They say you can’t keep a good man down and that’s certainly true in the case of Mumbai-based restaurateur Farhan Azmi. Despite hitting a difficult patch with his franchise partner at Café Basilico in Bandra (which has resulted in the popular suburban eatery shutting down a few days ago), Farhan is boldly promising his regulars a quick comeback.
“We are relocating to a location close by and we shall be back to serve you very soon,” Farhan assures us, while reiterating the fact that Café Basilico in Colaba is still going strong. We have no doubt Ayesha Takia’s enterprising husband means business, because he has proved his ability to bounce back from adversity before.
Over 15 years ago, when Farhan and Chef Moshe Shek launched Café Basilico’s Colaba outpost, the deli fast became a favourite with discerning customers — despite serious competition from established eateries like Indigo (which is barely a stone’s throw away). Then, hardly had the brand established itself, when Chef Moshe branched out on his own. Everyone in the know immediately assumed that brand Basilico would die, but Farhan persisted — and proved his detractors wrong.
In a city where lasting a decade in the restaurant business without needing to rebrand is a miracle, Farhan has established ascendancy. If we are certain Café Basilico will make a comeback in the ‘burbs, it is because Farhan’s assurance is worth its weight. And because Basilico is one of our favourite places to dine in the city, we hope he will achieve this at the earliest.
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