Services

From tap dancing classes to home delivery of your favorite cheeses, we scout out the best and quirkiest services in Mumbai.

New In Kala Ghoda: House Of Tales
Thursday, 03 October 2013 11:12


With little cafes and stores, and cool points that automatically get added to any restaurant that opens here, Kala Ghoda feels like the new Bandra. Home to the newly opened Nico Bombay, soon expecting the Delhi Art Gallery and staying hush about a boozy luxe venture that’s set to launch soon, the Kala Ghoda festival it seems, is now all year round.

And while strolling around the area, we found a way in which you can own a space here too (and serve food and alcohol), even if just for a day.

Space Cadet

Enter House of Tales launched by Neha Sheth, this is a contemporary event space that is ‘yours to design’. Neha, a Mumbai girl who studied and worked in PR and hospitality in the US, returned to India some time ago to start this up.

Originally used as a storage den, Neha had plans to turn the property into a café. But when that didn’t work out, she developed the idea for a space that is pretty much open to anyone who has a fun idea for an event.  It is pitched as a place to tell stories, to engage in dialogue, watch performances, host parties and well, just be.

There may be seven galleries in Kala Ghoda, but where HoT scores, Neha says,  is that they are not snobby about who rents the space and will not only display art and host exhibitions, but also extend themselves to other activities. They have a food license and can acquire temporary liquor licenses as well, so feel free to use it as a party spot or a space to host that single malt tasting for friends.

As part of their packages, House of Tales provides support services to the events hosted there including catering, photographers, marketing, valet and will even help you flesh out your idea to create a full blown event.

Their Event Roster

HoT launches with their first pop up boutique on October 5 for Home Label’s Diwali collection styled by Susanne Roshan. Also on House Of Tales’ calendar is Delhi restaurateur and chef Ritu Dalmia’s restaurant that will live at House Of Tales for a week.

Sounds like your table is about to get laid.

Getting There: 21 Dr. VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda, call 22041575, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for enquiries

 
bpb Directory: September Ends
Thursday, 03 October 2013 11:10



Presenting our new regular feature: the bpb Directory - a round up of the month's stories together in one place, so you can catch up on something if you missed it or re-read a favourite review. Here’s what happened in September!


Food & Drink

From duck fat infused drinks to pale dim sum and frothy tiramisu to finish it all off with. Food and drink this month was in plenty.

Studio Fifteen Launches In Lower Parel:Presenting Pooja Dhingra part deux. The baker-extraordinaire-turned-business woman launches a cooking studio where you can take classes and learn how to make the yum macarons and choux pastry sold at her Le 15 Patisserie.

Shop no.4, Rajgruha co-operative housing society, B wing, B. M. Marg, near India Bulls Financial centre, Elphinstone road, 11am to 8.30pm, call 84540 46544 ,view their website here.

Goa’s Thalassa Pops Up At Olive Mahalaxmi:

The Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mahalaxmi will host The Thalassa Pop Up with owner-chef Mariketty Grana for six months, collaborating on a special décor and putting out the Thalassa menu just for you. No food from the Olive menu will be served during this time. Plus, bpb’s Coup Card holders can use the culinary card here and get 15% off their bill!

Amateur Riders Club, Mahalaxmi Race Course, Mahalaxmi, call 40859596.

bpb Review: Ping Pong:

A light, light pink Lychee and Roses cocktail and a basket of translucent dimsum. This almost-pink-but-not-quite picture pretty much sums up our pale dining experience at the London dim sum restaurant that finally opened in Mumbai after much delay.

Ground floor, G Block, First Financial Centre, Bandra Kurla Complex, call 67413333, approx. Rs 3,000 for a meal for two with one drink each.

MealTango:

Never eat at a crappy restaurant while traveling again. Dine with a local to really get a flavour of the city.

Visit their website to find a host or sign up as one. Rs 3,000 for a meal at Alibaugh.

bpb Review: Maritime By San Lorenzo:

The restaurant with its blue walls and vanilla latticework instantly makes you want to travel. But stay put and sample the perfect tiramisu while you’re there!

