Chef Heena Patel is officially dropping meat from her menu at her restaurant Besharam.

When the restaurant first opened, Patel was told to add at least five or six animal proteins. Patel is a vegetarian and said that she never felt as though anyone trusted her to cook meat, nor to launch a meat-free menu.

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Patel eventually got her own financing and launched a new menu involving only three animal protein options. Now, after reopening the restaurant with a fresh new menu, Patel has committed to a meat-free menu.

Patel said, “I want to go back to my roots. I want to showcase my food, without worrying how good or bad, how people might perceive it. Sometimes with humble ingredients, I always wondered, ‘Is it good enough?’ But I’m not doubting that anymore. I have that confidence now.”

The menu is inspired by western India where Patel grew up. It specifically highlights four cities in Gujarat: Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, and Rajkot.

Patel has been open about her dislike of having to cook generalized meat dishes that aren’t even of her regional cuisine. She hopes to go back to her roots and create a menu that she loves by removing the meat.

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She also wants to show people that an Indian restaurant can be successful without serving any meat dishes.

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