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??).

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

Luxe and Stylish: AM:PM, Palladium, Mumbai

Expanding their reach in Mumbai, AM:PM has launched its brand new store at the luxury destination – The Palladium.

AM:PM Palldium Store, www.stylecity.in

The store echoes the label’s aesthetic, a showcase of elegant simplicity, which on further discovery brings to foray many subtle and surprising details. Statement elements like fluidic-cork furniture, miniature motifs on the floor and Parisian panels, beautifully etch out the nuances of the store.Elements seamlessly flow into one another, bringing together each of these eclectic and diverse facets together in a cohesive look.Imbibing the brand language that marries European aesthetics with Indian sensibilities, the colors palate is of ivory, black and shades of grey.

AM:PM Palldium Store, www.stylecity.in

AM:PM Palldium Store, www.stylecity.in

The relaxed vibe of the store is set to ensure a comfortable and gratifying experience, just like with the clothes.
Store Address: T-11A, 3rd Floor, Palladium Mall, Mumbai

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

Store Watch: The Big Door

To every fortress, there is The Big Door!
Aptly named, the recently launched store in Mumbai infuses the best of Indian jewellery, handcrafted home decor and heritage collectibles; The Big Door is an effort to make art and grandeur a part of your life. Spread across an area of 7500 sq. ft., each piece here is created exclusively and can be customized. And while the jewellery and interiors transport you to a richness of the Indian past, you will find that these magnificent pieces of art don’t demand atrocious prices and at the same time retain the desired value. Presented by Vivek Gupta and Sunita Gupta, a couple with a love for Indian heritage products, the store is located at the foot of Pali Hill and has been founded through the guidance and support of Sheeldhar Pande and Alok Mantri, promoters of Lifetime Group.

the big door, www.stylecity.in

The Big Door will house Mughal, Nizam and Rajput inspired jewellery from Ravi Jewels, Jaipur. Ravi Jewels is eponymously named after Ravi Ajmera, who hails from a family that has over three generations of experience in the craft of fine jewellery. Ranging from precious and semi-precious jewellery, set in gold, silver and silver- gold plated metal, to Victorian, polkis and jadau pieces, each of these mesmerizing creations is unique and design oriented. Extend your style statement to your abode, by visiting the interiors section of The Big Door! Each creation is a conversation piece sourced from all across the country and is the product of the aesthetic sensibility of Hemant Periwal who established Mayur Arts in Udaipur. Every home will have a story to tell when adorned with pure silver furniture inspired from the Raj period, marble fountains and jalis, traditional pichwai from Rajasthan, bronze work from South India, Persian calligraphic fauna, antiques and intricate woodwork. At The Big Door, you can have anything that your heart desires – even the ceiling with mirror-work and miniatures can be yours!

The Big Door, www.stylecity.in

The Big Door, www.stylecity.in

The significance of The Big Door harks back to the idea of an auspicious passage into a fortress, in this case a fortress of beauty. The logo for The Big Door is a blend of Indian motifs and is called The Conchflower. The Conchflower is inspired by the first greeting of welcome in any Indian household – the rangoli. Within its curves are the auspicious conch and a swastika.The collector’s items at The Big Door weave hidden tales, just like the logo. Let the designs do the talking as you indulge in some opulence. Look out for this brand new store in Khar and experience the richness of Indian heritage right at your doorstep!

Address: The Big Door, M Square, Plot No. 246, Dr. Ambedkar Road, Opp Dr. Ambedkar Statue, Khar (West), Mumbai – 400052. Contact: 9820282836

House of Tales presents a shopping bonanza

If you are thinking of interesting Diwali gifts to buy this weekend, you need to stop by at the House of Tales, Mumbai’s first cross-disciplinary event gallery which is hosting a two day pop up store with The Home Label styled by Susanne Roshan. Scheduled on 5th October & 6th October, 2013, this shopping extravaganza will have a home décor collection hand-picked for the festive season.

His and Hers Bottle, House of Tale and The home label pop-up shop Turquoise Laundry Basket, The house of Tales and The home label pop up shop

Located at the heart of Mumbai, Kala Ghoda, House of Tales is a contemporary space and is the ultimate hub for the finest events in the city. The minimalistic look of the gallery provides a platform to host versatile events from shopping to art, restaurants to workshops. One can integrate the ambience and décor suitable to the event with the intimate space of the gallery. The collection handpicked by the Creative Director of The Home Label, Susanne Roshan, will be displayed to spruce up your place for Diwali. The collection includes impeccable designs of lamps, display art, candle stands, flower vases, lanterns and much more. Check out the Distressed Bird Cage Lanterns which can be hung or set on the coffee table and the glass hanging jars to store your knick-knacks. You can also get metal laundry baskets in bright colors like turquoise which are not only decorative but also functional. So if you are in Mumbai this weekend, you know where to go for a shopping bonanza.
Date: 5th – 6th October, 2013
Time: 11 am – 7:30 pm
Venue: House of Tales, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai
Contact: 022-22041475/www.houseoftales.org

Mumbai served on a Platter

The Imperial Culinary Club is an initiative by The Imperial hotel, New Delhi to share the finer nuances filled with secrets of what makes ‘The Imperial’ cuisine so sought after the world over. A unique and interactive platform to capture the culinary interest of cooking enthusiasts. Each session is full of exciting cuisines made either by the in-house chefs and The Imperial Senior Executive VP & GM- Vijay Wanchoo or a celebrity chef. This time embracing some of his favourite restaurants and eateries and presenting an array of delicious offerings, Michelin Chef Vikas Khanna seized the afternoon at The Imperial Culinary Club with a live cook out of vibrant dishes from Mumbai while launching his book as a tribute to the city of dreams called “Savour Mumbai”.

