Celebrating firsts! Masque is now the only restaurant in India to become a Relais & Châteaux member

Record making is not new to Masque. The ingredient-forward fine dining in Mumbai helmed by Aditi Dugar is now the first Indian restaurant to become a part of the Relais & Châteaux family.

Masque becomes the first restaurant to become a member of relais & châteaux in india. Image credit: masque.  
Masque becomes the first restaurant to become a member of Relais & Châteaux in India. Image credit: Masque. 

Mumbai’s acclaimed culinary gem, the restaurant Masque has made and gone beyond several record-breaking journeys since its inception in 2016. Cocooned in South Mumbai, inside a former textile factory, the ingredient-forward Masque now has a new reason to celebrate, as it becomes the first restaurant to become a member of Relais & Châteaux in India. 

Helmed by owner and restaurateur Aditi Dugar, who also owns other outposts of ARAKU Coffee, Sage Saffron, Seesaw Café and the newest TwentySeven Bakehouse, the immersive menu at Masque is passionately run by chef Varun Totlani, often popular for its degustation fare that is one of a kind. 

“We’re honoured to be the first Relais & Châteaux restaurant member in India – I see our values around deep local roots, hospitality, and one-of-a-kind experiences as equally matched, and we’re looking forward to this partnership – and the platform Relais & Châteaux offers – only enlarges the community we strive to build, both within India and around the world,” says Aditi Dugar. 

With an unerring approach to sustainability and plating up a unique variety of local ingredients sourced from diverse geographies of India, Masque stands as the melting point of ancestral and contemporary cooking techniques that birth some truly fascinating recipes for the patrons to indulge in. Supplied to by local farmer communities and producers, Masque’s culinary calibre also extends to its bevvy of drinks and cocktails inspired by Ayurvedic philosophy and made with a technique-driven approach served at their mezzanine bar The Living Room. 

“Ranked among Asia’s 50 best restaurants, its ingredient-driven menu combines tradition and innovation. Local flavours and age-old practices meet the contemporary to reimagine a new type of modern Indian cuisine. This approach aligns perfectly with the Relais & Châteaux vision to protect the diversity of ingredients and showcase terroir-inspired cuisines. Relais & Châteaux has globally the finest collection of extraordinary fine dining restaurants with a total of almost 340 Michelin stars. I believe that having Masque as a flagship in India will be the beginning of a similar trend in the sub continent,” adds Joerg Drechsel, Delegate Indian Subcontinent & Southeast Asia and Member on the Board of Directors at Relais & Châteaux. 

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