Rumbar- For The Tropical Twist

New Delhi’s  Hauz Khas Village is undoubtedly a colourful and buzzing place but for me, there are only a handful places where I would like to go more than just once- simply because these places stand-out for their quality and identity. I have recently been immensely impressed by a place which though not so old, made for a full-house on a Friday night and where people from all age groups where seeming to have a gala time. Yes peeps, the wait and suspense ends here. I am talking about the Rumbar, I reckon it is a kind of a  Caribbean retreat amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, where rum, food and live music are taken as religion.

The place nowhere shows any desperation to try and ape an established name in the vicinity, instead it has a distinctive character of it’s own.The interiors are quite simple but welcoming.  And the owners are quite happy that their guests feel quite at home when at Rumbar.

The story behind this beauty of a place is worth mentioning. The place is owned and managed by two French gentlemen passionate about Creole food and music. The idea for Rumbar, came into being after the success of the famed “Rose Aepritifs” which hosted Afrobeats live acts every Saturday night at The Rose – a charming bed and breakfast cum art gallery tucked away in the interiors of Hauz Khas Village. It is an extension of that passion – a love for the tropical beat, where mixed cultures come together under one roof.

The menu here would get your taste buds instantly excited. And believe me, you would have a sudden urge to try just about everything on offer. I  had quite a worthy meal during my first visit. To begin with, we ordered Accras Antillais which are Cod Fish Fritters that came with some salad and salsa(their salsa is so so good, that you would keep asking for a repeat). Also, a vegetarian dish was added to the table as next came the Green Papaya Gratin.  With a tasteful commencement to our outing, I was quite looking forward to the main course. Boys and Girls, I have to share that their homemade Ravioli is  one of the lightest I have ever had. Also, if you are a Risotto lover, there is no way that you can give it a miss here.

And for those who would like to take it further, worry not- there and burgers and sandwiches as well.

The dessert offerings are also rather tempting. We opted for their Fruit Burger. Yes, you read it right 🙂 The dish has got crunchy biscuits with layers of caramelized apples and fried mashed bananas, then the basil and strawberries add the punch and twist to this divine delicacy.

It is one of those happy places which lifts you higher after a packed day of running around. I certainly would want to be a regular for everything is how I would like it to be- the food, the decor and the music-I just loved it all.

Wishing happiness,

Sonali

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London Calling By Global Desi

That`s what we call an Indo-English mix. Global Desi`s new collection called `London Calling´, is rainbow like vibrant and electrifying with bohemian inspired cuts and silhouettes. The spirit of the collection is urbane and Indian. It is for the girl who loves travelling and exploring and while doing that, she carries her country`s essence with her.
The campaign for the collection offers a peak in the old school streets of London with the bright clothes sparkling in front. The collection offers sporty-luxe silhouettes, like bomber jackets, culottes, skirts, dungarees, and a range of comfortable knits and denims, in bold pops of colours like, blue, red, purple, pink, with undertones of white and black which reflect the city’s cosmopolitan tone.

Available at all Global Desi outlets and major multibrand stores.
Price- 1299 INR onwards

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Very Social

There are few ideas and concepts which you just cannot resist from sharing. One such phenomenon which requires urgent attention for its WOW factor is called Social, situated in the locales of the hip and happening- Hauz Khas Village.  The best thing I felt about of this new outfit is that it blesses you with umpteen jaw-dropping moments. Every time you digest one novel idea, another one pops up soon after!

The raw décor, quirky drinks-deconstructed dishes (still mulling over the fact that my Cosmopolitan Cocktail came with Candy Floss) and a breath-taking view in the backdrop- all this makes for a sensational release.

Screw Social Driver

Social Quarters

Coke & Cane

Not just the drinks but food is as quirky too…

OMG Burger

Jalapeno Mac & Cheese with Parmesan Crust

For people like me who like to work in a rather exciting setting, how about booking their conference room facing the very popular HKV Lake? It’s also the land of the free (lancer) and home of creative souls looking for an exhilarating alternative to a typical work day. Social has it all to make for an ideal work space- a boardroom, wall-space, conference facilities, wall-to-wall uber high-speed WiFi and built-in social interaction.

