on board, an other Nicolas, previously intern at Titri (that’s how we’ve met him) is on this project 100% of his time. He had the persistence to stay and develop the project during more than a year before the adventure finally came up, so kudos to him! When we say that the most important thing in India is patience, it’s not a joke…And as if two Nicolas weren’t enough, a third one has joined us very recently!

We’ll skip the details of the last struggling months to finally reach the objective: we’re launching this saturday our food-truck named “Le Casse-Croûte” !
The idea is quite simple, serving toasted sandwiches (inspired by our french croque-monsieur), customized with our ideas, good french fries (cooked the north France and Belgium way, double fried), gaspacho all fresh all good, and caramel cream as dessert. We wanted something french (or at least european) but simple cause western cuisine is most of the time only found in high level restaurants here. We wanted to show that we can cook “french street food”, not that expensive and with local products. Indeed, we import nothing, we wanted to do it the “locavore” and the homemade way. So we’ve learnt to make bread, French mustard etc… If you want to know more about that, visit our website here.

Concerning the truck, we wanted something with character and, as you might know, we love “vintage” vehicules. It has been a long time we had a crush on the Matador, a long Indian van with nice curves, sort of VW combi but more “rustic”.
So we’ve bought one (not in a good shape) and after some adventures we’ve found a mechanical and a kitchen maker to modify it and turn it into a wonderful foodtruck! (it took us more than 6 month!).

After a session with friends last week-end, the D-Day coming this week-end with our launching event at the Alliance Française in Bangalore where we’ll serve from 1pm to 8pm if the weather (and our stocks) are allowing us. We’ll also organize a little “pétanque” tournament from 3.30pm so if you are in Bangalore this Saturday September 12th, join us!

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Surfing in India, it’s possible!

Since last year and our annual trip to Mamallapuram (during the monsoon on the West cost of the country), we discovered that it’s possible to surf in India. At the beginning of this year, it’s in Varkala that we envied British guys who had launched a surf and yoga camp. This year, we came back to the south east coast, near Chennai to witness the growing surf culture in Mammallapuram but also in the rest of the region where surf club are popping up from nowhere.
Thanks to the good tips from a French expat in Chennai (thanks Gaël!), we’ve also tested the Covelong spot (also known as Kovalam but not to be confused with the one in Kerala) where guest-house cum restaurant cum surf club just opened a few months back. And unlike the usual guest-houses in this region, this one stands out with a nice architecture mixing raw concrete, wood and bamboo and even more importantly, it’s just in front of an almost private beach (which they’re maintaining clean) as there’s nothing else in this village. The spot is also good for surfing : a “right-hander” as professionals are calling it thanks to the curve of the beach. Waves aren’t very strong or big which is good if you’re a beguinner like us (they were like 1.5m high when we surfed).
What’s quite impressive though, in Covelong or Mamallapuram, is how surf is becoming part of the local culture with more and more youngs, even Indian kids now practicing it with a quite impressive level (8 years back when we first visited Mamallapuram, no one was surfing there). Offers dedicated to tourists are also now available (surf lessons, renting boards…).
Other spots are still to be tested for us, specially Rameshwarama, next to its famous temple, just opposite Sri Lanka where the sea seems to be really nice. And many more waiting to be discovered for sure!
For once we can even envy Chennai people who can go surfing every weekend!

by in Bangalore, Food

These last months it’s impossible to ignore them : during lunch and dinner time, there are dozens of delivery boys buzzing around Bangalore to supply meals booked on one of the many new mobile applications such as FreshMenu, Spoonjoy or Dazo. This is a kind of virtual war which occurs right now and we can imagine that only two or three will survive…

There are 2 big trends: companies which cook on their own and deliver the food they have made and those who only display the menus of restaurants in the area (selecting sometimes some meals) then order to the restaurant and manage the delivery.

Key of success are based on food quality, price and delivery time, which is an advantage for applications which just have to deliver from a central kitchen and which don’t have to get the food from a third party restaurant.

This model seems very relevant to us in a city as Bangalore where the traffic can be a nightmare. Also, many people work in “IT Park”, sort of office complexes where the offer for lunch food is very low and sometimes even nonexistant…
These apps are very well marketed, featuring nice pictures of the products (even if at the end, it’s just a meal on a tray) and use geolocalisation, even if reading a map is not something people are used to do in India and the phone call before the delivery is almost mandatory (and often difficult to handle).

Since a little time we have begun to test all these solutions to get an idea more precise about which company does what.
First thing, price is always very affordable. But quality remains very random.

Here are the results of our test :

> Fresh Menu : They have their own menu which change everyday. It’s a bit more expensive than the other ones but the quality is really superior and quantity is huge. But it is almost only non-indian food.

> Dazo. The prices are very affordable, the quantity is ok. They have their own menu plus some other selected options from some restaurant. The food is mainly indian style.
The first order we’e done, the food was coming from a single restaurant and everything was fine (they even managed to reach our place without calling for directions).
But for our last order, we’ve ordered food from different restaurants (thinking they would centralize everything) and all the meals were delivered one after an other. Plus, we had to wait a long time (almost 1h30 for the last one) and the food delivered didn’t look like at all as the one on the app picture for one meal…

> Swiggy : They don’t have their own kitchen and only display the menus of a lot of restaurant. The service is quite fast and efficient. Can be usefull to try restaurants where we dont’ go (cause too far or without a nice atmosphere) or to enjoy a good meal of a restaurant we use to go (they even deliver only dessert or ice creams).

We have also tried Faasos, but the food was very bad and SpoonJoy, the food was good and it was too cold when arriving.

This is only a little preview as we haven’t tried yet Eatlo, TinyOwl, Delyver, FoodPanda, Zomato, Latenight, Justeat, Getmyfood, Nutritown and some more !

We’ll be careful not to fall in the trap and to continue to walk around Bangalore to enjoy nice food ! But we’re curious to see how this new trend will progress, which apps will remain in a year. But these services definitly fill a real need here.

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