This is a brand new supper club that brings you flavors and techniques from all around the world but with a grounding in Indian cuisine! We’ll be exploring the similarities in seemingly different cuisines, but also celebrating the unique stories that weave together to form the most famous dishes of today! With dishes from the reaches of India, and the rich history of Italy, France, Thailand, and so many more countries, Concept India will hopefully bring you a unique and delicious experience!
This supper club series is a mouth-watering collaboration between Varun Lives Food and Stir Fry on the Side (Angie Hu)! We bring you creative new dishes with playful twists that pay homage to the flavours we grew up with.
Our menu will be a surprise – but expect delicate vegetables, aromatic scallion oils, tangy Mor Kozambhu, spicy sauces, and lovingly homemade masalas.
Angie’s flavours are rooted in seasonal Shanghainese cooking, a little-known cuisine outside of China that emphasises freshness and delicate balanced flavours. However, growing up in Melbourne, a city not unlike London in its multicultural setting, she draws heavily upon Cantonese, South-east Asian and Anglo/Modern European influences.
Varun loves exploring the regional intricacies across the Indian subcontinent. He moves effortlessly between a homey masala mixed by hand and french techniques picked up in fine-dining kitchens.
We cook with love and are heavily inspired by the flavours and stories we’ve picked up along the way. We love sustainably sourcing local producers and suppliers where we can. We believe in the magic of sharing our food family-style, the way we grew up eating in our own communities.
The upcoming dates exclusively feature a completely vegan menu!
Where: Potter & Reid, E1 7NE
November 25th, 2023
December 2nd, 2023
I started cooking while in Uni, out of pure necessity, as there was NO Indian food around me. (This was somewhere in Pittsburgh). One YouTube video after another, and one panicked call to my mom after another, I realized I was actually having a lot of fun! Cooking was a great way to feed my other passion: eating! (Pardon the pun.)
While working as a software engineer, I found time to work in restaurants over weekends, take culinary courses at Le Cordon Bleu, and delve into what it would take to be in the culinary industry long term.
As I start the next chapter of my journey, however it may look, I’m excited to have you onboard to try what I have to offer! Whether it’s my own take on Indian classics, or my experiments of fusing different cultures and cuisines together, and whether it’s at a supper club, or food stall, I can’t wait to try my hand at making food that gives you a new experience, but evokes nostalgia at the same time!
I hope to see you soon!