Michelin star chef Vikas Khanna and Mr. Vijay Wanchoo- Sr. Executive VP and GM The Imperial, www.stylecity.in

Mumbai is a unique juxtaposition of modern and traditional Indian experiences that is captured ecstatically in Vikas Khanna’s book which has an array of delicious food options: Maharastrian, Parsi, Gujarati, Konkani, street food and so much more. In this particular culinary session, Chef Vikas Khanna had even me a self-declared non-cook mesmerised. He is a great orator, reliving stories of his childhood while showcasing how to create some restaurant quality dishes in a simple manner in the comfort of our homes. The carefully selected gourmet options handpicked from distinct cuisines which find their popularity in Mumbai chosen for the live cook out included Kaju Kothambir Vadi from Maharashtra, Khubani Ka Shahi Tukda from Lucknow, Guava and cottage Cheese salad from Allahabad, Kacche kele ki Asharfi from Hyderabad and Chicken Cafreal from Goa.

kacche kele ki asharfi, www.stylecity.in Kaju Kothimbir vadi, www.stylecity.in

So if you are intrigued and cant wait to attend the next Culinary club, whether you are a foodie, a chef or simply for a different experience do try to get on board with the culinary club.
Attendance fee: Rs.2,000
Contact: Ms. Anupama Kumari
The Imperial: Tel: +91 11 23341234 Mob: 9811633395

How to prevent rape?

I loved this article by The Beauty Gypsy, which has 10 simple solutions to prevent rape. And no they don’t include carrying mace or pepper spray, banning bikini clad mannequins, as happened in Brooklyn NY or even Mumbai India.  And nope, you don’t need to wear hairy stockings like suggested in China. These suggestions of Ann Bartow, of the Pace Law School in Westchester, US are so amazing, that if followed properly I can assure you the number of rapes of females and even males in some cases will reduce drastically. So do read and all my female and male friends who agree, please hit share!

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If the above recommendations fail, I request a supreme court ruling of men not being allowed to step out on streets post 7pm without being accompanied by a woman, if that is not possible they stay where they are till it is daylight, be it in office or home, if seen in public space alone to be jailed instantly for the night. Since so much of our tax money anyway goes to take care of terrorists, am sure we can spare some for potential rapists!
As I have said before, Rapes happen because of RAPISTS not the victims, so please HIT SHARE and spread the word, how to prevent rapes.

 

Fun and Quirky- Chromakey Designs

“Designers are driven by passion. They are dreamers and are blessed with a vision for a better world – a prettier one.” Chromakey Designs is a true believer of the said. Established as a designer stationery brand in 2011, Chromakey Designs has already come a long way in the past two years.

Chromakey Designs, www.stylecity.in

Royal Enfield Lamps, Chromakey Design, www.stylecity.inBrush Hooks, Chromakey Design, www.stylecity.in

Wine Corks Coasters, Chromakey Designs, www.stylecity.in

The store is a cozy space that is splashed with white washed walls and colourful products of various shapes and sizes. The product range available at the store includes designer clocks, desk lamps, laptop sleeves and personal organizers amongst other things. The store also houses some of most exclusively designed pieces including desk lamps made out the headlight of a Royal Enfield bike, a center table made completely out of refurbished scraps of a Kelvinator refrigerator, to wall hooks made of old paint brushes. Most if not all of the products are available with an option of customization. So if you want to get someone a quirky gift or even get interesting artefacts for your own place, Chromakey is the place to head to!
Address: Chromakey: a design store, 9 Taher Mansion, Opp Yes Bank, 10-A, Napeansea
Road, Mumbai.
Tel: 022-23673081

Review: Aoi, Mumbai

Japanese food seems to be the trend, not just in India but around the world. I for one love Japanese food and have already reviewed a Japanese restaurant before and will be reviewing another soon and with pleasure. Now, the question stands, can a non-Japanese cuisine lover be converted? We sent Writer and Blogger Sohini Datta a self proclaimed Japanese cuisine hater, to review the new Japanese establishment Aoi in Bandra Mumbai.
Her verdict- well read more to find out.

Review: Aoi, Mumbai

Not everyone likes every kind of cuisine. Japanese like that is my least favourite. Well second last to be more exact, ranking just above the ugly and vicious world of boiled vegetables. Therefore, when my first review was for a Japanese restaurant, I thought it was a cosmic conspiracy.

