What’s happening in Mumbai’s hotels? A peek into the party circuit and events in the city… By Marcellus Baptista
Fine with wine
Ajit Balgi and Arzooman Irani at the wine event at Long & Short
As many as 10 wines were sipped and savoured as InterContinental Marine Drive and Ace Beveragez redefined the concept of drinking wine at the fun-dining gastrobar called Long & Short. Starting with a glass of crisp Foss Marai Cardinal Treviso Extra Dry DOC, followed by a guided wine tasting by Ace Beveragez’s wine consultant Ajit Balgi, guests present had an opportunity to taste these premium wines: Adet Seward Chablis, Antares Sauvignon Blanc, Carpineto Dogajolo Bianco IGT, Argento Chardonnay, Folonari Pinot Noir IGT, Leopard’s Leap Look Out Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Cinsaut, Argento Malbec, Michele Chairlo Barolo DOCG and, finally, the sparkling Drappier Caret d’Or Brut. The specially crafted menu by the hotel’s executive chef Arzooman Irani completed the good life picture.
Kamal Sidhu at the Stylecracker soiree at the race course
Food and beverage players had a chance to shine at the VIP hospitality arena at the Zavaray Poonawalla evening races to witness the Stylecracker Triple Stakes at the Royal Western Indian Turf Club at the racecourse. This splendid soiree, hosted by Chaiti Narula for Dhimaan Shah, Archana Walwankar and Tia Paranjpe, was a buzz with guests living it up with the choice of drinks, bites and cigars. Aspri Spirits was there with its offer of Skyy vodka cocktails and Nederburg wines. Also on offer was Kingfisher Ultra beer, Rio sparkling wines and Turning Point sangrias in two variants. Herbal tea infusions and cognac infused cigars added to the flavour of the evening.
Zorawar and Dildeep Kalra at the launch of Farzi Cafe
Foodies were ecstatic at the opening of Farzi Café at Kamala Mills compound in Lower Parel. It was time for creative cocktails and fabulous food with hosts Dildeep and Zorawar Kalra. You heard that Farzi Café was born out of a sheer passion for Indian food while aiming to showcase its robustness, thereby bringing it back ‘in-vogue.’ Conceptualised for the modern-day diner, it is said to be a place of many moods and energies that are in a constant whirlwind with one another. Farzi Café re-defines Indian cuisine where culinary art meets the alchemy of modern presentation and cooking techniques like molecular gastronomy. The interior takes inspiration from Rajasthani jali work while combining it with 3D spatial mapping, seamlessly imbibing modern day technology with ancient day architecture. And one of the USPs of the design is its ability to reconfigure the table layout.
Riyaaz Amlani, Shah Rukh Khan and Kiran Amlani at Capital Social
It was a Bollywood blast at the celebration of the launch of Capital Social, hosted by Riyaaz Amlani and Cineyug. This one at BKC, the fifth outpost of Social in Mumbai and the 10th in India in a little over two years, signalled the bottomless appetite for ‘the second space’ that mixes business and pleasure, as pioneered by Social. Shah Rukh Khan, the Morani family, Varun Dhawan, Juhi Chawla, Esha Gupta, Sachin Joshi, Shriya Saran, Gautam Gulati and Narayani Shastri among many relished the Double Grilled Naga Chilli Cheese Toast, Gunpowder Calamari, Tikka Tacos, Goan Choriz Pao, China Boxes, Biryani, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Layer Cake Two among other delights. And besides the regular drinks, the Loaded Goti Soda menu and Communist-inspired drinks were a blockbuster hit.