Twinkle twinkle..little pub

The fact that the night club doesn’t even have a doorman or bouncers, says a lot about its style. Rochelle Pinto gets dazzled at Stardust, Malad in Mumbai...
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Updated on Feb 20, 2009 08:58 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByRochelle Pinto, Mumbai

Located a short distance away from Inorbit Mall, Malad, Grand Hometel isn't hard to find. In fact, the giant neon sign sitting on top of the building is impossible to miss.

The Mindspace office complex is right next door, and usually you’d expect Grand Hometel's pub, Stardust, to be crowded. But no such luck here.

Also, the fact that the night club doesn’t even have a doorman or bouncers, says a lot about its style.

Star light, too bright
Enter and you are assaulted by a whirl of lights. Neon blue followed by a dazzling red.. after a couple of whisky-cokes, you'll be transported to a land far far away.

The walls are decorated with famous faces.. but are partially hidden by a curtain of gauze and gold stars, lending the pub an unwanted dance-bar feel. The chairs are cool though, and resemble a cross between an office chair and the iconic barber's highseat.

Shimmer and shine
Not surprisingly, the ceiling pays homage to the pub with its twinkling décor. However, the interior decorator should have left the entire place tiled, for the carpet design is so awful that it must have come with a warning sign.
Hip-hop rules the playlist with the usual suspects — Akon, 50 cent and T-Pain. And it actually induces pain when you have to yell at the top of your lungs to chat with the person seated beside you.

To soothe your strained throat there is Stardust Blossom (Rs 150), an mocktail with a ginger aftertaste. Those with an aversion to fruit-spice blends could skip it.

Same old
Cocktail fans could try the Tequila Sunrise or the no-frills Caprioshka, both for Rs 250. On the upside, the drinks menu is so easy on the pocket, you won't think twice before treating your friends to a round.

The Bruschetta with Smoked Chicken Pesto, comes in seven bite-sized pieces for Rs 135. Vegetarians could try the Crisp Herb Cheese Pockets accompanied with Garlic Hummus for Rs 125.

Service is not a problem, and the bartenders are helpful. If you're a no-talking, strictly drinking and dancing kind of person, then Stardust is worth a visit.

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