Meraki – A slice of Khasi hills at Bandra based pop up

Launched in March 2016, Meraki is a pop-up food joint located at Bandra, Mumbai which serves cuisines of the hills using indigenous ingredients of tNortheast region and the Himalayas.  A perfect weekend eat out for experiencing delicacies and regional taste of honest recipes with no refined products, no artificial flavours or chemicals.

Teiskhem (Tei) Lynrah, a lady entrepreneur from Shillong, along with her friend Pooja Pangtey from Kumaon, Uttrakhand started the foodie trend which specializes in cooking up rustic hill cuisine with roots in Meghalaya and Kumaon. Their menu recipes is a combination of both Himalayan vegetables and lentils, and Khasi style of food; various types of pork and other meats.

The duo first met in 2011, while working as Management Trainees in a leading Corporate. Teiskhem (Tei) Lynrah graduated from FMS, Delhi Univerity and Pooja Pangtey, an IIM Lucknow alum. The two quickly bonded over their love for food. They started cooking together, mixing up recipes from their hometowns and inviting friends over for meals on weekends.

The idea of serving homemade cuisines struck their minds, and with encouraging feedback from friends. There was no more stopping for them so they decided to host meals in their kitchens to the Mumbaikars. Both quit their well-paying jobs last year, and decided to work on things they hold close to their hearts.

(Photo: Mereka/Mid-Day)

(Photo: Mereka/Mid-Day)

According to reviews, their food joint is known for its Jumboo (herb only found in Kumaon) spiced Rajma, the wood smoke pork sauté, dried fish chutney, Kumaoni bhat (black beans) dal and alu gutka.

Next time, if you are day tripping in and around Mumbai, make sure to step in and experience Meraki’s delicious cuisines at Pali Naka, Bandra West, Mumbai.

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