As the economy and our community continues to make strides against the coronavirus pandemic and as vaccination programs ramp up, we are checking in with some of our favorite local Orlando restaurants to see how they are doing and what their plans are as we move out of 2020 and into 2021 and the future ahead.
We recently spoke with Nora Jain, owner of Tabla Indian Cuisine who recently opened their second location in Winter Park right off of Park Avenue in 2020 to get her insights. The restaurant is named after the Indian drum and features a fusion of Indian, Indo-Chinese, and Thai cuisine.
Tasty Chomps Interview with Nora Jain, owner of Tabla Indian Cuisine
Tasty Chomps – What are your operational/business goals for the restaurant in 2021?
Nora Jain – Tabla has been able to survive the Pandemic only because of our Loyal Customers who supported us wholeheartedly through 2020. We are so thankful to each and every one of them! Tabla‘s main goal for 2021 is to add at least two more locations to our portfolio, if not more!
What are some lessons you have learned during 2020?
The main lesson we learned in 2020 is the importance of Take out and Delivery in today’s world. That is why we are making some back end changes to start our own Delivery and make the Take out process more user friendly!
What are some personal resolutions you have for 2021?
Personally I would like to grow more spiritually as a human being. That’s a huge personal lesson I learned during the lockdown. Being able to have more control on your thoughts and just doing what you do, the very best you can peacefully. Not to worry about the end result and just live in the present moment.
What are some things you have noticed change this year in the front of the house?
I saw the importance of Touchless QR Code menus, making our old style fancy printed menus almost redundant. I think the Front of the house has become more clean, more organized and clutter free. I kind of like that, as we are so much more aware of how to be safe for our Guests and our staff. I like the whole Tech upgrades that have come in our industry.
What are some things new guests to the restaurant can expect when they come to dine at the restaurant? How does your restaurant stand out from other restaurants in your mind?
I believe we stand out because of our commitment to Quality, Freshness and Creativity. Those were the founding principles of Tabla and have remained our strength through every thick and thin.
What are some of your favorite dishes on the menu right now and why?
I love our Tandoori fish, which is whole Pompano marinated and cooked in Tandoori Oven. It is very flavorful and takes the Indian Seafood scene to the next level! My second favorite these days again is our Salmon Fish Tikka and Tandoori Shrimps! I guess I am into seafood these days!!
What are the most popular dishes right now ?
I would say Tandoori Lamb Chops, Mixed Grill Platter, Tandoori fish and Salmon Fish Tikka