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Lounging in Arjun’s LAP

As Bollywood hunk Arjun Rampal turns restaurateur, we ask him what makes his venture stand apart from the crowd.

india Updated: Aug 22, 2009 16:03 IST
Garima Sharma

Arjun Rampal may have shifted base to Mumbai, but his love for Delhi hasn’t changed. No surprises then that he has chosen Delhi to launch his maiden venture, a lounge bar-cum-restaurant called LAP.

Rampal, who graduated from Delhi University, attributes a lot from those days to the concept of LAP. “I frequented many clubs with my friends but noticed that these were suddenly becoming exclusive and just wanted to make money,” he recalls. So when he got an opportunity to enter the hospitality business, that experience came to use.

Spread over 17,000 square feet in Hotel Samrat, LAP opens its doors towards the end of this month as a members-only club. Divided into two zones, the outside area would be open to all, while the inner zone inside will be exclusive. While membership is only through invitation, the actor insists that LAP will be a place where like-minded creative people can interact and enjoy themselves.

As far as the cuisine is concerned, LAP will serve world cuisine. “The idea is to have a prominent flavour of Indianness while also giving people a taste of world cuisine. So, on the same table you could see biryani, foie gras burgers, calamari and caviar,” says Rampal.

While members indulge in a helping of food and fun, Rampal has worked hard at ensuring that the ambience and security at LAP are world class. Designed by Sandeep Khosla, the décor is “reflective of comfort and luxury, symbolised by large Swarovski crystal chandeliers, clusters of seating, lacquered doors and a bar.” As far as security is concerned, he says, “Women should always feel comfortable and safe at such places.”

Music is another thing that’s crucial to this lounge bar; LAP will have four resident DJs as well a musical exchange. Says Rampal: “I want LAP to be a place where musical talent gets recognition.”