Review: Mistral, New Delhi

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I love Director’s cut, at the Ambience mall in Delhi as I had mentioned a few months ago after my first visit. And an add on to the Director’s cut is Mistral by PVR a restaurant right outside the cinema hall. A casual dining concept, Mistral offers a high quality experience in “smart-casual” settings and atmosphere, at great value prices.

Mistral by PVR, www.stylecity.in

Mistral by PVR, www.stylecity.in

Polished casual dining lends itself equally well for a business dinner, a family luncheon or a private function.Spread over a carpeted area of 5,666 sq ft with 120 covers, ‘Mistral’ boasts an extensive Grill kitchen comprising of a Rotisserie, Fish grill and Kebab stations  designed as a see through kitchen closed by a wrap-around floor-to-ceiling glass curtain where cooks and Chefs can be seen preparing orders giving a theatrical ambiance. At Mistral, the Grill is also supplemented with fresh bakery products and pizzas which are baked in an Italian pizza oven. I had stepped in before a movie and decided to try out some food with a glass of wine.

Mistral by PVR, www.stylecity.in Mistral by PVR, www.stylecity.in

The All Day Breakfast Menu-Fresh from the farm which is inspired by the continental breakfast classics and designed with organic ingredients, is created with fresh and natural ingredients to beat the heat. We went in for the Brekkie Salad, which was poached eggs, vine, yellow & cherry tomatoes, bacon, sourdough bread & preserve. We paired this with a Chilean white wine and then tried a pepperoni Pizza from the main menu. All in all, the ingredients were refreshing and the meal was delicious. As chef Mayank Tewari says, “At Mistral we pride ourselves to emphasize on where the food comes from, where it is grown. Central to this ethos is our constant pursuit for the most dedicated producers in the area who like us adhere to uncompromised quality as guiding principle. The All day breakfast organic ingredients are supplied by one of our favourite producers, French Farm in Haryana.” He also assure me there will be lots more such innovations, so I can’t wait to go back for some more.

Venue:Mistral, 3rd Floor, Ambience mall, Vasant Kunj
Time: 11 am onwards, operational all 7 days
Cost for 2 people: INR 1,500 +taxes

Beauty Ritual: Aayna, New Delhi

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Locations: Aayna, Mehrauli, New Delhi
Treatment: HydarFacial, Rs.5,000 (plus tax)

From time immemorial, women want to look beautiful, be it Cleopatra the Egyptian queen or our own Indian queens, like Jodha and Rani Padmavati. But these women were never considered bimbos or incapable. If anything, their beauty, only increased their appeal. So when did making effort to look beautiful or wanting to enhance ones looks become derogatory? Here is where Dr.Simal Soin comes into play with AAYNA, “a concept born out of a dream to create something unique and timeless. It is a temple of beauty where we create and enhance beauty – both outer and inner.”
Aayna, New Delhi

Spread over 4,400 sq feet and having 11 treatment rooms, walking in to AAYNA feels like walking into a boutique hotel, with vintage decor and old world charm, decorated by Dr.Simal Soin herself. Dr. Simal Soin is one of  India’s leading cosmetic dermatologists. Apart from conventional therapeutics, she gained vast experience in cosmetic dermatology including the use of all modern laser equipment for treatment of variety of skin concerns, botox and various fillers. At Aayna, she offers a team of world-class of dermatologists, aesthetic doctors and skin therapists, and to complement the looks, they also have an in house nutrition specialist. They also offer us medical pedicures by Margaret Dabbs of London for the first time in India.
After my consult with Dr.Soin, I was advised to try the Hydra Facial. For those of you who read the blog, know I have super sensitive skin and am filled with fear at the mention of someone touching my face with products. This fear has become even worst due to some recent development in Hormonal issues, for which I am on treatment and may end up going for an operation. After listening to my fear and issues, I was first given a consult with Dr.Gargi, the in house nutritionist to plan a diet chart for me to help me lose the weight I have put on and generally keep me healthier. I felt slightly better after this, as she convinced me a lot of my weight gain, mood swings and skin issues are to do with my Hormonal issues, and should get sorted after the treatment and operation (if reqd). So now I felt relieved and was mentally more prepared to go in for the Hydra Facial.

