Review: He said She said, Mumbai

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??).

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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

New Launch: Social, Hauz Khas Village

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

Review: EN, Japanese Fine Dining, New Delhi

Living in Delhi, one begins to take for granted its exquisiteness, the beautiful parks and stunning monuments. This is why sometimes it takes dining at a place like ‘EN’, with its view of the majestic Qutub Minar to makes you appreciate and fall in love with the beauty of Delhi all over again. ‘En’ is a holy word, it means Synchronicity; a blessed relationship, an invisible connection of fate and destiny. Hence, merging various styles, essence, ingredients & preparation techniques from around the world with the spirit of Japan, the highly specialized chefs at En bring to you a superb reinterpretation of Contemporary Japanese Cuisine.

EN- Japanese Cuisine, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

EN- Japanese Cuisine, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

Spread over three levels and divided into various areas, the design thought behind En highlights the harmonious coexistence of two strong cultures, Japanese & Indian. The century old royal heritage Haveli that is home to En has been recreated to harmoniously match the theme of a Japanese restaurant. And, rather than conform to the clichéd ornamental look like most oriental restaurants, the space has a minimalist appearance that flaunts timeless style and elegance. The interior layout has been done intelligently with seating that can be converted smoothly into private dining rooms that could accommodate 6, 8, 12 and 20. Complete with a Sushi bar and a bar, the fine dining area is radiant with a combination of natural and artificial light, bringing to life a composition that boasts of an unassuming earth-tone interior elements set off by clean lines. ‘aka’ – Red (believed to be the color of the Sun), the sacred color of Japan, finds its way into the furnishings gracing the space.  The luxurious placement of bay windows throughout the fine dine space allow diners unparalleled views of the surrounding green belt and the ubiquitous Qutab Minar. While the interior fine-dine space at En exudes ample charm, the terraces, aptly named ‘The Tableu’ sets a tone of its own bringing visitors to the piece de resistance of the venue. The view on all four terraces is nothing short of breathtaking, with the Qutub Minar as the main highlight. In fact, keeping this ambiance in mind restaurant had its first Sufi night on 26th April, where the atmosphere was mesmerising and left all those there wanting more!

EN, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

EN- Japanese Cuisine, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

Dating back to the Peking man and his use of fire and the resulting invention of ‘modern day cuisine’ as we know it, Contemporary Japanese Cuisine is the result of noteworthy journey that began somewhere in the 8th century in history of The Three Kingdoms, arriving majestically at our up-to-date palates. According to Raji Sandhar, owner EN, “Our idea is to create a new benchmark in the arena of Japanese Fine dining throughout India.  It requires the infusion of un-matched cuisine served in the relevant ambiance. En aims to provide the Capital’s gastronomic globetrotters with a taste of what authentic Japanese cuisine is truly about.”

EN- Japanese Cuisine, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

Japanese food is one of the healthiest in the world and still remains the most distinct cuisines in the world. A few aspects that set Japanese cuisine apart from other cuisines is it’s emphasis on using quality ingredients, unique seasoning its impeccable presentation.The menu at EN bears witness of the rich epicurean roots of Japan. Though Japan is rich in culture and has a variety of different styles and cuisines, ‘En’ brings to you that culture of fine dining and authentic cuisine that’s savored only in Tokyo. We decided to go in for the set menu, so as to get a taste of the entire range of dishes served at the restaurant. We began with a dish that included Bean with Black sesame with Nanbanzuke and Prawn balls. The black sesame was out of this world, I can use it as a seasoning on almost anything I want to eat. We then had Kakiage and Tempura, which are actually similar dishes but I preferred Kakiage and now with this new knowledge I know next time to ask for Kakiage instead of Tempura. We then tried a mouth-watering assemblage of award winning Sushi & Sashimi, and a ‘so soft it melts in your mouth’ braised pork belly. We then tried ‘Chawanmushi’ or egg custard, an authentic Japanese dish the only thing on the menu I could not eat, as I think that is a developed taste and will take a long time for me to get there. Of course this was followed with an addition of Rolls and Maki & Teppen-Yaki and an exhaustive rendering of Noodle & Rice dishes… all washed down with a cup of signature Houjicha, Japanese Black tea and Sorbet for Dessert. All in all, I can’t wait to go back, sip my wine while I enjoy the view of the stunning Qutub Minar and enjoy an exquisite meal.

