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New dos, spas, salons and places to be around town.

entertainment Updated: Aug 18, 2011 01:16 IST

L’amour Spalon

If you live in Gurgaon and your hectic schedule spares you no time and energy for separate visits to a spa and a salon in Delhi, don’t fret! Whether for a soul-soothing spa session or a quick hair styling service, L’amour spalon (spa cum salon) is the new beauty destination for those who are hard pressed for time.
Located at the third floor of DLF Crosspoint at Gurgaon, the spalon is well equipped with rejuvenation, relaxation and beauty treatments. Swati Sharad of L’amour spalon says, “We have brought a new concept with L’amour. You save a lot of time, as you can head straight to the make-up or the hair styling studio, right after a spa session.”
L’amour offers a wide range of body spas, pedicure and manicure spas, hair and beauty treatments, stimulating facials, hair designing and styling, among other salon services. The ambience of the place is quite soothing, with separate spa and facial rooms, a makeup studio, pedi-spa stations and stylish hair stations stocked with modern equipment set-ups.
All spa rooms have individual steam showers and music systems to make your spa session more personalised and comfortable. Their makeup studio specialises in bridal and party makeup. There’s an open-air terrace garden where you can indulge in a sunbathing massage session. And if you desire to avail the spa and beauty services in the comfort of your home, the spalon experts are just a call away.

L’amour Spalon
301-302, DLF Cross Point, Phase IV, Gurgaon
Tel: 0124-4387268/69, 9871665098
Priyanka Monga

City of Joy

If good Bong food in town only makes you think of the big ‘Oh’, this little, humble Calcutta should set you free from the
routine. Tucked in a neighbourhood shopping complex in Alaknanda, City of Joy welcomes you with a vibe as vibrant as Kolkata’s, and food as homely and yummy.
The giant neon boards with pictures of the Howrah bridge and Victoria Memorial welcome you to the first floor restaurant, its interiors a warm orange and furniture, cool cane. The staff is, raise eyebrows, all homeflown Bengali. “We brought them all from Kolkata so that they know their food well,” explains Shweta Sarkar Ghosh, who says it was a family idea to set up the place for the simple “thakumaar khaabaar” (grandma’s food) that they missed here.
As she chats up with the mostly regular visitors — a young couple, a big family and some friends — our orders are taken to the minutest detail, and brought in with as much care.
The vegetable polao smells sweet and spares the spice, the aloo bhaaja is finely chopped and crisply fried. Then comes the bhaapa Ilish (steamed Hilsa).
The fish tastes river fresh and is cooked to just the right tenderness, leaving you with an aftertaste of native nostalgia that is only furthered by the aloo posto (potato in poppy seed paste), mishti doi and rosogolla. Another Bengal rises.

City of Joy
Aravali Shopping Complex, Alaknanda
Meal for two: R800. Alcohol not served
For reservations, call: 011-46109191
Soumya Mukerji