An online spar on how overhyped a restaurant is, reminded me to tell naysayers to take a Big Chill
Why I think The Big Chill is an institution in Delhi. And I will fight you on this.
A couple of weeks ago, the office group pinged as usual. For a second, I thought we were discussing a post that had to go live. However, the group that exists to make our work from home life easier (which occasionally sees a joke or two) pinged with 'food news'. One of the team members shared a trending thread on twitter. The conversation was about how The Big Chill Cafe in Delhi is overhyped. This was followed by a discussion, which obviously divided the group. I, of course, completely disagree with those who think Big Chill (as we lovingly call it) is not worth the hype.
21 years and going strong
In 2000, when the cafe first opened, it had the advantage of being the first to offer Italian food in Delhi with a menu inspired by the all-time-favourite flick, Breakfast at Tiffany's. Owned by Fawzia Ahmed and Aseem Grover, who entered the industry with little to no experience, Big Chill is a little bit of a modern-day landmark in the capital Ahmed ran an Asian women's refuge in the UK for eight years before she serendipitously met Grover on a trip to Rwanda. Once back in India, the two joined forces and opened The Big Chill as an ice cream parlour. The duo worked together to build the cafe into an iconic haunt slowly, but surely, with Ahmed curating a majority of the menu. And as the business grew, they started adding different cuisines and dishes, too.