Aayna, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

Aayna, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

The HydraFacial treatment is a non-invasive, painless serum based treatment performed under medical guidance, which gives a customized solution for all skin types. Hydration is the core of beautiful, luminous skin.The Hydra Facial is hydrating treatment which gives an instant glow and assists in reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, blocked up and enlarged pores, sensitive or acne-prone skin, brown spots and hyper pigmentation.
The process of HydraFacial treatment includes five essential steps that are as follows:
Cleansing and Exfoliation – Dead cells are gently removed to uncover smoother healthy skin
Peeling Serums – Gentle chemical peeling cleanses pores and improves pigmentation
Extractions – Painless, quick extraction of blackheads & whiteheads with a special vacuum tip.
Hydration – Vortex fusion technology for deep penetration of antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, which help hydrate skin and reduce signs of aging.
Protection – The Hydrafacial range of products used during the treatment include a special sunscreen which looks invisible on skin and helps sustain and secure treatment results.

The Verdict: I fell in love with my skin after years. So much so that I did something I have never done in all my years as a lifestyle journalist, I actually made an appointment for my next treatment and plan to continue this for the next 3-4 months till my marks reduce and I move to a more intense treatment. As for my nutrition program? Dr. Gargi has followed up and I lost over 2kgs in a week, (despite cheating sometimes)
Address : ‘Ambawatta One’, H-5/5, First Floor, Kalka Das Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi-110030. (Land Mark – Facing the Qutab Minar)
Timings : 10:00am to 7:00pm
For Appointments : (+91) 96502-06153, (+91) 96502-05873, (+91) 98711-38222

Style Picks: Line up

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by Isha Marwah
Simplicity is back with a bang, or shall we say lines. The latest trend seen all around is graphic lines which seem to be the latest trend in furniture design. From Japan to Italy, everyone is following this trend. Here are our Style Picks

Marco lamps b studio beam, www.stylecity.in

Marco lamps by studio beam

Plum and Bow wire stool, Urban Outfitters, www.stylecity.in

Plum and bow wire burst stool by Urban Outfitters

Field Test lamp, A minimal Studio

Field Test lamp by A minimal Studio

Wireflow, by-Arik-Levy-for-VIBIA, www.stylecity.in

Wireflow light by Arik Levy for VIBIA

Thin black lines, Nendo, www.stylecity.in

Thin black lines, Nendo

Review: He said She said, Mumbai

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Sprawling across 13,500 square feet, He Said She Said has a huge open-air, tarp-covered section along with an air-conditioned bar, a fine dining restaurant and a terrace bar perfect for sun-downers and gigs. Also considering the fact that this was the day Germany was playing the United States to determine if the US goes through the next round of the FIFA world cup you could see a whole lot of football enthusiasts had converged at this bar making the environment electric. The main area, apart from a giant screen airing the 9:30pm WC games, has a beer pong table, a British phone booth exclusively for selfies and enough space to indulge in various drinking games leading to free drinks (6 shots in 6 seconds anyone??).

He said She said, Mumbai,www.stylecity.in

As we were coming to terms with the sheer size of this bar, Kuber, who runs the establishment, was kind enough to give us a tour of the place. With going from a place that is 1/5th its size in Delhi to opening this establishment, He Said She Said has hit the nail on its head when it comes to accommodating everyone in this city who likes a night out, with brilliant and comfortable décor that is very complimenting of its ambiance and vibe.Vishal Guptaa very young and talented interior designer and artist has done the concept and design of He Said She Said. On the Ground level there are 2 Outdoor sections with Not-That-Loud Music where people can talk and lounge. It sports a grass turf, high chairs, sofas, benches with a very relaxed atmosphere. Inside there is an section specifically labelled “Loud Music” where you can dance beside the DJ console, but there is only a clear glass division between the indoor and outdoor section thereby utilizing the openness and space. These areas have colorful digital art in form of Characters as well as a Cityscape that adds to the distinctiveness and a flowing fountain in the outdoor section that has miniature character installations on it (fishing, sitting and even urinating!). The digital art is very difficult to mount in walls without printing or tracing but HS3 got the extremely talented Bhuppi (from Delhi) to hand-paint all of them to precision. Moving up the ladder, the place metamorphoses itself to the land of Greek Gods. White Washed Hand plastered walls and Retro artifacts welcome you to the Fine Dining area with even softer music levels. Treat your taste buds to exclusive European delicacies in this section. Finally, the top Level has a covered Terrace with a small stage that can accommodate small gigs, screenings, etc.

