Riyaz Amlani’s all day café and bar makes you chuckle right from the time you set foot here. A cycle at the entrance, inverted fan, old Ambassador car seat, swings, booze bottles suspended from the ceiling and hashtags everywhere – Social warms your heart.
If you dig a slice of heritage and a piece of history, Fort Jadhavgadh in Pune is one vacation you just can’t miss. An impressive heritage property the 18 century fort makes you connect instinctively to its royal legacy and fascinating past. Throw in a scenic drive from Mumbai and the luxuries of today and what you have is a perfect holiday.
The Deltin at Daman is a perfect getaway for Mumbaikars craving a ‘Goaesque’ weekend minus the flight. The long drive to Daman (180km from Mumbai) sets the tone for the languorous agenda ahead. There are no dramatic elements en route here; just gently curving roads and sea-scented air. Daman is a union territory just 15 km from Vapi, a border town on Gujarat-Maharashtra Border. But don’t worry. It’s not dry. In fact this luxury resort hosts the largest casino in India which will be operational very soon.
The rooms are luxurious with high ceiling, four poster beds, wooden flooring and sunken, white bathtubs. Lounging in the private balcony overlooking the palm fringed pool with your favourite cuppa is one of the most alluring experiences at The Deltin.
What To Do: There’s more to do at Deltin than float lazily in the pool; get your shots at the billiards table, head out to explore the forts nearby or spend an evening just walking barefoot on Devka beach. After all this exercise, recoup with a deep-tissue massage at the Deltin spa. What better way to round off the day than with fine whisky at the sexy bar titled Whiskys. While there try the whiskys infused with fruits and spices.
The arch shaped restaurant – Emperor serves the yummiest bamboo shoot and noodle soup, lamb chops dunked in black pepper sauce and Mango tapioca shot. The Deltin delivers the luxury that city-slickers are always longing for: solitude à deux.
Cost: Rs 20,000 for two nights three days with all meals.
How to get there: Deltin is 189 kms from Mumbai via Mumbai-Ahmedabad NH8 and takes approx 3 hours. Vapi, the nearest Railhead is 12kms away.
Address: Varkund, Nani Daman (UT) – 396210. Tel: +91 260 6699999
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The space is simple yet pleasant with bare bulbs hanging from the ceiling, exposed air-conditioning ducts, warm wooden flooring and two plasma screens. Get there before 10 pm to avoid jostling with the crowd and head straight for the alfresco area if you want to avoid screaming through the high decibel levels.
What’s Hot: It’s the food that steals the show at Treesome. I tried the Jolly Goan –perfectly spiced sausages served with small buns on a grey slate. Can a funky café do justice to the quintessential Mumbai street food Kheema Pav? Thankfully Treesome does.
The mutton mince is so moist and creamy that it just melts in the mouth. Butter chicken risotto may sound like an unholy matrimony but it does a jig on the tongue. The silky smooth Arborio rice is flecked with chicken and accompanied by grilled chicken on the side. I also enjoyed the Chicken Gangnam Style which is skewered chicken served in a tapri chai glass along with honey chili dip. The man behind the funky preparations is Chef Rohan D’souza who’s trained under British celebrity chef Marco Pierre White. The menu also includes pizza, burgers, mains and a whole lot of funk.
Those looking for spirited indulgences can go for the Cucumber Cooler where the vodka finds itself muddled with sugar, lime, mint leaves and fresh cucumber. Want something chatpata? Try the tequila based Guava Twist which get’s a wicked kick from the Worchester sauce and Tabasco.
What’s not: I like soft lighting but I don’t want to bring a miner’s hat to read the menu! Can we have more lights please?
By the way the café gets its name from the fig tree outside…what did you think?
The Treesome Cafe
Jewel Shopping Centre, Next to WTF!, Seven Bungalows, Versova. Andheri (West). Tel: 022 2636 5554
Cuisine: Mumbai local and Fusion
Meal for two: 1500-2000
By Nivedita Jayaram Pawar
Celebrity hair stylist Sapna Bhavnani’s Bandra apartment is very much like her – quirky and in your face. The bachelor pad juxtaposes rugged industrial elements with lots of greens. I recently got a tour of the eclectic space for my fortnightly feature in Hindustan Times.
The studio style apartment reflects her love for nature and ‘do it yourself,’ concept. Adorned with pieces designed and built by the stylist herself the one bedroom home is a green oasis in a concrete jungle. A mannequin adorned with creepers takes centre stage in the living room, solar lights brighten up the balcony, old shoes hold plants and books act like book shelves in this nature inspired house. A perfect and intimate space for a maverick stylist and her three cats.
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By Nivedita Jayaram Pawar
A restaurant with a gorgeous view can take a dining experience from mediocre to magnificent: giving it that lift that makes it a memorable meal. Looking out over Mumbai’s silhouette, the glittering skyline and cloud-grazing buildings is Mekong, at Palladium Hotel, Mumbai. A meal here remains memorable long after your plate is cleared.