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A global take

Equinox is a Spanish lounge concept offering a delectable global spread


INSPIRED BY the Spanish lounge concept and offering a global spread, including fare from Sri Lanka as well as a Portuguese tang from Goa, here is the new hub for post work rendezvous, weekend gigs and for those relaxed lunches, and aptly called Equinox. A brainchild of young globetrotting entrepreneurs, Arun Gunda, a hotel management graduate from Middlesex University, London, Chetan Dev Singh, currently pursuing his BBA at ICFAI and DJ Amit Sangvi, Equinox is a place where you can recline on the cushions thrown around and listen to Phil Collins and Elton John as you indulge in delectable cuisine. Designed by Rajeev Gir, a woody walnut note runs across the lounge. There are beams for panels and the ceiling is harmonised by a yellow Jaisalmer stone flooring. Terracotta lampshades in the nooks and an overall soft illumination, with music in softer notes complete the picture .

Much like the Spanish barns, one finds an element of space here, with minimalist furniture in the corners teamed with bolsters in contrasting ivory, and a festive private dining space in yellow and brown tones for birthday bashes and corporate get-togethers. "We wanted to present a lounge bar with an ambience where a person can actually lounge and indulge," explains Arun.

The spread reads cuisine that is not heavy on your pocket and undoubtedly is the USP of the place. Pastas, nachos, sizzlers, chopsueys, satays, tiramisu and more, whipped up by a thorough cordon bleu team including a Conti chef flown in from Bahrain and a master chef from Goa.

Connoisseurs can find the famous Kumadi shakuti— chicken a la Goan style in rich coconut gravy, Prawn pulao, Lobster caldine as well as the Soul curry, the kokum based appetiser offered complimentary with the Goan fare.

The emphasis is on sea food across the various cuisines offered here — a Conti Pomfret in Creole sauce served with Mexican rice, Tiger prawns in hot ginger sauce that can be teamed with Malaysian noodles in the Oriental basket that has a Szechwan leaning, not forgetting the Sri Lankan delicacy Mappas. "Mappas is a lemon grass, coriander root and star anise flavoured curry made with a touch of coconut milk, served with a choice of lobster, crab or jumbo prawn," explains Chef Thapa.

For folks who would prefer an Indian platter, there is a Subz khurchan, Jhinga hara masala, Chicken tikka biryani and Kashmiri naan. "We have ensured that the cuisine is less on the oil count. Further we do not use artificial colours; we use the spices and herbs such as coriander, bland Kashmiri red chillies and turmeric instead. Also, the guests are open to order for cuisine that is not available on the menu, say a combination in red wine, white wine or home made malt vinegar," adds Arun.

A Continental dessert fare with Fruit flambé and Crepe suzette, tangy citrus-based cocktails, as well as the Flambé shots are other offerings to check out while here as well as witness a few bartending tricks.

Rock and fusion live gigs and concerts by DJs from across the country representing various genres, are some of the happenings over the weekends, and on the cuisine front, more of Mexican, Lebanese and other global offerings, as well as special packages for the corporate groups.

Equinox (Merchant Towers, Plot # 5, Road No. 4, Banjara Hills) is open between 11 a.m. and 12 midnight, and has celebrities — film stars, artistes and more, walking in for dinners. For reservations contact Tel: 55163444.

SYEDA FARIDA

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