What’s happening in Mumbai’s hotels? A peek into the party circuit and events in the city… By Marcellus Baptista
(Caption: Shefali Jariwala, Nihit Srivastava and Ronak Rawal at the launch of Ruka lounge)
It was all very trendy at the launch of Ruka lounge at Ruka Japanese restaurant. Ronak Rawal and Nihit Srivastava, directors India, Ramee Group of Hotels, Resorts & Apartments were there to warmly welcome the many guests. Guests gathered that they could unwind over premium drinks, molecular cocktails, bite-sized eats, eclectic music and an amazing ambiance. Sunidhi Chauhan, Shefali Jariwala, Sayoni Gupta, Smilie Suri, Terence Lewis, Aditya Narayan, Vikas Bhalla, Siddharth Anand, Chetan and Lavinia Hansraj and Nisha Rawal among many more were there. Mixologists showcased elements of science and art at the tables with the use of gels, air foaming, dehydration and layering with vacuum sealers, blowtorches, nitrogen guns and more. Doing the rounds were small bites, sushi and sashimi and more with a contemporary take on Japanese cuisine.
(Caption: Zorawar and Dildeep Kalra at the launch of MasalaBar)
Carter Road took on a more cheerful mood as MasalaBar was launched by Massive Restaurants. Guests experienced a mixological evolution through handcrafted signature beverages and a scientific laboratory operation, featuring post-modern techniques. Post-sundown the place is illuminated with candles with magnifying lenses installed on the windows, making the sea seem closer. Hosts Dildeep and Zorawar Kalra were there on launch evening to enlighten the guests about the idea behind the concept – to create a distinctive, idiosyncratic, quirky and eccentric environment showcasing the entire brand concept, which also percolates down to its every aspect, from logo to brand design, warm interiors to the modernist laboratory styled signature beverage and tapas-styled and other contemporary food.
(Caption: Jackie Matai and Dave Wilson at the Patron party at Olive)
It was tequila high as Aspri Spirits hosted a cocktail evening in honour of Dave Wilson, global chief operating officer, Patrón International, at Olive Bar & Kitchen. Living it up were Rohit Roy, Shibani Kashyap, Vicky Ratnani, Divya Palat, Aditya Hitkari and Amy Billimoria among others. The bartender was busy mixing special cocktails like Patrón Julep, Patrón Coronado, Patrón Mango Lemonade, XO Prediction, Cocoa & Cream and Sweet Dreams. The talk was on Patrón tequila, the ultra-premium luxury spirit handmade in small batches that is smooth, delicious and mixes flawlessly into any cocktail. From the highest-quality Weber Blue agave plants grown in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, to the centuries-old distillation process, to the signed, handcrafted glass bottles, Patrón is produced with unparalleled attention to detail.
(Caption: Gayatri Ruia, Romil Ratra and Atul Ruia at the launch of Nook)
Nightclub lovers were overjoyed at the opening of Nook, the newest nightclub in town, located at Phoenix Marketcity, the first nightclub offering by Bellona Hospitality. The ethos, you learnt, is ‘Carpe Noctem’ or ‘Seize the Night’ that draws inspiration from the secrets and mysteries of the night – with influences of the owl, a starry night, a lake drenched in moonbeams, dark forests, symbols and incantations and secret messages. At the opening party, hosted by Nook’s founders Atul Ruia and Romil Ratra, guests enjoyed the sleek club experience with cutting-edge sound technology, design and playlist. They loved the look of the private cocoons surrounded by chains. Two of the eight ‘nooks’ come with a private built-in bar and personal butler, further heightening the experience of personalised bespoke service. The leading operations team at Nook comprise veterans in the nightclub and hospitality world – Romil Ratra, Ritik Bhasin, Sunny Sara and Samir Chhabria.