Address:Ambawatta One, 5/1 Kalkadas marg, New Delhi- 30
Phone:  011-26646471
Price: Meal for two approx.: Rs.4,500 (plus taxes) minus alcohol

Review: Guppy by ai, New Delhi

There are two myths about Japanese cuisine in Delhi, first that it is all about raw sea food and second that the decor has to be streamlined and simple. Guppy by ai breaks both the myths and introduces us to a different side to Japanese cuisine in the most charming and memorable way. Starting with the decor, the 2200 sq. feet space designed by Anshu Arora has been divided into three areas, the restaurant, the bar and courtyard. Each area has unique features to recreate a playful wonderland in a modern setting.

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Every unique element from the solar fired heart shaped tiles to the lighting and fixtures have been customized for Guppy making this one of the quirkiest restaurants I have visited. A manga artist has worked on murals, window art and column figures. There is clever use of Origami (Japanese paper art) and metal to make lights. The bar area from where you enter the restaurant shows an artistic representation of Mickey Mouse behind the counter, while anime inspired upholstery adorns the couches and heart shaped wall paper cover the walls.A feature water body with a stream of metallic Guppies (tropical fish as I discovered) strung together like a stream of a river make for an unusual water installation.The charming courtyard which was the highlight of Guppy for me has a anime inspired sculpture, smaller tree light boxes, a huge mural, candle lighting and casual seating centered around a tall Frangipani tree.The dining area focuses on a sushi counter and a big community table with comfortable, casual seating around it.  It has touches of studio designed and custom tailored kimonos on the walls.The area also boasts of two specially sculpted metal lion fish lights and Japanese kokeshi dolls, vintage cameras, old tiffin boxes and more such Japanese memorabilia scouted from antique shops. Of course how can I not mention the polka dot bathroom.We started with some vodka and wasabi based cocktails at the bar recommended by the manager. They were a perfect start to a lovely evening at the end of a harrowing week. As we munched on some edamame and gossiped, the starters started coming to our table and then began one of my most exciting culinary journey’s.

Guppy by ai, www.stylecity.in

Guppy by ai, www.stylecity.in

I who can eat Sushi every meal of every day was actually gorging on everything else Chef Vikram Khatri decided to serve us, not because the Sushi was bad, it was delicious, but everything else had such a unique texture and taste I could not drag myself away. We started with, Chirashi Seafood Salad which is Pickled prawn, tuna, salmon, crab and baby greens in goma-ae dressing and finished every last morsel. We then moved on to Guppy Signature Pork Belly which is Slow braised pork belly, glazed with soy honey, served with mustard miso sauce and actually melts in your mouth. We then moved on to the gluten free, amazing texture in your mouth Exotic Mushroom Gyoza and Prawn Gyoza which were equally delish before trying the Sushi’s. The Sushi assortment included the Prawn Tempura roll and Spicy Tuna roll which we found the best but also the accompaniments supported the dish really well; the ginger was slightly sweetened and the wasabi was not too sharp. For mains we had Grilled Jumbo Prawns and Guppy Signature Black Cod with some Garlic Fried Rice. Of course, even though we were stuffed to the brim no Japanese meal can be complete without dessert, in our case was Red velvet cake, which was absolutely out of the world.

Honestly it is a beautiful restaurant, with the food priced and presented really well. You could taste the spicy, the tangy, and the exotic all in one bite. Most dishes, from mains to the condiments are made from scratch here. More than anything, I loved the ambience and the friendly nature of the staff. It is definitely a place I will be visiting regularly and would recommend the same to all of you.

Address– 28, Main Market, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi
Lunch for two With alcohol 2000 ++
Dinner  for two With alcohol 3000 ++

Review: Hiatus, Clarion Collection – Qutab Hotel, New Delhi

Every person has a different reason for wanting to try out a new restaurant. Some people go for the love of food, some just to be seen, where as I have a fascination with wanting to go for the ambience and to have an interesting experience hence food usually ends up taking a back seat for me. Fortunately with Hiatus I did not have to worry in either regard, for the ambience, décor and food surpassed all expectations.

