Interview With : Ranjeet Bindra, Owner of Aallia Hospitality, how this restaurant is making a wave in Mumbai's
Updated on: 18 Jun 2016
When did you plan to enter into the food business?
Aallia Hospitality was started in 2011. Our first venture was a night club called Rehab, which we later rebranded as Or-G. It was extremely successful. Our second establishment was Villa 69, and the third one was Gangstas. Our concepts were good and they did really well initially. However, given the areas our establishments were in, we started to see our sales drop as more and more bars began mushrooming, almost every week. People started choosing places to go to determined not by the quality they were getting but, by what was the newest opening. We soon realised that we had to be different and stand out - I was keen to bring a sense of soul into our establishments, which led to our restructuring the company totally. We consider it a great coup to have entered into a partnership with Chef Kelvin Cheung, who brings enthusiasm, passion, and the same sense of vision to our properties, as we do.
What made you name it Bastian?
Bastian is named after Sebastian, the crab from The Little Mermaid.
We have seen that your menu is a mix of American and Indian sea food delights. What was the reason you opted to start a sea food restaurant?