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20150731eh47What’s happening in Mumbai’s hotels? A peek into the party circuit and events in the city… By Marcellus Baptista


Brew for you

Suchitra Pillai and Narayani Shastri at the launch of Brewbot Eatery & Pub Brewery

An exclusive microbrewery came to town with the launch of Brewbot Eatery & Pub Brewery. The cheer was on at the party to encourage guests to sample the freshly-brewed beer. On offer was a variety of in-house craft beers created by international award-winning brewer Julie Bagget. Conceptualised and founded by Ketan Gohel, Anand Morwani and Ansh Seth, the launch party co-hosted by Suchitra Pillai saw the likes of Shruti Haasan, Rajneesh Duggal, Shruti Seth, Gauri Pradhan, Manasi Scott, Sandhya Mridul, Shveta Salve, Shibani Kashyap. Narayani Shastri and Vikram Raizada. The funky and quirky interior, designed by Ayaz Basrai of The Busride Project, was much admired as were the brews with signature tastes, aroma and identity, complemented by some fantastic food.

Take a bao!

Shriya Saran at the launch of The Fatty Bao

Foodies were in for a treat as The Fatty Bao, the Asian dining and fun bar experience that has been a hit in Bengaluru, came to Mumbai. There were two celebratory evenings, hosted by Sabina and A D Singh, MD, Olive Bar and Kitchen along with chef Manu Chandra and Chetan Rampal, both partners of The Fatty Bao. Guests relished the delicious baos, pork belly, brie tempura, dim sums as also the signature cocktails like Bora? Bora, Mickey Ninja and Fatty Sour. The interiors designed by Anshu Arora with Ayeshe Sadr and Ishaan Dasgupta of 211 Studio contributing to the joyful art on the walls were much appreciated. The arches framed almost all private dining spaces and created cozy nooks, yet maintained a visual connect with the main space. Neha Dhupia, Rahul Bose, Eli Avram, Simone Singh, and others were there.

Raising the bar

Alfonso Del Portillo at the Diageo Reserve World Class at China House

Shaking and stirring up the action at China House were 20 mixologists competing in the seventh edition of the Diageo Reserve World Class. Alfonso Del Portillo from Drinks on MG, Bangalore, adjudged India Bartender of the Year, will represent India and compete with the world’s best bartenders at the Diageo Reserve World Class Global Finals in Cape Town in September. Runner-up Bensan Varghese from Arola, JW Marriott, Mumbai and second runner-up Mayur Marne from Hakkasan, Mumbai were also impressive. The top 20 bartenders were judged by Bhavesh Somaya, Head of Luxury, United Spirits Ltd, Will Thompson, Global Brand Ambassador, Don Julio, Alex Sanchez, Executive Chef, The Table, Zbigniew Zapert, Reserve Brand Ambassador India and Nicholas Ord, Reserve Brand Ambassador India.

Daddy dearest

John Abraham, Bhavesh Somaya, Abraham John and Boman Irani at the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Date with Dad night at Taj Lands End

The smooth and mellow Johnnie Walker Blue Label with its rounded nose and dry smokiness was happily sipped at the Johnnie Walker Blue Label #DateWithDad night at Taj Lands End. This splendid soiree to celebrate a father’s unmatched guidance and inspirational role in an individual’s life saw actor-producer John Abraham present a fitting tribute to his father Abraham John as they came together for the unique campaign. Moderating the proceedings with finesse was Boman Irani. And as part of the Johnnie Walker Blue Label #DateWithDad campaign, three winners got an opportunity to dedicate a message to their father and also win goodies.


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