Interview: Rahul Bhambri, the Co-founder of ROOH Restaurant & Pippal Restaurant

Rahul Bhambri -Cofounder-ROOH -Pippal

An interview with Rahul Bhambri, the Co-founder of Michelin-recognized ROOH Restaurant in San Francisco & New Delhi, and Pippal Restaurant in San Francisco

Mr. Rahul Bhambri, the innovative Co-founder of renowned Michelin-recognized establishments, ROOH Restaurant in San Francisco and New Delhi, and Pippal Restaurant in San Francisco, embodies culinary excellence and entrepreneurial prowess.

With a passion for crafting unforgettable dining experiences, Mr. Bhambri has redefined gastronomy, seamlessly blending tradition with innovation to captivate palates across continents.

Can you share with us the inspiration behind the founding of ROOH Restaurant in both San Francisco and New Delhi?

Rahul Bhambri: ROOH Restaurants in both San Francisco and New Delhi were founded with a mission to revolutionize culinary experiences by reshaping perceptions, igniting new food trends, and showcasing the essence of Modern India to a global audience.

Their inspiration lies in crafting an innovative menu and artisanal cocktails that celebrate India’s rich culinary heritage while embracing organic, sustainable practices and handcrafted ingredients.

Pippal Restaurant is another venture of yours in San Francisco. Could you tell us about the concept behind it and how it complements ROOH or stands on its own?

Rahul Bhambri: Pippal Restaurant in San Francisco emerges from a deep love for India’s varied culinary landscape, melding traditional regional tastes with contemporary flair. It’s an ode to the vibrant tapestry of our culinary heritage, reimagined for modern palates.

At Pippal, dining isn’t just a meal; it’s an immersive journey through flavors, textures, and narratives. Pippal offers a unique culinary adventure that captivates the senses and celebrates the essence of Indian cuisine and it stands on its own.

How do you approach the balance between preserving traditional culinary techniques and incorporating innovative elements in your restaurants?

Rahul Bhambri: We embrace a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation in our culinary craft. At our restaurants, we prioritise preserving time-tested techniques while infusing them with inventive elements. This balance is achieved through a steadfast commitment to using sustainable, locally sourced ingredients as the foundation of our dishes.

By sourcing locally and sustainably, we honor our culinary roots while also minimising our environmental impact.

With operations in both the US and India, what challenges and opportunities have you encountered in managing restaurants in two distinct cultural contexts?

Rahul Bhambri: Operating restaurants in both the US and India presents a dynamic landscape of challenges and opportunities shaped by distinct cultural contexts. In India, sourcing local produce is relatively seamless, ensuring authentic flavors and maintaining culinary integrity.

However, navigating bureaucratic layers and intricate supply chains can complicate streamlining processes.

Conversely, in the US, while streamlining operations is often straightforward, sourcing certain ingredients can pose challenges due to limited availability or differing taste profiles. Yet, the robust infrastructure and efficiency of supply chains streamline logistical tasks.

Overall, managing restaurants in these diverse contexts demands a nuanced understanding of cultural nuances, supply chain dynamics, and operational efficiencies. It’s a delicate balancing act that requires adaptability, creativity, and a deep appreciation for both the rich culinary traditions and the ever-evolving gastronomic landscape of each locale.

Innovation is key in the competitive restaurant industry. Can you share any upcoming projects or initiatives aimed at keeping your establishments at the forefront of culinary innovation?

Rahul Bhambri: Absolutely! We’re continuously exploring new avenues for culinary innovation to stay ahead in the competitive restaurant industry. One exciting project on the horizon is the launch of our tea brand, “To The Teaz,” in the US market.

This venture represents our commitment to expanding our culinary footprint beyond traditional restaurant settings and tapping into the growing demand for premium tea experiences.

Additionally, we’re gearing up to introduce a new multi-cuisine restaurant in Gurgaon, India, within the next three months. This venture promises to showcase an eclectic array of culinary delights, blending diverse flavors and techniques to create a unique dining experience for our patrons.

These upcoming projects underscore our dedication to pushing boundaries, exploring new flavors, and redefining the dining landscape. By embracing innovation and diversification, we aim to captivate the palates of our guests while staying at the forefront of culinary excellence.

What advice would you give to aspiring restaurateurs looking to establish their presence in both local and international markets based on your experiences with ROOH and Pippal?

Rahul Bhambri: My advice to aspiring restaurateurs embarking on a journey to establish their presence in both local and international markets echoes the ethos that has guided our ventures like ROOH and Pippal. Embrace challenges with an open mindset and a spirit of adaptability.

Avoid being confined by preconceived notions, and instead, approach each new environment with curiosity and a willingness to learn.

Understanding the unique cultural, culinary, and business landscapes of your target markets is crucial for successful expansion. Stay attuned to the pulse of the local communities you serve, and be flexible in tailoring your offerings to meet their preferences and expectations.

Remember, challenges are inevitable, but they are also opportunities for growth and innovation. Embrace them as integral parts of your journey. Each obstacle you overcome, each experience you navigate, contributes to your evolution as a restaurateur and enriches the tapestry of your enterprise.

Ultimately, success in both local and international markets hinges on your ability to adapt, innovate, and evolve in response to the ever-changing dynamics of the industry. Stay open-minded, stay resilient, and above all, stay passionate about your craft.

In the vibrant world of gastronomy, Mr. Rahul Bhambri stands as a beacon of culinary ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit. His visionary leadership at ROOH Restaurant and Pippal Restaurant has not only earned critical acclaim but also redefined the dining landscape in San Francisco and beyond.

As we bid farewell to this insightful interview, we are left inspired by Mr. Bhambri’s commitment to pushing culinary boundaries and creating unforgettable dining experiences for patrons around the globe.

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