Maritime By San Lorenzo, Taj Land’s End, Byramji Jeejeebhoy Road, Bandstand, Bandra (W), call 6668 1234, meal for two Rs 6,128.

bpb Review: Auriga

Auriga, named after the constellation which means charioteer in Latin, will soon have its range of molecular cocktails and Sui Mai ready, so maybe stop by then, because the food we sampled wasn’t great.

Plot no 1B (ground and first floor), Famous Studio Lane, off Dr E Moses Road, Mahalaxmi, call 9920917181, meal for two: Rs 3512

Made To Order Madeleines

These bite-sized cakes are sweet and buttery, more addictive than potato chips and definitely worth a trek to South Bombay. You could pair these with honey, caramel or Nutella. Three graces!

Frosted by Asheesh Dubash, call 9867188779 to place an order, Rs 240 for a box of 20 madeleines

bpb Review: Del Fresco Cantina:

Del Fresco is yet to start serving alcohol. If the margaritas are tasty and cheap, the place could manage to steal some of Bandra's culinary buzz.Until then, we're going to salsa some place else.

Del Fresco Cantina, ONGC Lane, Near Chez Moi, Bandra reclamation, meal for two without alcohol, Rs 1075

bpb Review: Nico Bombay

Nothing about Nico Bombay feels new and that's a good thing. With spotted mirrors and Blackened Manhattans; a chef at ease and a bartender who knows exactly what he's doing, this Kala Ghoda restaurant feels like it's been around in the city for as long as you have.

Nico Bombay 105, Mubarak Manzil, Bombay Stock Exchange, Bombay Samachar Marg & Apollo Street, Kala Ghoda, call 22624466, meal for two is approx Rs 3,500 with one drink each.

bpb review: Mekong, Palladium Hotel:

James Bond like music, a stunning view and baby food like dessert. Not necessarily in that order.

Mekong, Palladium Hotel, 37th Floor, Palladium Hotel, Next to Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel, call 6162 8000, meal for two: Rs 5650 without alcohol.

Late Night Sriracha Fix:

If you love Sriracha you’ll know that it’s not the easiest thing to find in Mumbai. Flybyknight now delivers it right  to your doorstep!

Sriracha Rooster Chilli Sauce now available on flybyknight.in, for 24 hour home delivery see details here or call 9930067337, Rs 899 for a bottle

Get Grandma’s Cake in Khar: Is your head, heart and cart crammed with desserts so fancy that all you crave now is a good ol’ sponge cake? Enter Nikita Sanyal of Bombake, MBA graduate and baker who does an excellent Grandma’s Cake, a giant doughnut shaped moist sponge cake topped with a sugary glaze. Simple-tin!

Bombake by Nikita Sanyal, view her Facebook page here, call 9619092519 to place an order, Rs 600 for a 9 inch Grandma's cake, Rs 1,200 for a lime cracker pie for 16 servings,  currently no delivery service, pick up orders from Union Park, Khar

Boozy Ice cream Home Delivered:

In a non-descript Mahim kitchen, Alok and Shilpa Rao make artisan, hand-churned ice cream, add all kinds of liqueurs and deliver these cocktail-inspired scoops to your doorstep under the label Drunken Cream. Cone-ichiva!

To order click here or call 9769937455, Rs 462 for a 500 gm tub, home delivery only on three tubs or more else pick up from Mahim, order a day in advance.

Shop

Collector’s edition books, tiny clay sculptures and gorgeous Chanderi saris all caught our attention this month.

bpb Pick: The Shadow Lines Collector’s Edition: Each of these limited 500 copies are numbered, come with a ribbon book mark and a slip cover. And if that doesn't make you feel special enough, Amitav Ghosh sends a personalized note to you with your book. Pen pals for life?

25th Anniversary collector's editon of Amitav Ghosh's The Shadow Lines, order here, ships within two days , Rs 1,499 for a copy.

