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Malavika’s Mumbaistan: Shelter in the storm

mumbai Updated: May 18, 2018 13:19 IST
Malavika Sangghvi
Malavika Sangghvi
Hindustan Times
Chef Vicky Ratnani.

Chef Vicky Ratnani.

This fortnight sees the launch of one more addition to the city’s ever bubbling food pot: Typhoon Shelter. The brainchild of Ramit Mittal, whose Pizza Express empire now encompasses a slew of eateries including The Runway Project and The Bandra Project, Typhoon Shelter housed in a mall at Lower Parel, is the group’s latest offering. And, with its cuisine culled from the food of boat people from different regions around the Far East, (who would be compelled to take shelter from frequent typhoons and thus live and cook together), along with its imposing red-lacquered doors and private booths creating the ambience of a Hong Kong Opium Den of yore, it has the potential to become the watering hole of the smart set. After all, how many big new ideas has the city seen emerging recently, in the Chinese food space? TS appears to offer something new and original and yet strangely familiar and comforting. This week saw Chef Vicky Ratnani, culinary director with the group, invite a series of high-profile friends and foodies for tastings, to try specialties of the house such as XO-flavoured seafood fried rice with lobster, pork belly spring rolls, soft shell crab bao, steamed dimsum with truffle infusion, pomfret in bird eye chilli. One such table saw Arjun Rampal, Siddhanth Kapoor, Harshvardhan Rane and Monica Gill savour dimsums, tuna tartar, XO fried rice, Kung Pao prawns, and wok tossed greens...

Nice.

TRUE LIES

Mumbai’s self-styled divas are legends in their own lunchtime; from those who hack away at their personal PR, turning up at the opening of even an envelope; to those who assiduously polish away at their image of ‘estrogen empathy’ with a shiny new cause to champion each week, they never cease to attract notice. For instance, for many years, it was known in the city’s social circles that such was a certain self-appointed diva’s insatiable hunger for the limelight that she’d turn up at even a distant acquaintance’s birthday and mercilessly elbow out all family and friends at the time of the cutting of the cake, to get into all the pictures. As for the famous front-row hoggers, those ladies who have, through decades of hurling themselves with intensity into the front row of events, have managed to corner a place in the sun, their notoriety as social terrorists is well-deserved. This recent nugget concerns a more winsome diva, one whose name’s been associated with highhanded and ‘Off With Their Heads’ behaviour for a while now. This week, so riled were the caterers she had engaged for an event she was ‘curating’ by her rants and raves that there was an overnight crisis and they threatened to pull out a few hours before the function! Fortunately, tactful persuasion brought them back, we’re told, but the decision going forward is: put the diva and her tantrums on the ‘please avoid under any cost’ list, evermore.

Oh dear!

TWEET NOTHING

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— Suhel Seth’s tweet on the Karnataka election results

PARADISE REGAINED

Krsnaa Mehta.

“Paradise is part of a special animal-inspired series designed to create awareness towards animal welfare,” says a designer — with the most originally designed spelling of his name — Krsnaa Mehta whose household lifestyle brand India Circus is working closely with Wildlife SOS, an organisation aimed towards conserving and protecting India’s wildlife. The brand will create exclusive designs for Wildlife SOS and certain proceeds will go to Wildlife SOS’ funds. Mehta was inspired to do this after he met Kartick Satyanarayan and visited the elephant sanctuary in Agra, with a group he belongs to called the ‘animal Warriors of Mumbai’, which includes ad and feature film director Mahesh Mathai, Sunil and Shaila Jhungiani of Brand Chemistry, Pia Moolback-Verbic and Nicole Mody.

One of Mehta’s designs.

”We are on a mission to help animals; we are supporting and growing awareness for Wildlife SOS,” said Mehta, adding, “The trip to Agra was amazing, we saw the good work they are doing at the elephant and bear centres. India Circus has been inspired to create this line dedicated to their welfare.” Mehta said the products will start going on sale at the stores and online as soon as next month.