I dragged an American friend for the same; at least someone could explain to me why one should pay to eat raw fish unless he is Robinson Crusoe deserted in an island. But then the cosmic conspiracy unfolded and ten dishes later, Japanese as a cuisine had climbed straight up the ladder of my favourite food list.

It helped, with hundreds of origami cranes floating right above and filling the ceiling; it was just about enough Japanese for a small eatery in Bandra West. Interestingly, it was a small eatery planned with smart thinking. Open kitchen, bookshelves and enough tables to make it comfortable, made Japanese cuisine a lot closer to the heart. It deconstructed the exoticness of the palate, brought it down to the neighbourhood comfort and yet left us feeling just as fresh and light after the meal at any other fancier restaurant would. This is the result of a clear vision, when you know that you do not need to compromise on anything, just because you want to make it more affordable or you have a smaller space.

Review: Aoi, Mumbai

Review; Aoi, Mumbai Review: Aoi, Mumbai

My American friend was extremely excited, she compared it with the Japanese she eats in New York and she felt it was totally better. I never thought I would fall in love with Salmon tartar, but I did. Aoi successfully converted me. We recommend Salmon Tartar Genryo, Tempura with Japanese mayo vegetables, Beef Yakitori and almost everything on the Sushi list. The new found love for sushi makes me want to go back there almost every weekend, who said raw fish was not edible?
Aoi: 1,Gloria, St Baptist Road, Near Mount Mary Steps. Tel: 022-69995000
Price: Meal for 2, Rs.2,000 minus alcohol

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Review: Trifecta, Mumbai

Every month hundreds of restaurants are born in Mumbai, and then even before you can begin to remember names they shut and are replaced by something else. Most of them are just run of a mill places with nothing exceptional to offer, the rest just can’t keep up with the original standards. So, in Mumbai more than any other place I tend to feel most sceptical about trying out new places and least of all getting attached to them. Situated conveniently on Juhu Tara road in the Hotel Royal Garden,Trifecta which has replaced Opa is the latest entrant into the Mumbai culinary scene.This multi-cuisine restaurant has neo-modern interiors with the option of either lounge style seating outside or an elegantly designed indoor area with wooden interiors.Over-all nothing extraordinary so far. All that changed once we started tasting the food.

Trifecta, www.stylecity.in

Trifecta offers a large 10 page menu with three cuisines namely North Indian, Oriental and Continental with carefully selected dishes and a large selection of cocktails. We started with cocktails namely Pina Colada and a Manhattan. The cocktails were perfect, in fact they could give the best bartenders in the city a run for their money.Then on the advice of the manager, we ordered for a Non-veg(Indian) platter which had small portions of koliwada fish, chicken kali mirch kebab, chicken pudina kebab, chicken acahri kebab, chicken reshmi, chicken tikka, fish tikka and mutton seekh kebab. The kebabs were tender and reminded us of lakhnawi kebabs which are some of the best kebab’s in the country.

Trifecta, www.stylecity.in

After that we decided to go for second round of drinks before ordering main course. Impressed by the bartender’s skills, we now were greedy and wanted more. So we ordered for a classic margarita as we continued to relish the appetizers. We then entered the major dilemma for the evening-what to order for mains from the vast menu? This time we decided to savour the continental and oriental flavours. So we called for chicken khao suey and Jamaican jerk chicken.The flavours of both was authentic and mesmerizing. So we requested to personally compliment the executive chef Mr. Sandy. Having 13 years of culinary experience under his sleeves, he informed us that the secret behind such delicious food is that they prepare most of the ingredients in-house instead of going for artificial flavours from stores. And then although we were bursting, he tempted us to try the Mousse cake and we were really glad that we did so, as it was delish! So if you are in the area we definitely recommend you to drop in and have a meal at Trifecta.

RECIPES
KHAO SUEY
Ingredients
1.70gms Fresh Onion
2.50gms Fresh Garlic
3.25gms Fresh Ginger
4.20gms Green Chilly
5.10gms Thai Ginger(Galngal)
6.10gms Basil Leaves
7.25ml Refined Oil
8.120ml Coconut Milk
9.15gms Broccalli
10.15gms Mushroom
11.15gms Babycorn
12.15gms zucchini
13.5gms Madras Cyrry powder
14.10gms Silken Tofu
15.5gms Salt

Condiments
1.10gms Fried Garlic
2.10gms Fried Onion
3.10gms Crushed peanuts
4.10gmsChilly Flakes
5.10gms Chopped Celery
6.10gms Chopped Green Chilly
7.10gms Lemon Wedages
8.10gms Chopped Coriander
9.10gms Chopped Spring Onion
10.10gms Sliced Onion

METHOD
First Of All Grind This Ingredients Like Onion, Ginger, Garlic, Green Chilly, Thai Ginger(galangal)and Make a smooth paste, then heat the pan put some oil then put few fresh basil Stair Well Add Smooth Paste Cook For Few Minutes Then Add Coconut Milk And Stair Well Until The Paste And Coconut Milk Mix Properly ,Give The Seasoning ,After That Add All Vegetable With Tofu . Garnish With Fresh Basil And Serve With Flat Rice Noodles Or Steam Rice And Condiments.