Meeting Mumbai’s biggest food blogger*


His name is Kalyan but to many he is known as or @finelychopped. He is Mumbai’s most inimitable food blogger. He traipses around the city, fork in hand (actually most Indians eat with their hands) searching for delicious treats to eat and tell the World about.

I first discovered Kalyan when I was starting to plan my food tour around India and saw that he’d already beat me to so many places I wanted to go and investigate. I didn’t let that put me off him and decided to ask him if we could meet in his favourite restaurant in Mumbai.

Now it’s all very well surreptitiously clicking on someone else’s blog from the comfort of your bedroom to see what they’ve been eating recently, but truth be told I was nervous about meeting Kalyan. What if he ended up in a conversational vortex about lentils? Or ended up talking about 100 ways with a coconut? I predicted a lot of geeky food chat amid sideways glances to ensure no one else was listening in.

In fact it was a perfectly sane evening with a man who ‘eats out’ in the most admirable way.

He took us to Ling’s Pavilion, a Chinese restaurant in Colaba. Kalyan knew Baba Ling the owner, he knew what was on the menu (without looking), which ingredients were in the kitchen (after he asked Baba Ling) and what the restaurant excelled at and on that basis, he ordered our dinner.


Therefore twenty minutes later we were subjected to the freshest, tastiest feast of Chinese food I’ve eaten. A barely-touched black pepper crab that was so fresh, I had to fight to get to its sweet bits. Some interesting bitter gourd in egg, fantastically tasty prawns tangled in noodles with some sweet greens on the side.

Everything was delicious and the evening brilliant. I shook Baba Ling by the hand and Kalyan and I planned to meet in London next, where I would take him to my favourite places.

*best, not fattest

20 thoughts on “Meeting Mumbai’s biggest food blogger*

  1. Hey Meera, completely overwhelmed to read this post and feeling a feet taller. Thank you so much. 95 pc of my friends today are people whom I’ve met through the blog and funnily enou we spend only 5 pc of our time talking of food. I believe that should be enjoyed and not obsessed about. It’s so kind of H and you to throw open your house to me and make me feel so welcome even before I landed in London. Thanks for clarifying on the ‘biggest’ bit

  2. That asterisk makes the piece! I’m hoping my own pre-meeting butterflies settle down before I have to judge a load of chocolate with Kalyan… But as long as it’s as successful as our own Southbank ‘blind date’ yesterday I’m happy…

  3. We are foodies and visiting Mumbai for the first time.
    We would love to do a tour round the best places to eat any ideas?

  4. Hi

    This is with regard to our new Dessert Menu at Dinshaws Xpress cafe and I would like to Invite you to Experience the same.

    Do let me know your availability for the same.

    Looking forward to hosting you

    Thank you

  5. Dear Meera,

    I hope this email finds you in the best of health and spirits. I am writing on behalf of Neha Premjee, who is working in collaboration with Tilt All Day to curate a special Sunday brunch menu, “Toasted”. The event features usual brunch favorites with a twist word play on the name – the menu as well as a few pictures have been attached for your reference.

    We would love for you to join us this Sunday the 24th afternoon 1pm onwards. Kindly let me know if I should add you to the guest list and kindly confirm the number of people.

    Looking forward,

    Neha Premjee

    International and E-Commerce Director

    Lord’s Shoes

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