Namah Sekhri Designer Boutique & Art gallery: Smack in the middle of the busy Fort area and up four flights of stairs in a somewhat innocuous building, sits Namha Sekhri, a fashion and accessory store/art gallery that  features clothes, accessories, shoes and bags for men and women, by relatively new and young designers.

Namha Sekhri Multi Designer Boutique & Art Gallery, 412, Emca House, ShahidBhagat Singh Road, Fort, call 66311055, prices start at Rs 1,500, Rs 3,500 for a reversible silk-linen jacket, view their Facebook pagehere.

bpb Pick: Chanderi Sarees from Red Hibiscus

This new store at Versova  stocks elegant Chanderi saris sourced straight from weavers in Madhya Pradesh. We found some lovely pieces with lotus and paisley motifs in pastel colours, rani pink and black. Don't worry, we'll save you a pleat!

Red Hibiscus, 8 A,Beach Queen apartments, JP road, near Chai Coffi, Seven bungalows, Andheri (W), Rs 3,000 for a Chanderi sari.

Meet Moe:

Check out these tiny, adorable clay sculptures that are a big hit on the gifting circuit crafted according to your giftee’s personality , no matter how weird.

Moe, custom made clay sculptures, see their Facebook page here, website here, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Rs 499-Rs 1,299.

Services

Get a personalized illustration, fix up your house and find yourself a brand new job! You’re welcome.

Personalised Illustrations: The Happy Page:

Share what makes you happy and have it turned into an illustration.

Happy Page, see Facebook group here.

bpb Classifieds: Kick start your career as a writer for Hill Road Media, or an intern with VH1. Cool gigs.

Home Repair Service: Travtus Work Force:

This recently launched website offers repair services for odd jobs around the house – leaky taps, ugly wall patches, electrical work - that you’ve been meaning to get fixed for a while.

Travtusworkforce.com, a home repair service that offers electric, plumbing, patchwork, window, woodwork and tile repair services,  call 65554747, start at Rs 631 per month for a yearly plan

Pearl Shah Styling Studio -Stylist for the stars. Pearl Shah will lend a sympathetic ear and keen advice to your styling woes.

Pearl Shah Styling Studio, call 98201 66045 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , view the website here.

The True School of Music Opens:

Get strung along at The True School of Music (we told you about this in May), a super new music school conceptualized by composer and Blue Frog co-founder Ashutosh Pathak. Now open for tours and sign ups!

The True School of Music opens, True School of Music, Sunmill Compound, Lower Parel, view the Facebook page here, start at Rs 5,000 per module.

The Memory Company- Professional consultancy on book design, photography, corporate, family and individual led photo and narrative based archives and research. Curation of contemporary and archival photo exhibitions is on the cards too.

The Memory Company, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details, see their website here, view their Facebook page here.

Travel

We've got a few cool getaways lined up for you. Not too adventerous? A gorgeous spa resort opens an hour outside Delhi, and an organic farm retreat in Bangalore. Now boarding.

Prakash Collection: A gorgeous Delhi shop tucked away in a corner in Nehru Place market, you will find every kind of lace, button, trimming here that you could ever dream of. Trust us.

Prakash Collection, 104, Guru Angad Bhawan, 71, Nehru Place, call 64560098. Rs 1,200 for a ready made collar necklace.

Dusit Devarana: This is where they store all the light. Seriously. A gorgeous space inspired by nature's element, drive an hour from Delhi and get your Zen on.

Dusit Devarana, NH-8, New Delhi, call 33552211. Rs 14,000 for a garden view room. Book here

Earth Kitchen: Arati Venkat will make you mousakkas, risottos and Tunisian red meat spiced with fresh herbs and veggies she grows herself. Spend a day at her farm, there's a wading pool here too.

Earth Kitchen, Behind Taj Kuteeram, Nrityagram Road, Hessarghatta, Bangalore. Call 990874424, visit website here. Rs 1250 per person for a meal at Earth kitchen (reduced prices for children. Pets are welcome!)