He said She said, Mumbai, www.stylecity.in

He said She said, Mumbai,www.stylecity.in

Before we got stuck into the food we had the privilege of tasting some of the many shots the bar had on offer, it was a shame I could not try all as I would have definitely had a memory lapse. He Said She Said has on offer over 40 shots divided into ‘layered’, ‘chocolatey/creamy’, ‘fruity’, ‘spicy’, ‘balls of steel’, ‘it’s different’, ‘ice-cream’ and ‘Mumbai special’ options, all priced between Rs120 to Rs349. Something that is ideal in case one wants to get a quick buzz before heading out to party.Our captain recommended the following sequence of shots and it was the greatest combination of pick-me-up-I-am-ready-to-start-this-party-shot I have ever had. We started with a ‘Red Hot Chilli Pepper’, which came with a green chilly, that one bites into before taking the shot and keeping it in your mouth for 30 seconds before gulping it down. One chases this shot with the ‘Chai Maila’ a concoction of whiskey and caramel soothing the spiciness of the previous shot. Needless to say I was attuned to what effect those shots were meant to have and they did not disappoint. Another fun things to try at He Said She Said apart from their different shots is their FotoFunbooth where patrons enter a Old Retro Telephone booth, sign in into Facebook, get their picture clicked with various props and accessories and instantly upload it, tagging the friends who they want. It is a unique fun experience which will make your memories last forever with friend. Now for the food,we ordered a wide variety of starters and bar food to go along with our beers and game of football. The pepper and olive cheesy parcels are highly recommended by the bar and they live up to their billing. A great combination of melted mozzarella with some pepper and olives infused together before slightly fried and coated to keep them together. This was the perfect accompaniment to our beers. Apart from this the quintessential Okra Kur Kure and garlic bread helped keep the beers down and games interesting.From the fine dining menu we received a sampling of the Stuffed Chicken on a bed of mushroom risotto along with a portion of BBQ chicken wings. We washed these down with a few more shots, which included the Aampanna shot (an old favourite) and the chocolaty Coco Chanel (comes with an actual Kit-Kat bar). Each shooter is so unique and wonderfully presented that you cannot help but try a few.

He said She said,Mumbai, www.stylecity.in

He said She said,www.stylecity.in He said She said, www.stylecity.in

To sum up all I can say is He Said She Said in Andheri quite literally provides everything one could ask for at a night out. One can start with some relaxed beers in the main area, move to the louder air-conditioned bar, head up for some fine food at the restaurant and end the night enjoying a gig on the terrace. Coming from Delhi and complaining about the lack of space Mumbai has to offer, trust me such quality establishments are diamonds in a coalmine. Amongst the plethora of identical bars/pubs spread out over Colaba, Bandra, Juhu and Andheri finally there is a place that is quite appropriately ‘for everyone’.
Address: Remi Biz Court, Lane behind Fun Republic, Off Link Road, Veera Desai Road
Phone:+91 9867515082
Price: Approx Rs.2,000 for two
Rating: Butter Chicken
Rating Scale: Tinda – 0, Idli – 1, Salad – 2, Butter Chicken – 3, Kakori Kebabs – 4, Grandmother’s cooking – 5

Sculptural Expression

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By Isha Marwah

We know some great sculptures all around the world which are part of the history including the Roman and Greek Empires. Sculptures are known for decoration or entertain the on lookers but they are also the symbols of development of a culture. These sculptures as we know came through the minds of the sculptor’s who wants to express their thoughts and ideas while experimenting with different forms and materials.Here are few incredible and unique artworks that have been made to decorate streets, squares and towns across the globe which are so creative that you can get inspired to the core of your heart.

Sinking building outside state library,Melbourne, Australia, www.stylecity.in

SINKING BUILDING- OUTSIDE STATE LIBRARY, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Salmon sculpture, Portland, Oregon, USA,www.stylecity.in

SALMON SCULPTURE, PORTLAND, OREGON, USA

mustangs-by-Robert-Glen Las Colinas, Texas, USA, www.stylecity.in

MUSTANGS BY ROBERT GLEN IRVING, TEXAS, USA

De Vaartkapoen, Brussels, Belgium, www.stylecity.in

DE VAARTKAPOEN BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

Nelson Mandela, South Africa, www.stylecity.in

NELSON MANDELA, SOUTH AFRICA

So if you know about or have seen some such amazing sculptures, do leave a comment with a link, will add to the post..
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New Launch: Social, Hauz Khas Village

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Socialize, Social-network, Social-media; the word ‘social’ seems to be taking over our lives. And now, Riyaaz Amlani, owner Impresario (of the Mocha and Smoke house Deli fame) brings to us how he envisions a physical form for the word, in the form of an all day cafe and bar called SOCIAL.

