He is a serial restrautneur. She met him at one of his restuarants. Years laters, Natasha and Priyank have managed to collaborate inspite of belonging to two very different fields of work. Priyank through his restaurants—Lord of the Drinks, The Flying Saucer Cafe, Dragonfly among others— is creating a niche. He believes that one way for the restaurant scene in India to be more out-of-the-box and to have a concept unique to the brand. Natasha with her home accessories and furniture brand, The Bent Chair, deals with challenges such as price point by opening more stores and keeping a strict check on quality. Excerpts:
What are your earliest memories of meeting each other?
Natasha: I met Priyank at one of his restaurants, The Flying Saucer Cafe at Nehru Place through a mutual friend. Though we are poles apart, we were both trying to create something big with our unique ideas, and that sort of, brought us together.
Priyank: What attracted me to Natasha was her passion. She is smart and balanced, something I am not. She is strong headed, intelligent, and of course, beautiful. How could I resist?
Do you discuss your professional lives with each other and take each other’s advice?
Of course! We’re both passionate about our work, which tends to spill over in our off-time discussions. It’s good to have someone on the outside giving advice. We make it a point to not get offended or hurt if the advice isn’t taken. We don’t tell each other how to run our companies.
What have you learnt from each other?
Natasha: I would be a stressed mess by now if not for Priyank. He’s so good at keeping a cool head during stressful times. I have learnt how to keep a cool head from him.
Priyank: I am not very organised. She has helped me to be more systematic.
What annoys you about each other?
Natasha: That he has no system! It is almost impossible to get a straight answer out of him or to get him to do anything on time.
Priyank: The constant nagging because of my lack of system sometimes gets to me. I like to call her
You have recently collaborated with each other. Tell us about it.
Natasha: Plum By Bent Chair is our collaboration, where we have put together Priyank’s expertise in fine dining and my understanding of the audience for home accessories and furniture. It is a retail restaurant, where guests can enjoy Pan Asian cuisine, and also buy everything they see.