Haveli Yoga Retreat:
The Yoga House organises a feel good yoga retreat at a Haveli in Udaipur overlooking a lake. Don't topple over while doing that downward dog pose.

Yoga Retreat in Rajasthan, to sign up email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Rs 27,500 for the four day package with stay, meals, daily asana and meditation classes, airport transfer and sightseeing expenses.

 
Talon Hunt: Royal Treatment Nail Spa
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 10:59

 

Standing wide between general stores and residential buildings at Pali Hill, Bandra,  the brand new Royal Treatment Nail Spa sticks out like a sore thumb or should we say, like a chipped red nail on a pretty girl with no time for manicures.

With an ultra white exterior lit by UV lights, the spa has a strictly clinical feel from the outside. Step inside though, and it reveals itself to you with comfy mani-pedi chairs, a wall of nail polish to choose from and an entire menu of services dedicated solely to your hands and feet. Hey there, cutie-cle! The rate card is pricey though, with a basic service starting at Rs 500.

Straight away, you notice what’s nice  about Royal Treatment -their OCD about cleanliness. The staff insists on using hand sanitizer before and after a nail job and even encourage their clients to do the same.


Chipped In

Kicking herself for getting a pedicure over the weekend, this writer opted for the Paradiso manicure and a foot massage. An “indulgence with moisturising milk and honey”, the Paradiso treatment feels lavish and slightly OTT, but carefully supervised and well executed.

After some careful filing, heavy duty soaking and being drowned in moisturizing milk, a sugary organic scrub followed. Post the scrub, more moisturizer was applied and our hands were cling-wrapped for about ten minutes to lock in the moisture around the fingers.

Just when the cling wrap situation was starting to feel a lot like Dexter, the foot massage began and all murderous thoughts melted away.

Leg & Elbow Room

In a pleasant departure from the usual, this writer’s masseuse took his own sweet time with the massage, slathering on the moisturizer while concentrating on relaxing every knot and cross.  At approximately half an hour per foot, it was one of the most thorough massages we’ve gotten with toes, ankles, knees and calves all feeling well rested. A bright orange nail polish finished the job. We plan to go back yes, when the old pedicure wears off and when we feel like spending more than we would at our local beauty parlour.

With feet and fingers that had nothing to complain about we left, but got a earful from our well, ears that had to endure loud pop music which was very un-spa like. Apart from that though, we were pretty enameled.


Getting There: Royal Treatment Nail Spa, Ground Floor, Maria Apart,emts, 78 Pali Hill, Nargis Dutt road, Bandra (W) , call 26048282 ,view their Facebook page here, Rs 1200 for a Paradiso  manicure, Rs 500 for a foot massage



 
Personalised Illustrations: The Happy Page
Friday, 27 September 2013 13:28


What: Share what makes you happy and have it turned into an illustration, the Happy Page, see Facebook group here.

Why: Happiness is a good story wrapped around a beautiful night. But that's just us. Brainchild of designers and cartoonists Lisa Swerling & Ralph Lazer, The Happy Page is looking for what makes you glow like a night bulb. Submissions range from the expected “Happiness is not having to share the bathroom with your husband” to the bizarre “Happiness is the smell of freshly dyed hair”. Tell them in a line what makes you happy here and they will illustrate it for you and put it on their Facebook page.

When: You want to join the smile high club.

 
bpb Classifieds:Hot Jobs This Month
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 10:59

 


Hot Jobs In September 2013

id8 Media Solutions is looking for PR consultants who have a minimum of 2 years experience in the hospitality vertical for their Mumbai office. The candidate should have good communication skills, ability to strategize and execute plans, good media relations, knowledge of basic marketing and social media and aptitude to handle multiple accounts. If interested, email your resume to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Hill Road Media (hillroadmedia.com) is a content and publishing company based in Bandra, working with large print and digital media brands. They are looking for bright, young and enthusiastic writers/content producers with impeccable English language skills having 1-2 years of relevant experience. An interest in finance, though not essential, would be an added qualification. Send your resume to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

OnCourse Global is an education-consulting firm, is looking to hire mentors to help students with the tedious study-abroad application process. Good writing and communication skills are important with a keen interest in education and a basic understanding of the process. Individuals who have studied abroad are preferred candidates. To know more, visit www.oncourseglobal.com, email your resume to   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Social Wavelength, is a social media company in Mumbai is looking to expand their team. Click here to see their list of available opportunities

IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival 2014 is looking for submissions from women filmmakers! Last date to submit entries to is Sept 30th. The director should be a woman of Asian origin. No restriction on genre, theme or duration. Click here to register.

