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




Dish fulfilment

Queenie Singh and Madhoo Shah

Foodies rejoiced at the opening of Ostaad, the Central Asian cuisine restaurant, brought to you by Neeti and Pranay Goel. Thoroughly enjoying the many dishes from Balochistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, etc., on the opening night, were guests like Avanti and Yash Birla, Monisha Jaisingh, Laila and Farhan Furniturewala, Sandhya Shetty, Poonam Dhillon and Rhea Pillai. The guests could see that the interiors of Ostaad, designed by Zara Eisa and Rohan Poojara, had a contemporary and luxurious vibe as they learned that the core team comprises three head chefs and an expat chef from Afghanistan. Ostaad has an in- house Sufi singer from Afghanistan with Sufi nights offered every Friday. And besides the fabulous food, guests can choose their pick of drinks that are ingredient-based and light like Iranian berry sangria, dates and cheese martini and the Ishtafan rose which is a mix of botanicals, pistachios and rose water in happy harmony with gin.

Cup of joy

Nivedita Saboo, Zoya Afroz & models

It was a trendy tale of speed and sport, style and sophistication as St. Regis hosted the third edition of the Millionaire Asia Polo Cup at the Amateur Riders’ Club (ARC) ground at the racecourse. Presented by Jeep, this exclusive event saw Chile as the winner in the game with ARC India. After the fast-paced polo game, it was time for a fashion feast from celebrated couturier Nivedita Saboo who showed off her spring/summer collection. Witnessed across the 300-feet-long ramp were prêt and couture creations with detail-intensive crafts like global surface ornamentation techniques, pattern making, layering, quilting, and pleating. Pastel hues, jewel tones, and metallics highlighted the chic collection. The evening continued with a splashy sundowner with mesmerising music by the Bangalore-based band Fernandes Fusion. Guests lived it up with Mumm’s champagne and Johnnie Walker Black Label among other luxury spirits, complemented by tasty cuisine from St. Regis.

Timeless treasures

Nitin Dossa, Viveck Goenka & Biswajit Chakraborty

The old and the beautiful was what it was at the Vintage & Classic Car Rally 2019 brunch at Sofitel Mumbai BKC. Enfolding before your eyes was the spectacular sight of timeless treasures at the event hosted by Jayesh Shah, chairman, Shree Naman Group and Biswajit Chakraborty, GM, Sofitel Mumbai BKC. Making their presence felt was Ratan Tata, Indian industrialist and chairman emeritus of Tata Sons, among many others. More than 150 of the very best classic and vintage cars and motorbikes were on display at Hriday, the sprawling open-air venue of the hotel. Sula wines and Kingfisher beer kept you cool on the hot Sunday. A tasty buffet also awaited the guests. Music by Reena Vaz and Lindsay Pitter pepped up the mood. Incidentally, Sofitel Mumbai BKC, the hotel known to redefine luxury, offers a year-round display of magnificent vintage and classic cars at its front porch.

Knight out!

Monica Dogra & Shibani Dandekar

It was very breezy out there at the seaside lawn of Taj Lands End, the wonderful venue for the Knight Frank Wealth Report 2019 celebration, hosted by Sadhana and Shishir Baijal, chairman and MD, Knight Frank India. Alistair Elliott, senior partner and group chairman and Lord Andrew Hay, partner and head of global residential of Knight Frank were there.
Pulsating percussionist Sivamani won the hearts of the audience as did the fabulous fashion from Payal Singhal who showcased a capsule collection for summer weddings. Showstoppers included Shibani Dandekar in an oyster grey georgette lehenga and choli embroidered in folk ikat and ancient Turkish patterns with tassels and tie-ups and Monica Dogra in a periwinkle blue organza lehenga and choli with hand embroidered multi-colour Turkish and ikat motifs in beads and thread with tassels and tie-ups. The drink of choice was Chivas 18 and a delightful sit-down dinner completed the affair.



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