Royal Mirage, New Friends Colony
Crowne Plaza Surya, New Friends Colony
Home Delivery: No.
Parking On Weekdays/Weekends: Easy. Efficient valet service.
The late Mirage, which opened with much fanfare a few years back and became a celebrity hangout for some time, is back as the current flavour of the season, Royal Mirage. The theme, in sync with the name, is Arabic, though the crimson velvet upholstery with gold accents may shock people with finer sensibilities. The snacks menu is compact but edible and it includes a mezze platter, and for tipplers, the choices range from margaritas to shooters like Screaming Orgasm and Kamikaze. On weekends, the entry charge is Rs 500 per couple, which isn't redeemable. They also take table bookings (one table can seat eight) on a cover charge of Rs 4,000.
But be warned: On weekends, you don't have a hope in hell of getting in unless you know the owners or are friends with the guys who manage the door. The problem with flavours of the season is that they quickly go out of favour whenever a new nightclub opens in our fickle city. The Surya's management should know - it happened to Mirage, and they wouldn't like history to repeat itself.
Meal for Two: Rs 1,400