The Japanese community living in and around Manesar, Gurgaon, working at Maruti Suzuki, Honda India and a couple of other companies had to travel anywhere from 20-40 km until now to have traditional Japanese cuisine.
With Kannelite commencing its Bento food box services from Friday, the fastidious Japanese can now taste some of their delicacies like tuna sashimi, California roll, simmered chicken & vegetables (chikuzen ni) in staple Japanese sauces and Shake Shioyaki (grilled salmon in salt) right in their offices, factories and at homes.
Kannelite, the Indian F&B (food & beverages) specialist which has been competing with international firms like French multinational Sodexo and Denmark-based ISS Facility Services, has tied up with realty firm Raheja Developers, which has given them space at Raheja Square at IMT Manesar for the 1,250-sq ft Bento restaurant.
Initially our concept was to parcel out lunch and dinner to the Japanese population. However, after tasting our food they (Rahejas) insisted that we start a small 20-seat restaurant, too, and so we went for it, KFMS director Mithilesh Jha told FE, adding that the company had to initially invest substantially in grocery and crockery items that came from Japan.
Apart from providing space, Raheja Developers has also invested in a small way in the Bento project. They are our F&B partners too and under the agreement we would be paying them a fixed royalty on the turnover. In the process, we would have access to their clientele also, said Amlesh Jha, another KFMS director. As per an order secured by KFMS, it would, for the first three months, supply 150 Bento lunch and an equal number of dinner boxes each day along with breakfast to select staff of Maruti Suzuki and Honda India.
As the Japanese located there are staying for long and are in search of home-made food, which is what Bento stands for, we are sure to meet their palate needs. We have agreed that for six days we would give them home-made food and on the seventh day they could come over to our restaurant, said Amlesh, adding that depending on the response the effort would be scaled up gradually.
The price of each Bento meal has been kept between R650 and R850. A full-fledged restaurant has also been planned for the second phase of the project as Raheja Developers has identified some more land.
KFMS, which has been running the F&B business at two Ginger hotels, has also gone for a tie-up with the local Ginger hotel located in the IMT Manesar premises whereby 12 of the hotels rooms are being renovated to meet Japanese taste and needs. We have entered into a contract (with the local Ginger hotel) whereby we would serve all their Japanese guests staying at the hotel with food, said Mithilesh.
KFMS, which looks well set to enter Japanese households, at least in India, is already well entrenched in providing hospitality, housekeeping and canteen services to a number of entities in the steel and power sectors including Jindal Steel & Power (at Angul, Orissa), Bhushan Steel (Dhenkanal, Orissa), Visa Steel (Jajpur, Orissa), Godawari Power & Ispat (Raipur, Chhattisgarh), Awanthas Jhabua Power project (Jabalpur, MP), Abhijeet Group at Seraikela, Banka and Chandwa, etc, is now planning to start its own budget hotels at Angul and Jajpur.