Here are two new hot spots in Delhi and Bangalore you should definitely check out.
The Forbidden City
The price you pay: Rs 2,500 for a couple
Open from: 12 noon to 12 pm
THE CHILL FACTOR: It’s the new place in town to be seen in. FC is a four-in-one concept housing a bar, restaurant, a supper club and an art gallery. The place has loads of Chinese artefacts and paintings to take you back in time. The grand entrance, flanked by towering terracotta warriors, welcomes you into the world of Madame Butterfly and her Bar SaVanh. AlFresco is where you can lounge in luxurious long sofas and chill to down-tempo grooves. The restaurant, Madame Butterfly, serves modern Chinese cuisine originating from Indo-China with beautiful red chandeliers to give you the feeling of opulence. Bar SaVanh, with seven imposing soldiers over the bar area and a log table in the middle of the room, provides a sensuous ambience for socialising with a touch of class.
MUST TRY: Double Element Chicken, Imperial Banquet Tenderloin, house roast duck, Thai curry and, of course, the Forbidden City Platter, which is for four people
The price you pay: Rs 3,000 for a couple
Open from: 12 noon to 11.30 pm
THE CHILL FACTOR: Looking for somewhere new and unique to hang out in Bangalore? Your best bet could be Cohiba Club—a cigar lounge and Latino food joint on Church Street, which is fastbecoming the place to be seen for the city’s swish set. A first time venture by rubber planter Ranjith Kuruvilla, visitors get to sample a wide variety of cigars (not just from Cuba), and grab a bite of Cuban-style roasted fish with avocado here. Kuruvilla has given a lot of thought to the interiors. There are pictures of famous cigar smokers (ranging from Cuba’s own Fidel Castro to Hollywood star Demi Moore) adorning the walls. Vintage car pictures, Che’s Motorcycle Diaries and a curious combination of light and colours attempt to give guests a little piece of Havana. This set-up is complemented by a full list of malts and other whiskies, along with a rather unexpected food menu. “We didn’t want to repeat the menu and ambience of existing lounges and pubs,” says Kuruvilla. Instead, you can sample Serano ham and Manchego Cheese Crostini or saffron-flavoured stuffed pancakes as you puff away on your favourite cigar ranging from a Davidoff Demitasse for a paltry Rs 175 or a staggering Rs 16,000 for a Trinidad Havana.
MUST TRY: Cuban-style roasted fish with avocado and Manchego Cheese Crostini
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