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It is that time of the year when family and friends gather around the house to usher in love, light and prosperity and celebrate their way into the New Year. If you are swapping restaurant celebrations for a more intimate gathering, there are 1001 food delivery options to bring the happiness home 
Post the lockdown, there has been a surge in cloud kitchens and new food delivery ventures. If you are open to experimentation or just want to try out a different meal this Diwali, LuxeBook’s list has the latest entrants in Mumbai’s buzzing food scene.  
Hundo Pizza
Hundo pizza
There are a lot of pizza delivery places that have opened as it travels well over distancesLaunched by Ronak Rajani of Mumbai Foodie along with chefs Kabir Moorjani and Om Nayak, Hundo Pizza is a digital-first food delivery and takeaway brand. 
They offer 10-inch hand tossed pizzas with veg and non-veg options. You can choose from the classic Margherita, GrecaFunghi, Casa Bianco, ‘Nduja, Pepperoni and more. Currently, deliveries are being made to Khar, Bandra and Santacruz between 12:30 pm to 3:00 am and from Fridays to Sundays, they are delivering till 4.00 am. If you are in and around Bandra, they will also deliver it to your car. This makes Hundo perfect for your hunger cravings post the late-night card parties
Order on their website or call +91 7506534770
The Lovefools Pantry

love fools pantry

Chef Sarita Pereira  who also runs the Lovefools Dinner Lab, is offering 2 – 8 course celebration meals delivered to your doorstep. These are perfect for intimate gatherings this Diwali. 
They have a Diwali Special menu (Rs1,650 – Rs1,950)Hummshuka with baked vanilla peaches & rose flavoured bazlama bread, cottage cheese & spinach gnocchi with Benaras flavour influenced sauce with Kashmiri saffron rice and a classic tiramisu with a boondhi ladoo twist for dessert. They also have chicken and fish options.  
One other set is filled with Old School Romance – a meal of Tijuana tacos and olive oil tossed linguine is paired with dark chocolate and milk chocolate eclairs filled with ganache. 
Pereira follows a slow food manifesto and has trained under celebrated Chef Nandu Jubany in Spain. The meals can be customised to suit vegan, Jain and other dietary restrictions. 
Order on their website
Atom Box 
Atom Box healthy food
This healthy food cloud kitchen founded by Shantanu Mohite was born out of his own personal journey towards clean eating. He has collaborated with Chef Karishma Sakhrani, a MasterChef India Finalist to curate a fresh, healthy and a wholesome menuThey have salads, wraps, sandwiches, meal in a bowl and desserts that span across Asian, Middle Eastern and Continental cuisine.
Order on Zomato or call on +917304117755
Bun & Only 

 

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Founded by food industry veterans Sameer Uttamsingh, Shantanu Mohite and Chef Gracian de Souza, this delivery kitchen focuses on just one thing: gourmet burgersFrom bun to bun and everything in-between, all the components are made in-house. Pick from The Portobello & Blue Cheese BurgerPulled Pork & Barbecue BurgerClassic Chicken & CheddarLamb and Mint and a few experimental variants too. Each burger comes with portion of fries and in-house ketchup. 
They have tied up with Brew Whale Beer so that you can enjoy a beer and burger feast every Sunday. 
Order through Zomato or Swiggy
The Mexican Box 

There is a dearth of places that serve authentic Mexican food in Mumbai. The Mexican Kitchen, which launched in October, fills this void. Started by Shaan and Meghna Mehta, the kitchen has an extensive menu, offering a mix of traditional and experimental dishes. First up, their Guacamole, is made with Hass avocados. They also have Mango and Jalapeños; Exotic Berries; Crispy Bacon Bits; or Crab Meat versions of guacamole. Their DIY Nacho kit, Tacos, Enchiladas, Quesadillas, Fajitas, Chimichangas and Burritos complete the Mexican experience. They also have 9 salsas and dips as well as healthy and vegan options.
The cherry on the cake? They are delivering to Alibaug on November 14. Orders need to be placed today.
Call +91 9321890033 or their website 
Tarta de queso
Basque cheesecake
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Basque cheesecakes were basking in the limelight during the lockdown. The burnt cheesecake which has a bittersweet flavour, was first created in 1990 by chef Santiago Rivera of La Viña in San Sebastian, Spain. Ayesha Nallaseth, who has 13 years of experience in the hospitality industry, baked her first basque cheesecake  for the first time during the lockdown in June. The result was such a hit that she converted it into a full-time business. She currently offers three flavours – Madagascar Vanilla BeanLemon and Salted Caramel.
Contact her through her Instagram handle
Pie & Co 
Pie & Co Mumbai
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Pies are perfect as meals or as a snack, shares founder Chef Aditi Goel in an Instagram post. She is also a food stylist and a hospitality consultant and has worked with top chefs like Gary Mehigan, Vikas Khanna, Ranveer Brar, Kunal Kapur, and Vineet Bhatia to name a few.
The menu includes vegetarian and non-vegetarian savoury pies (like Mac n Cheese, Spinach, Cheese & Corn, Chicken stroganoff, Butter Chicken, Goan Chorizo pie) as well as dessert pies for those with a sweet tooth. Orders need to be placed well in advance.
They deliver through Zomato in Bandra. For delivery in other areas, call 7208755043
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