Asma Khan’s acclaimed Darjeeling Express started life as a supper club, serving just 12 people at a time. It’s since grown to a full-sized restaurant, but it still serves the same family recipes that have been lovingly cooked in Indian households for generations. Its all-female kitchen staff creates dishes inspired by the street food of Calcutta, where Asma grew up, with some influence from her royal Mughal ancestry. The resulting menu takes diners on a journey from east India to Hyderabad in the south, in the form of sharing platters packed with texture, colour and flavour. This is food that’s meant to be enjoyed with family and friends in true feast style.
Listen to Asma speak about why lifting up and helping others is her idea of success and demanding a seat at the table for women so is important to her. She also shares a recent disaster and how she was amazed at the offers of help pouring in to help her. Tune in to the first episode of our triumphs and disasters podcast here.