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Coping With Covid - Collage By Toscano - VR Mall And Forum Neighbourhood Mall Outlets Bring Multi-cuisine To Whitefield

In a rebranding of sorts, “Collage By Toscano” includes South Indian, North Indian and Chinese dishes in their menu. In a time that is difficult for restaurants everywhere given the virus response, the more enterprising among them look for a way out to keep people interested.

Toscano in Bangalore has become synonymous with easy-dining continental -- principally Italian in the flagship restaurant in UB City.

In a rebranding of sorts, “Collage By Toscano” includes South Indian, North Indian and Chinese dishes in their menu. In a time that is difficult for restaurants everywhere given the virus response, the more enterprising among them look for a way out to keep people interested.

Speaking to Explocity, expert chef, entrepreneur and founder of Toscano, Jean Michel Jasserand, said that a large part of the clientele is well to do senior middle management executives are principally interested in Indian cuisine. Therefore the move to diversify the Toscano menu was a natural step during a time of coping with Covid.

Coping With Covid - Collage By Toscano - VR Mall And Forum Neighbourhood Mall Outlets Bring Multi-cuisine To Whitefield
Digital menu at Toscano UB City

As this is a new cuisine in the Toscano scheme of things, the question of culinary authenticity has been addressed by the inclusion of specialist chefs. “We never do anything without expert chefs, so we’ll have experts for each cuisine,” Jasserand said“. 

This concept worked well for Jasserand in Chennai. So he decided to try it out in Whitefield.

His objective was to create an informal setting and make people feel close (a phrase to be used more figuratively than literally.) “Whitefield has a mixed crowd of people, so we felt we needed to change our concept a little,” Jasserand said. The place will be comfortable for everyone, even families who want a combination of continental and Indian food.

The restaurant will also sport a buffet, because he feels that that part of town prefers it. That’s a “we’ll-see” plan for maybe six months later.

Jassenrand said Collage by Toscano will have a bright and contemporary vibe. “We always do that, it’s how we like it,” he said, “the green that we have come to associate with the Toscano brand is going to change.”

Coping With Covid - Collage By Toscano - VR Mall And Forum Neighbourhood Mall Outlets Bring Multi-cuisine To Whitefield
Jean Michel Jasserand at Toscano Chennai

They are starting renovation on this project and are slated to open in 30 to 45 days. 

Safety First

Toscano takes safety seriously. In the video below, Jasserand takes us on a tour of their safety procedures. And this includes seating only at every other table, temp checks, sanitizers, etc..

Staying Safe at Toscano

Of particular interest is the fact that they hand out kits to everyone so they can safely do their own mise en scene - a fancy way of saying table setting. 

But then again, we were standing at the French-Italian border, weren’t we?