Hiatus,Clarion Collection, www.stylecity.in

Hiatus,Clarion Collection, www.stylecity.in

The restaurant has been divided into different areas, each boasting of a different experience and different cuisine. Starting from the H-Bar an urban bar which serves an innovative range of cocktails along with the most high end range of international spirits. I was given my fix of alcohol delight with a CLOVE TINI-A fusion version of cocktail enhanced with special in house clove syrup merged with fresh orange juice and ANISE TINI- An out of the mind love of “THE HIATUS” blended with anise and mango and Basil flavour.

Hiatus,Clarion Collection, www.stylecity.in

Hiatus,Clarion Collection, www.stylecity.in

The other areas in the restaurant are THE PATIO, the open-air patio, which is a nice intimate area where you can sit during the winter evenings and enjoy a lovely barbeque, or also come during the day for a nice brunch. Or you can DINE IN CELLAR- Where you get a tailor made menu as well as a selection of wine. And finally a special area for Chefs guests which is where I was invited the CHEF & YOU – a unique fine dining experience in the kitchen that is personalized to suit the palate of each diner that visits the venue.

Hiatus,Clarion Collection, www.stylecity.in

We began our gastronomic journey with the Amuse Bouche and then moved on to the salad, Roasted Beetroot Stack with Feta Cream- Slow Oven cooked beetroot Carpaccio stack filled with feta & oregano cream, I did not even know you could have something like a Beetroot Carpaccio let alone that it would taste so good. Tomato & Jasmine Tea soup was the next thing on the menu, it’s a balanced mix flavor of tomato soup, and jasmine tea topped up with Black truffle oil served with Garlic Crostini. Chef Special Mezze platter which includes Sundried tomato and Basil Hummus, Eggplant Salsa, Indian Style Tzatziki, Italian Salad, Greek infused Falafel served with sumac dusted Kulcha, again this dish was an amazing fusion of Mediterranean and Indian style, without it seeming forced. Air bread with Indian Style Mini Cottage Cheese Steak is something I would recommend to all vegetarians, modern technique of cooking used for making air bread filled with Cheese fondue and topped with pickle marinated mini cottage cheese steak with tomato caviar & olive dust. Spanish Style Chicken Tikka, Paprika Infused succulent chicken chunks cooked on grill and Served with Mango Salsa, blinis, basil chutney was the first non-veg dish served, so lets just say I absolutely devoured the dish and the mango salsa was the best form of Mango I have eaten in a whileOrange and Kafir lime Sorbet- the in house sorbet worked as a palate freshener between the courses. Wild Mushroom Ragout with Fettuccini Black Fungus, Porcini, Oyster cooked in tomato cream sauce in an Italian style and served with fettuccini. Calabrese Penne Chorizo, black olives, sundried tomato, parmesan oil in a tomato sauce and tossed with penne Mains Spinach & chickpea Dumplings with Pine nut & Fresh Rose Petal Gravy Served with Exotic Mushroom & gruyere Kulcha. Bacon Wrapped chicken with paprika infused Makhani gravy was another fusion dish where the Makhni gravy added just the right amount of excitement to the palate. Honey Glazed Indian Vegetables served with Saffron and mix Vegetable Pilaf was the last of the mains, by now I had reached a point where I had to forcibly stop eating cause my stomach had begun to rebel while my mouth was still salivating. Finally we ended the meal with the desserts: Italian Classic Tiramisu. Chocolate Spoon, Rum and Coffee Caviars. Chef Special Napoleon. Chocolate hazelnut napoleon with cardamom sorbet.

Cocktail, Hiatus,Clarion Collection, www.stylecity.in Tomato jasmine tea soup, Hiatus, www.stylecity.in

All in all it was one of the finest Fine Dining experiences I have had in a long time. So if you are looking to go for an intimate meal this Valentines day or have a nice outdoor Party this Spring, you know where you should go.

