Those of you who are missing going out for fine dining can now enjoy food from two of India’s biggest luxury hotel brands, in the comfort of your own home.

Indian Hotels Company launches Qmin in-home dining service

Despite a slight easing of lockdown restrictions, many of us prefer to stay home for the time being. To capitalise on that trend, the Indian Hotels Company - owner of the Taj brand - has launched Qmin, which brings your favourite dishes from the group’s restaurants direct to your door.

Customers can order from eight iconic restaurants in Mumbai, including Golden Dragon and Souk from the Taj Mahal Palace; Thai Pavilion and Trattoria from President; and Ming Yang from Taj Lands’ End.

Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai

In the next five weeks, India’s top ten markets, included Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru, will be added. A Qmin mobile application will be launched on July 25, followed by a gourmet Qmin Shop in August and loyalty platform integration in September, allowing you to earn and burn points using Qmin services.

Describing the new service, Puneet Chhatwal, MD and CEO of Indian Hotels Company (IHC), said:

“This addition will augment the group’s food and beverage offerings, leveraging a digital platform to address a growing consumer demand for online gourmet food delivery services. Qmin will scale up in the months ahead to include the gourmet Qmin Shop with delicatessen-based food choices. Taj has been home to our guests for more than a century. With the launch of Qmin, we bring Taj to their homes.”

A focus on hygiene

As you would expect, IHC is focussing heavily on safety and hygiene protocols. The company’s “differentiated delivery experience” includes contactless delivery and the mandatory use of protective gear for its delivery operatives, who’ll use “extremely sanitized” vehicles.

Eco-friendly, biodegradable materials and customized insulation boxes will feature in the packaging.

How to book Qmin

For the time being, guests can call a toll-free number (1800 266 7646) to place their orders. From July 25, you’ll be able to download an app on android and IOS mobile devices.

Looking at the Taj Mahal Palace Qmin menu, for example, you’ll see there is a minimum order value of INR 1,500. Home delivery is possible within an 8km radius.

For more information, visit the dedicated Qmin website.

ITC gets in on the action, too

Not to be left out, ITC has launched its own home-dining experience, under the name Gourmet Couch.

A specially curated menu of dishes from the hotels’ restaurants are available as a takeaway service, or via home delivery.

Dining at ITC Grand Central in Mumbai

According to the Gourmet Couch website, the service is available in the following cities: Agra, Amritsar, Aurangabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Vadodara and Visakhapatnam.

Guru is glad to see that ITC Grand Central in Mumbai, which we recently reviewed, is taking part.

The minimum order value for free delivery up to a radius of three kilometres from your chosen hotel is INR 5,000.

ITC Grand Central in Mumbai

Summing up

While an in-home dining service can’t replace the experience of staying in a luxury hotel, these initiatives might help plug the gap for a while as we wait patiently for life to return to normal, and we look forward to trying them out.

Anyone else excited to sample the new services from IHC or ITC?