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,

“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,

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,  Hauz Khas, Social,

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

Healthy earth is a Happy earth

I attended the “Green Luncheon” at The Imperial Hotel today, which was in honour of the environment day and to share the initiative undertaken by the hotel for reducing carbon foot prints, recycling waste materials, waste management and energy conservation. I think it is great for the hospitality industry to be taking interest in environmental concerns and for the government to enforce a few laws to make this compulsory. Even though most people feel this should have happened ages back, I feel even now a small step by us will go in a long way to ensure a healthier future for the earth. Here are some steps taken by the Imperial hotel which I feel we too can try to incorporate in our lives.

Environment Day

Steps towards effective waste management
The Imperial uses recycled waste water for gardening. Apart from that they send waste food to piggery farms / NGOs and waste oil for recycling. They hope to install an organic waste composter which will convert the organic waste to manure. This will in turn also reduce carbon emission in the environment.
Alternative energy sources in the property
They use CFL lamps, occupancy sensor light controls ( in locker rooms), energy  saver cards for guest rooms, variable frequency drive motors and timers for building lights, rain water harvesting and fresh air units for alternative energy resources. Besides which they have dual flushing system in toilets, bio blocks for urinals and self closing taps in staff toilets.They recently inaugurated solar panels for heating water in guest rooms which is extremely efficient in saving energy, emits less carbon and thereby is environment friendly.
Measures towards electricity conservation
The Imperial has undertaken conservation of electricity by switching off lights in common areas when not in use. They also reduce the numbers of lights consumption of electricity during night hours in the corridors etc. Earth Hour is followed every week where in lights are switched off in many areas for one hour.
Eco friendly amenities
The Imperial provides natural products like herbal soaps and use eco-friendly cleaning agents. They also encourage guests to contribute towards the environment by not requesting for change of towel and linen, if not required.
Practices towards sourcing local/organic food ingredients?
They source local food from select retailers. Organic food sourcing is in the process of implementation.

I think by following these simple steps, we too can reduce carbon footprints in our lives and make the world a better place for our future generations. I for one try to not take my car out as much as possible. I walk if its short distance, take public transport wherever possible and if it is a bunch of us going; carpool. If I am staying at a Hotel I always reuse my towels and sheets and encourage my companions not to put theirs for a wash daily. Finally, I don’t run the AC 24 hours. I switch it off every couple of hours just to give the electricity a break from running constantly. What are your green initiative that you have or plan to incorporate in your life? Do let me know in the comments below so I can get some ideas and we can start a healthier relationship with Earth.