Address: Clarion Collection – Qutab Hotel
Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg, New Delhi
Phone:  Tel: +91 41078789
Price: Meal for two Rs 2,500  (plus taxes) minus alcohol

Beauty Ritual: Ishana Nature Spa, Saket, New Delhi

Spa Ritual: Santisukh Tranquility Massage, 90 minutes, Rs.3650
Location: Ishana Nature Spa, MGF Metropolitan Mall, Saket

Now that the New year festivities have slightly mellowed down, I cant think of a better way to start the year of hectic work and even more social events than a Spa visit. So that is what I did to start 2014 with my visit to Ishana Nature Spa. Ishana Nature Spa offers a cocoon of luxurious comfort and enriches your experience further with a range of traditional therapies. Based upon centuries-old Ayurvedic tenets and enriched with an exclusive range of natural ingredients, the therapies at Ishana aim to support balance and enhance bliss in your life.

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From the moment you enter the Ishana Nature Spa, everything you feel and touch is pure and gentle – every extravagance stimulates a feeling of well being as you surrender yourself to the very caring and experienced hands of the expertly trained therapists. The city spa, located at MGF Mall, Saket is a spa lifestyle brand that brings Asian heritage to the spa scenario in Delhi and the Ishana Nature Spa therapies are designed to provide maximum benefits to the discerning guest. If you remember few months ago I had visited the Ishana Experience centre at IGI airport, which was more about the experience than the actual spa treatment but was a great experience, so my level of expectation had been set quite high when visiting the Nature Spa at Saket. I certainly wasn’t disappointed. The first thing you notice during the treatment is the heated bed, which makes it extremely comfortable to have a treatment during the winters. The second is the absolute expertise of the therapist as she slowly massages the knots out of your muscles. I always find it strange when a busy mall has such serene places, they are relaxing and definitely worth a visit. Of course here too is a gift shop where you can buy products completely Indian and organic in nature. Though I suggest you do it prior to the massage, as post massage you want nothing but a cup of chai as you cuddle in bed with a novel.

Review: Fio Cookhouse and Bar

A pebbled patio with a stylish alfresco dining, surrounded by frangipanis to serenade you, sounds like a lovely spot in a farmhouse hidden away from the main city, right? So if I told you this was the exact look and feel of Fio-Cookhouse & Bar under a metro station in one of the most crowded areas of the city, you will think I am joking. Fortunately I am not, and the new Fio Cookhouse & bar is a sanctuary right in the middle of the city with a stunning alfresco dining area which paves way for an interior that is cheerful and café-like during the day and transforms into a moody and soulful space at night.

Fio Cookhouse & Bar, www.stylecity.in

Fio Cookhouse & Bar, www.stylecity.in

A labour of love and faith, Fio Cookhouse & Bar is a lovechild of Vineet Wadhwa. In fact Fio at Garden of 5 senses was one of the first reviews on StyleCity. Fio is like an urbane getaway that offers a sensory treat to diners. The place is seamlessly divided into two sections- a lounge and bar area that is moody, sedate and intriguing and a restaurant section that is relaxed and cheerful. Both the sections are cleverly wrapped by a wall-to-wall library that gently transforms from a liquor cabinetry to a culinary library and eventually into a food cabinetry. The cocktails I tried were extremely unique and pleasant like the  Bellini Martini (yes, its a wine based Martini) and Its me at 18. While my friends Mocktails- Hot wired and Apple Jack (told you, interesting names!) were refreshing and excellent!

Fio Cookhouse & Bar, www.stylecity.in

An eclectic duet of European fare along with contemporary Indian dishes makes the menu a diverse selection of culinary delights. Cooked with the freshest ingredients and kitchen herbs, every meal is an affair to remember! Every dish we tried as per the chefs recommendation was delish! Be it the Cookhouse salad, which was really fresh or the extremely tantalizing Spitfire grilled chicken. We then moved on to the Main course which was Olive crusted Rawas for me (my sea-food obsession) and Butter beans, mushroom, spinach roesti for my friend. Not only were the dishes excellent they were very decent portions, so much so we had to skip dessert and need to go back to try them out! In terms of the food and the ambience I don’t think I have been to a nicer place recently. If you happen to be around Nehru Place, especially when the weather is still lovely, I would totally recommend you stop by at Fio- Cookhouse & bar, Order your favourite cuppa, sit by the large glass windows or just catch up with family and friends over a more elaborate supper, you wont be disappointed.