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And as the time comes to switch-off the work channel, the place quickly changes gear to becoming a high energy bar. Drinks after work, never came so easily!

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Here is saluting all the minds for kick-starting a trend refreshingly different. Riyaaz Amlani, CEO & MD, Impresario Handmade Restaurants says “Coffee shops and cafes have been projected as your “Third Place”, a place away from home and your work/college. With Social, for the very first time in restaurant history we have introduced the Second Place concept, a place where you can both work and play.”

This is one of those rare places, where I want to talk less and want you to see more as seeing more would eventually want you to experience it all the more.

Hours: 9 am to 1 am

Address: 9A &12, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi – 110016.



 

Here Comes Svedka!

“I love Sweden. The entire world should be like Sweden. They all like to drink and get naked, and the women are hot. I can’t think of a better nation on the planet”  -Drew Curtis

In Mr. Curtis´words, Sweden seems like the place that defines `Free-Spirited´. Well, for those of us in India who can`t travel to Sweden at the moment can get a sense of that informality and openness with the newly launched vodka- SVEDKA. The unveiling of the chic Sweden Vodka was done with a super bash at FIO hosted by Suhail Mehra, Prateek Jain and Gautam Seth. The vodka that boasts of being distilled 5 times looks pretty like this and comes in different flavours.

For many of us who might not know, it is pronounced as SWA-EKA 😉

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The soiree saw plenty of elites, socialites and party regulars from Delhi such as Rohit Bal, Rakesh Aggarwal, Rohit Gandhi, Gauri-Nainika Karan, Gunjita Dhawan, Anita Bhattal, Vikrum Baidyanath, Sujata Assomull, Rakesh Thakore, Gautam Kalra, Rahul khanna and Neha Nagar amongst others.

The management which included of Jake Jacob, Vice President Asia, Constellation Brands, Rohit Mehra, Managing Director At Mohan Brothers Pvt. Ltd. Suhail Mehra, Executive Director At Mohan Brothers Pvt. Ltd commented “It is our endeavor to help redefine the beverage industry and hence this new product also we are very pleased to infuse new colors and tastes in the Indian market through introducing SVEDKA to Indian market. We hope to bring in a refreshing and vibrant change for the existing vodka aficionados”.

Here is a glimpse of the party…

Joe Milner , Jake Jacob

Joe Milner , Jake Jacob

Anjali Kothari, Gautam Rakha

Anjali Kothari, Gautam Rakha

Sujata Assomull, Rakesh Thakore with a friend

Sujata Assomull, Rakesh Thakore with a friend

Siddartha Tytler, Gunjita Dhawan, Bharti Bhalla

Siddartha Tytler, Gunjita Dhawan, Bharti Bhalla

Anand Bhushan, Prateek Jain

Anand Bhushan, Prateek Jain

Prateek Jain, Suhail Mehra, Gautam Seth

Prateek Jain, Suhail Mehra, Gautam Seth

Vikrum Baidyanath, Sujata Assomull, Rakesh Aggarwal

Vikrum Baidyanath, Sujata Assomull, Rakesh Aggarwal

Gautam Seth, Nainika Karan, Rakesh, Aggarwal, Gauri Karan, Prateek Jain

Gautam Seth, Nainika Karan, Rakesh Aggarwal, Gauri Karan, Prateek Jain

Magandeep Singh and Jake Jacob

Magandeep Singh and Jake Jacob

Rohit Bal with Rohit Gandi

Rohit Bal with Rohit Gandhi  

                                                      What I wore: 

I wore a sheer black shirt with pleated pants and was accompanied by this pretty girl in orange pumps called Kantika Gupta.

I wore a sheer black shirt with pleated pants and was accompanied by this pretty girl in orange pumps called Kantika Gupta.