Hauz Khas Social, www.stylecity.in

“You remove form from design and all you are left with is function.” Riyaaz explains about the interior decor or rather lack off in the space. “Coffee shops and cafes have been projected as your “Third Place”, a place away from home and your work/college. With Social, for the very first time in restaurant history we have introduced the Second Place concept, a place where you can both work and play,” he continues. 

Hauz Khas Social, www.stylecity.in

Spread over 8,500 square feet with a stunning view of both the Hauz Khas monument and lake, the decor of Social has been left to a bare minimum, with exposed brick walls and tiled flooring, made to resemble an old warehouse or New York loft, as was my first impression when I entered. Rugged yet chic, everything found in Social is recycled or up-cycled. The unfinished bare walls and naked bulbs dangling from the ceiling are juxtaposed against the plush leather sofas. Skeletal table clamp lights add strong lines to the large communal tables, while jute blinds cover the large windows. Everything here has been found and not bought, adding to the character of the space. Social has everything an office has; a boardroom, wall-space, conference facilities, wall-to-wall uber high-speed WiFi and built-in social interaction, along with an app for the same. The app lets you order and review food, check out the restaurant’s playlist and even check in on what the other guests in the space are up to, to allow room for collaboration and interaction between tables. Once the day ends, the work space at Social shifts gears to become a high energy bar.

Hauz Khas, Social, www.stylecity.in  Hauz Khas, Social, www.stylecity.in

Then of course, there is the food. The menu combines ingredients and cultures from across the world with a street food experience sitting in a cafe. So your fish of your Fish and chips is mini-bites, served in a mug while your Wow Bao’s, a Turkish street dish, plated to look like a burger. That element of quirkiness is not to be missed while there are not enough words to describe how tasty the food was, but that is not surprising, as experience has shown me Mr. Amlani loves his food and usually gets it right. The drinks menu is like something out of a science fiction laboratory. The Deconstructed Moscow Mule, for instance is served in a mule mug, with a beaker tied up in muslin cloth with smoked Vodka and a pipette with bitters. While the Long Island Iced Tea was actually long, served in somewhat of a long glass tube. The cocktails are definitely going to be a draw for Social.
All in all, I am definitely expecting Social to attract a young and creative crowd. Especially those who find sitting in a conventional office to cumbersome. But, will it be a long-lasting solution to keep this easily bored Generation Z excited and fill the gap left by regular coffee shops, that is yet to be seen!

Address: 9A &12, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi
Number: 7838652814

Style Picks: Trunks

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by Isha Marwaha

It has been noticed that trunks are used as furniture pieces in interiors. People are considering them to be the latest fashion in town for the interior industry. The Trunks are seen to be the latest trend all around the world and now it is in our country.They vary in different fusion of vintage materials like leather, metal and canvas accessories. Here are some pictures featuring TRUNKS from the stores around here..

Nappa Dori, www.stylecity.in

NAPPA DORI

Louis Vuitton, www.stylecity.in

LOUIS VUITTON

Apartment 9, www.stylecity.in

APARTMENT 9

Three Sixty Degrees, www.stylecity.in

THREE SIXTY DEGREES LIFESTYLE STORE

Portside cafe, www.stylecity.in

PORTSIDE CAFE

Eclair Delight

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Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts today announced the launch of its first-ever global éclair programme, Le Méridien Éclair, in partnership with award-winning pastry chef and new LM100 member, Johnny Iuzzini.  Le Méridien New Delhi will offer guests the opportunity to indulge in a variety of modern twists on the chic Parisian pastry, with the hotel’s pastry chef, Chef Vikas Shrivastava at the helmm offering three signature flavours – coffee, chocolate and vanilla – as well as unique creations inspired by New Delhi and other parts of the country.

Eclairs, Le Meridien, www.stylecity.in

Eclairs, Le Meridien, www.stylecity.in

“The destination inspired éclairs is a novel take on the chic Parisian pastry and offers a new perspective to our creative guests and helps them to discover not only interesting aspects of a destination but also experience local cuisine and share the experience at their next stop”, said Tarun Thakral, Chief Operating Officer, Le Meridien New Delhi.To celebrate the launch of Le Méridien Éclair, Le Méridien New Delhi will host ’A New Perspective on Eclairs’ and offer guests the opportunity to create their own éclair innovations guided by Chef Vikas Shrivastava. Guests of Le Méridien New Delhi throughout the months of June and July will also be encouraged to upload and share their experiences on social media using #LMeclairs.