Address: Epicuria Mall, Nehru Place, New Delhi, India- 110019
Contact no: +911126281026 +919899228666
Meal for 2: Rs. 2,500.00
Hours of operation: 11 am – 1am

Review: Boveda, Andheri, Mumbai

Gaurav Shekdar

A drive through the by lanes of Andheri west had us at BOVEDA the latest eatery on this side of town. A warm staff greeted us as we entered a rather spacious restaurant and bar. Spread Across 2,200 sq feet with a seating capacity of about 120 people, Bóveda is a Spanish word translated as vault. The interiors, conceptualized and managed by Sandeep Parwal & his team of MAX Solution is inspired from the design concept “Listen to the heart”. With classic yet contemporary interiors, wooden structure with suspended retro bulbs, exposed brick walls, plush lounge area, Bóveda has the ideal setting for a memorable night out.  Not restricting your night within the constraints of walls, it jazzes up your dine out with an open air area where you can revel in the crisp evening air. The colour almost instantly catches your eyes with a classy blend of greys and browns.

Boveda, Mumbai, www.stylecity.in

Boveda, Mumbai, www.stylecity.in

The crowds hadn’t gathered as we were unusually early for a Friday night. But once we got onto the drinks menu we realized why this place was different from the others. The range was vast and it’s cocktails section made a special mark. With refreshing and innovative blends on the cards we went for 3 different cocktails and all were more than up to the mark with the watermelon burst being the icing on the cake. A munch or two always goes down well with drinks and we decided to pick a prawn and a mushroom starter. Both were delectable and great on the taste buds. Once in the mouth they had a burst of flavours that were both new and interesting. A mini pepperoni pizza that followed was a perfect choice along with the Patatas Bravas. The sign off was a chocolate mini pastry which was gooey, nutty and yes, very chocolaty.The staff was attentive and pleasant. Most importantly, they knew their dishes and drinks well and made the correct suggestions.The overall food and drink experience was rather rewarding. The pricing was just right and the variety and quality meant that this place would have me coming here again for a bite and a gulp.

Address: G 04, Morya Landmark 1, Off New Link Road, Andheri west
Tel: +919820704963, 022-67080858/59

Review: Trolleys, Khan Market, New Delhi

With the increase in the eateries in New Delhi it is getting tougher for them to do something different and survive through the thick competition. The newly opened Trolleys, however, manages to make a charming effort. Tucked away in the by lanes of Delhi’s classy and affluent Khan Market, Trolleys comprises of an impressive a-la-carte with different cuisines and the restaurant justifies its name by offering daily specials on trolleys that will find their way to your table.

Trolleys, Khan Market, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

The inviting couches, pastel colours, quirky furniture, mirrors on the ceiling and tamed ruggedness of the bricked walls add to the dramatic ambiance of the space; a rare sight for restaurants these days.The blue, yellow, sea green hues on the walls lend a fun element to the environment while the rich velvet eccentric upholstery flirts with your mood. The first floor is reserved for those looking to enjoy a fabulous sit down dinner with friends and family over a delicious spread. This also leads to a lovely terrace where you can sit for brunch during this amazing weather or a nice drink in the evening. The second floor is the lounge area where the music is more upbeat and people can get together for after work drinks or a night out for the weekend. The bar menu has a variety of virtuous drinks ranging from classics, signature drinks like the ‘Plum Me in Trolleys’ and effervescent molecular drinks for the adventurous souls. And to spice things up, Trolleys brings you your drink in an eye catching glass cut out of a recycled alcohol bottle from the brand Reciclar, by Benchmarc.

Trolleys, Khan Market, www.stylecity.in

Undoubtedly one of the USPs of Trolleys is having daily specials on trolleys that visit your table is a one of a kind venture. Inspired by old Delhi’s tradition of selling food on carts that travel the lanes through the day as well as an attempt to entertain the hungry pangs of diners while they wait for their food to be served, the trolleys bring you knick knacks to savour. For the lovers of Indian spices, the chef will dish out delicacies like Kache Kele Aur Anjeer Ke Kebab, Amritsari Jheenga, Pathar Ka Kebab, Salmon Tikka and even the lavish Pakistani dish, Nihari Gosht. The fans of European cuisine also have an array of treats to pick from, like  Fresh water prawns with Ginger & Lemon, ‘Parmesan Crusted Chicken Steak, Herb Polenta, Black Pepper Glaze’, ‘Grilled Polenta Steaks, Artichokes, Red Pepper Cream’ and ‘Pesto & Ricotta Tortellini, Sundried Tomato & Olive Coulis’.  With no stone left unturned in attaining that authentic taste, Trolleys also has a pizza oven to serve fresh thin crust pizzas.  And if Arabic food gets you salivating, Trolleys has a delectable spread of Falafel Rolls, Shwarmas, Hummus, Tabbouleh and Kabees Mashkal.

