Massive Restaurants: The Powerhouse Behind The Likes Of Masala Library, Farzi Café Et al

Founded by Zorawar Kalra in 2012, with the mentorship of his illustrious father & Czar of Indian Cuisine – Jiggs Kalra, Massive Restaurants Pvt. Ltd. is home to the likes of Masala Library, Pa Pa Ya, Farzi Café, KODE, MasalaBar and the most recent - TYGR


Coined as the "Prince of Indian cuisine", Zorawar Kalra launched Massive Restaurants Pvt. Ltd. in December 2012. Seven years later, Massive Restaurants Pvt. Ltd., spearheaded by Zorawar Kalra and mentored by his illustrious father & Czar of Indian Cuisine – Jiggs Kalra, with the support and active contribution of strong businesswoman Dildeep Kalra, has been home to an array of luxury diners, bars and restaurants across India and also on an international level. 

Zorawar Kalra , Founder & Managing Director, Massive Restaurants Pvt Ltd

Jiggs Kalra, Mentor & Culinary Director, Massive Restaurants Pvt. Ltd. 

Dildeep Kalra Director, Massive Restaurants Pvt. Ltd

Starting from Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra, to the most recent modern Thai restaurant in Palladium, Lower Parel, TYGR, this successful group has given the country a taste of modern-age dining with a classic fusion of Western and Indian culture.

Kalra calls his latest venture (TYGR) the Thai version of Farzi Café, and the latter has grown so popular across the country and has taken international stage as well. Here's a list of restaurants/bars by Massive Restaurants, which light up the culinary field of our beloved city — Mumbai. 

1) Masala Library 

This premium fine diner is the perfect amalgamation of science marrying art. Bringing the molecular gastronomy scene to the city, Masala Library located in BKC has concreted its position in the F&B world as one of the most successful luxury diners in India. On a personal level, the name itself fascinates me because Indian cuisine is all about the masala, right? And imagining a hypothetical library full of masalas which go into our food, no Indian culinary experience is complete without spices. The main focus of Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra is to revive the traditional recipes from across India with an emphasis on tracing the lineage of the Kebab and serving the greatest Curries of India. 

2) Pa Pa Ya

Pa Pa Ya is a modern Asian bistro & tapas bar from the House of Massive Restaurants and best described as a chic, modern and radical reinterpretation of Asian cuisine. Revolutionising the pan-Asian dining experience, Pa Pa Ya is an assimilation of various cooking techniques and cultures found across the Asian continent. It is as much about culinary art as it is about offering an exceptional gastronomic experience. It showcases super innovative presentations, integrated with cutting edge contemporary cooking techniques, including the use of the latest innovations & technology used in molecular gastronomy, with Massive Restaurants being credited for its introduction and popularisation in India through the critically acclaimed brands like Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra and Farzi Café. 

3) Farzi Café

Focusing on the gourmet diner as well as the youth of India, Farzi Café aims to bring Indian cuisine back “in-Vogue”. “Farzi” can have many connotations, but at Farzi Café, it has just one, “creating an illusion” with its cuisine. Best described as a gourmet experience. With a vision of bringing Indian Cuisine back “in-Vogue”, Farzi Café endeavours to showcase a unique, modernist approach to Indian food, where guests enjoy culinary innovations. This particular outlet has become a crowd favourite as it offers a little extra than the usual. With outlets in Kamala Mills and High Street Phoenix, both in Lower Parel, Farzi Café has enriched the dining experience of Mumbai. 


The latest addition to the Mumbai scene, TYGR is located in Palladium, Lower Parel, and is called the "Thai version of Farzi Café". Along with being a modern Thai restaurant, this place has glimpses of Japanese and American grill, too. The kitchen is run by Chef Sahil Singh and the bar at TYGR has been curated by mixologists Dino Koletsas and Barnaby Ingram. TYGR is somewhere between experiencing a fine dining experience and a lounge feel. 

Apart from these four restaurants, Massive Restaurants Pvt. Ltd. has a number of brands across India — BO-TAI, KODE, MasalaBar,  Made in Punjab. 

As the motto for this powerhouse stands, they're looking to revolutionise Indian food and nightlife, and foodies around remain keen to see what Massive Restaurants Pvt. Ltd. has to offer next.