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Love for Himachali cuisine; Shilpa Shetty’s Bastian

Himachali cuisine has more or less remained unknown outside of its land of origin. Now, as this distinct cuisine is slowly finding favour, chefs from the state are giving their unique spin to traditional dishes.

Love for Himachali cuisine; Shilpa Shetty’s Bastian

Sunday April 21, 2024 , 5 min Read

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In today’s newsletter, we will talk about 

  • Love for Himachali cuisine 
  • Shilpa Shetty’s Bastian 
  • Vintage art at Goa’s Circa

Here’s your trivia for today: In official secrets, what does the acronym NCND stand for?


Love for Himachali cuisine 

Himachali cuisine

Himachali cuisine has more or less remained unknown outside of its land of origin. Now, as this distinct cuisine is slowly finding favour, chefs from the state are giving their unique spin to traditional dishes.  

Swati Seth, the co-founder and host of the women-only farmstay ‘Seeking Slow’, recently began organising pop-ups under the name ‘A Cook On The Loose’. She likes to add local Himachali ingredients to her preparations. 

YS Life takes a closer look.

Tasty treat:

  • What makes Himachali cuisine distinct are its clean flavours that are starkly different from the cuisines of the neighbouring states. 
  • Chef Sherry Mehta, a home chef and an expert in Northwest Frontier and Himachali cuisines, points out that there’s a slight influence of Tibetan cuisine in Himachali food. 
  • Chefs who prepare the dham–a Sattvic vegetarian thalihave to follow certain protocols; the preparation of this elaborate luncheon begins the night before. Copper utensils are used to cook the dham and special masalas are also added. 

Wine and food 

Inside Shilpa Shetty’s Bastian restaurant

Bastian Garden City

Bengaluru is synonymous with a strong beer culture, but the city’s obsession with larger-than-life breweries and pubs is a fairly recent phenomenon. Byg Brewski opened  India’s largest microbrewery in 2018, in Hennur, followed by a slew of others—BLR Brewing Co, Ironhill, Oia, and, more.

Earlier last week, another larger-than-life F&B outlet–Bastian, co-founded by Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty–opened its third outpost in the Garden City. 


  • Housed inside a more than half-a-century-old family home on the bustling St Mark’s Road, Bastian Garden City has created a world within itself, engulfed in lush greenery. 
  • The decor—featuring African tribal art and bamboo-mesh chandeliers—creates a boho-chic ambience, inspired by global travel, transporting diners to a beach getaway. 
  • Headed by Chef Daniel, Bastian’s kitchen offers an array of signature cold dishes including salmon jalapeno, aburi miso salmon sushi, crab roll, and avocado toast.


Vintage art at Goa’s Circa


Co-founded by television actor-turned-fashion designer Mayank Anand, Circa houses paintings, drawings, sculptures, traditional art, vintage collectibles, and rugs that have all been carefully curated—ready for bespoke personalisation, based on the buyer’s preferences. 


  • Along with Savita Suri, Shraddha Nigam, Namrata Wadhwan, Anand opened Circa’s first store in 2021 in Goa. 
  • Circa sources from all over the country—auction houses, flea markets, individual sellers, artists, designers, collectors, and even friends and family– “who have a piece but do not know what to do with it.” 
  • Going forward, Circa aspires to open a larger and more interactive store with curated collections.

News & updates

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In official secrets, what does the acronym NCND stand for?

Answer: Neither Confirm Nor Deny

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