Honestly, for someone who does not eat Indian food in restaurants it was one of the best I had in a long time.So next time you are around Khan Market, do stop by at Trolleys for some amazing food and experience.

Address: 7, First Floor, Middle Lane, Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
Contact No: +91 7838785925, 011 45840066
Timing: 12 pm – 11:30 pm
Meal for 2:  1400 + Taxes

Review: Cavalli Caffé, DLF Emporio, New Delhi

There are some days when you just want to dress pretty, meet your girl-friend for a drink, bitch about your job/ boss/ significant other and have a delish meal. Most days you deserve an award for not being jailed after assaulting someone for annoying you, but on those odd days when you want to dress pretty and have a great meal, you go to Cavalli Caffé. At least I did, one Tuesday a few weeks back.
CAVALLI CAFFE INTERIOR
The Cavalli Caffè situated next to the Roberto Cavalli boutique, at the ground floor of DLF Emporio located in Vasant Kunj is as stylish and fashionable as anything with the name Cavalli on the door should be.The Caffè experience finds its roots in the historical Cavalli Caffè Giacosa, located in Via Tornabuoni in Florence, an antique shop founded in 1815, which was a meeting place for a refined and noble Florentine clientele, which Roberto Cavalli brought back to life, preserving the elegance of the setting. The one in Delhi has been decorated in true Roberto Cavalli style with elements created personally by Cavalli himself; the Cavalli Caffé is a true reflection of his style, complete with the animal print upholstery and animal print lampshades hung upside down all along the ceiling with prints of Roberto Cavalli with various celebrities covering the wall.
Bar, Cavalli Caffe, www.stylecity.in
Anyone who knows me knows my love for a great tasting drink, especially if it is vodka or wine based, well I was spoilt for choice with, Cavalli red wine, Cavalli Premium Italian Vodka and Grappa all available as drink options. Conceived to stimulate and inspire every moment of the day, the Cavalli Caffè offers an elegant and refined menu and the atmosphere enables its clients to savour different tastes in an intimate and classic setting where the cuisine proposes a wide range of traditional Italian products and flavours. We were lucky to try the new menu which incorporates a few not so Italian flavours as well. Before I begin on the food, a special mention to the styling by Chef Kapil, it literally broke my heart to spoil the presentation. We started with Crema Di Pomodoro which came in a bun and looked gorgeous but tasted just as it should, warm and soothing down the throat. We then moved on to Parma Ham and Melon appetizer and Rucola and Goat Cheese Salad with Pine Nuts and Oranges. The mains were Mellanzane Alla Parmiggiana, Burrata Ravioli in Burnt Butter and Sage Chili Caramel Basa with Wilted Spinach and Wok Tossed Noodles. Again those of you who read the blog regularly know my absolute love for fish, that is the one thing I try on every menu in almost every part of the world and trust me when I say, I wasn’t disappointed one bit. Finally for dessert we had a huge variety to choose from; Red wine Poached Fig and Apricot Crumble, Hot Chocolate Foam with a Rum Granita and Chocolate Marquise, ending with Cavalli chocolates. Available in eleven delicious flavours of Walnut, Peanuts, Dark Gianduja, Coconut and Vanilla, Crunchy Almond Praline, Coffee, Cinnamon, Gianduja, Almonds and Hazelnuts, Mint, Chili Pepper, the chcolates truly exude the Roberto Cavalli experience.
Cavalli Cafe, www.stylecity.in
So the next time you want to dress up pretty, have a great cocktail and some delicious food, or even step out for a cup of coffee with your girlfriend, you know what we recommend and trust me you wont be disappointed.
For reservations:+91 11 46950000