Eclairs, Le Meridien, www.stylecity.in

Le Méridien hotels around the world will continue to feature a variety of destination-inspired éclairs, offering guests an authentic taste of the local cuisine and culture, from the Maple Bacon Éclair and Texas Honey Pecan Éclair at Le Méridien Dallas by the Galleria to the Dulce de Leche Éclair, infused with coconut, from Le Méridien Panama. Le Méridien New Delhi will feature the Jaggery Ginger Éclair, Rose Cardamom Éclair and Clotted Cream Kalakand Éclair to unlock the flavours of Delhi and Hazelnut Tamarind Éclair from Le Royal Meridien Chennai and Coconut Jaggery Cardamom from Le meridien Kochi. The Le Méridien Éclair programme comes on the heels of the brand’s recent announcement of a new global partnership with French Bossa Nova collective Nouvelle Vague, who has curated a 24-hour soundtrack for Le Méridien hotels around the world, as well as a new global beverage programme, Le Méridien Sparkling, inspired by the European aperitif culture. Together, these programmes elevate the guest experience via the brand’s signature Hub experience, encouraging visitors to unlock their destination through coordinates, culture and cuisine.

A curated network of Interior Designers

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Dwll.in (pronounced ‘Dwellin’) is a curated network of interior designers launched by Pankaj Poddar and Parikshat Hemrajani, both alumni of the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. On this platform users submit information on their design projects (including photos, answers to questions, and drawings/ pictures describing what they want) and multiple designers respond with design concepts. Users can then hire the Designer they like through this site. Though quite popular internationally it is considerably nascent in the Indian context.

Living room dwll.in, www.stylecity.in

  • Dwll.in focuses primarily on showcasing, promoting and connecting quality interior designers with consumers
  • They provide a platform that will aid both the users and designers with better project management and will help in transitioning of work from offline to online domain
  • They aspire to be a force which will organize this highly fragmented industry
  • They have also partnered with Bajaj Finance to provide Interior Design Consultation for their Home Loan consumers as a value-added service. This is an innovative product in the industry.

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Dwll.in focuses solely on interior designers, helps with discovery of designers and then provides designers and consumers a platform through which they can connect and manage their design projects as well. They also actively market the platform to users who have interior design needs and brings them to the site to connect with designers.So if you are looking for designers to do up your homes, you now have a huge range and various options. Just log on to http://www.dwll.in

 

Iqrup+Ritz; Eclectic collection of exquisite furniture

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Launched by mother and daughter duo, Iqrup + Ritz is a new international furniture and décor brand that believes in the power of pairing. As furniture is never placed in isolation, they also give customers ideas on how to style their homes. With my love for Interior Styling, you can easily see my attraction towards the brand.

Iqrup + Ritz Hermes Orange, www.stylecity.in

They had invited me earlier this year for a preview of their launch collection which was on display at India Design ID this
February. The collection will be on view and can be purchased from our e-commerce store which launched later in the year. For those of you who can’t go without touch & feel they also have a showroom in Gurgaon. The collections offer a wide range of furniture and cushions. Their collections are inspired by Mid-century modern, Boho-chic and classic English styles. While their furniture is super stylish and ranges from modern, contemporary designs to classic favorites. You can notice high quality craftsmanship as the pieces at Iqrup+Ritz are made by the best workshops around the world.

Rampur Romance_Iqrup+Ritz, www.stylecity.in

Alberts Study_Iqrup+Ritz, www.stylecity.in

Iqrup trained in London and lives in Delhi. She is the creative brain behind Iqrup + Ritz. She has been an interior designer and furniture maker for over 30 years and describes her style as ‘global collector meets classic contemporary’.Ritika was raised in Delhi and lives in London. Ritika (Ritz) is the strategic brain behind Iqrup + Ritz. She worked for many years in investment banking until she decided to give in to her inner decorista. She describes her style as ‘lived in chic with bursts of colour’.
So if you are looking for a change of style this year, do drop into the studio of this creative duo.

Studio Address: 392 Udyog Vihar, Phase IV, Guragon
Telephone: 0124-4237613
Email: ritika@iqrupandritz.com

http://www.iqrupandritz.com/

(By appointment only)

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