What’s happening in Mumbai’s hotels? A peek into the party circuit and events in the city… By Marcellus Baptista
Spreading its wings
Tap restobar spread its wings with the launch of a sprawling 14,000 sq ft outlet in Times Square at Marol Metro. The official grand opening also saw the grand opening of the Karaoke World Championship India. Hosts Shriya Tamang of Tap and karaoke presenter and master of ceremonies Savio D’Sa were there along with guests like Lesle Lewis, Vikas Bhalla, Jimmy Felix and Sumeet Sachdeva who performed along with the karaoke singers. Meanwhile, Sandip Soparrkar dazzled with his dance moves along with other dancers. Seen on opening night were Manoj Muntashir, Alesia Raut, Dalip Tahil, Dilzan Wadia, Kavitta Verma, Bharat and Dorris Godambe. And the musical medley continued after a few days with celebrated musician Lesle Lewis performing along with his band. Yes, the ‘Bollywood Badshah’ concert was highly appreciated.
What you witnessed was a musical start at the opening of the new Rainforest restobar at High Street Phoenix. Manasi Scott entertained the packed house with renditions of a few tracks from her upcoming music album and also other popular songs. Thrilled to be there were the likes of Kim Sharma, Amit Sadh, Zaheer Khan, Mandira Bedi, Madhoo Shah, Kushal Punjabi, Nisha Harale and Aparna Badlani among others. Rainforest at Phoenix Marketcity in Mumbai and Pune, R City mall in Ghatkopar and CBD Belapur is noted for an array of Indian, Italian and Chinese cuisine and this was very much present in its new outlet. They say that here you can enjoy a fine-dining experience or a casual night out. Pleased as punch on opening night were Rainforest restobar founders and directors Yash Jaiswal, Anshul Agrawal and Rohan Abbott.
The Social success story continued with the opening of Fun Republic Social, the 12th Social nationwide. Stepping into this outlet in Andheri, one caught the tongue-in-cheek take on tinsel town with an over-the-top Hindi soap opera set inspired by its proximity to TV and movie studios. Patterned floral fabric wallpaper, mirrors on the ceiling, curtained stages, stained glass booth dividers, antique-market inspired furniture, faux baroque and plastic flower pots were part of the décor. Host Riyaaz Amlani warmly welcomed the many guests while his wife Kiran mesmerised the crowd with her repertoire of songs sung with power and passion. Doing the rounds on opening night were comfort café fare with a twist and cocktails with names like Mick Jaggery, Blueberry Julep, Thai Maalish, Chatkara, Moonshine, Shimla Mirch Martini, Tadi Colada, Bob’s Bong and Long & Strong Punch.
The cheerful look of Mirabella Bar & Kitchen, the quaint European – style cafe in Andheri, enraptured the guests on its launch day. Hosts Swaraaj Kapoor, Suved Lohia and Dharmesh Karmokar were there from afternoon to night on opening day. The new-age affordable yet evolved culinary experience was appreciated among guests who enjoyed the various drinks and fantastic food that included pizzas and fish fry. Sohail Khan, Sushant Singh Rajput, Rajkumar Rao, Abhishek Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor, Siddhant Kapoor, Rajeev Khandelwal, Sudhir Mishra, Arjan Bajwa, Manasi Scott, Mugdha Godse, Dino Morea, Neetu Chandra, Rashmi Nigam, Shibani Kashyap, Niharika Bhasin Khan, Pooja Gaurr, Krystle D’Souza, Simran Kaur Mundi, Sonali Sehgal, Karishma Sakrani, Candice Pinto, Shamita Singha, Kubra Sait and Rhea Chakraborty were among the many guests.