Do One Thing, the brand consultancy is looking for a candidate who can manage their new, national, creative entrepreneurship programme where they'll work in collaboration with a music company. Five years plus of experience- ideally including marketing, project management is preferred. Send in your CV's to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

BBC is looking for a producer for India FM, BBC Hindi Service A command over the language as well as an ability to write, adapt and translate is required. Read full job description and apply here.

VH1 India is looking for interns as part of their On Air Promotions (OAP) Team. Send in your CV's with the subject line “intern” to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The World Reporter, is looking for a student intern for one month. Candidates must be interested in current geopolitical events. Candidates can work out of any location and will be compensated with $60 at the end of the internship. Apply here.

 
Super Home Repair Service: Travtus Work Force
Friday, 20 September 2013 11:47


What: Travtusworkforce.com, a home repair service that offers electric, plumbing, patchwork, window, woodwork and tile repair services,  call 65554747, start at Rs 631 per month for a yearly plan

Why: If you’re shattered, they probably can’t help, but everything else is on Travtus’ service sheet. This recently launched website offers repair services for odd jobs around the house – leaky taps, ugly wall patches, electrical work - that you’ve been meaning to get fixed for a while. Targeted at young working professionals that don’t have the time to coordinate a home repair job, Travtus Work Force allows members to sign up and schedule projects at a convenient date online. The holding company Travtus is a construction company and so all the workers are trained and professional.

When: You need a fix.

 
Need to (Ad)dress: Pearl Shah Styling Studio
Monday, 16 September 2013 11:12




With words of advice chic enough to be strung into a necklace, it's only appropriate that her name would be Pearl.

For those who don't know her, Pearl  Shah is a stylist who has opened up her own styling studio after the recent closure of fashion magazine Marie Claire, where she worked as  fashion director.

Happy As A Clam

Since opening day, Pearl has bagged sone awesome gigs -  a Maybelline campaign with Alia Bhatt, a hair colour shoot with Preity Zinta, movie promotions and other events.

“The tabloid culture is growing in India,” says Pearl. “Celebrities are being photographed all the time, whether its at the airport or in their cars. As a result, they have to be immaculately dressed at all times- god knows the number of people there are that dissect their every piece of clothing!”

Call it voyeurism or a rise of fashion consciousness; it’s a wave Pearl is riding at the moment.

How You Can Use Pearl

Besides professional and celebrity styling, Pearl can also help you look good by ensuring you're not another colour blocked Shivan and Narresh clone by the pool; have the right tux for your friend's cocktail party; and plan your wedding ensembles from start to finish.

Pearl tells us that she can create or customize a look based on your personal taste. She also plans to extend her services to trousseau planning, to include everything from bridesmaid dresses to hot honeymoon clothing.

Not that you need anyone to help you look sexy in the bedroom, but an extra hand never hurt.

Pain Points

Since shopping for  Indian clothes is such a pain - think of all those Diwali card parties and all those annoying friends who chose to get married this tear- we get Pearl to put together a quick look list for you:

Necklaces: They’ve  become the new big earrings for any Indian outfit and Valliyan by Nitya Arora is doing some amazing statement pieces that are India inspired and super! Eina Ahluwalia too, has some great pieces that work well for big occasions.

Sabya all the way: Sabyasachi continues to wow with his structured bandhgala and sporty 20’s inspired striped sari blouses from Lakme Fashion Week.

Black & Gold: Although they aren’t really auspicious colours, a lot of designers are doing beautiful black & gold ensembles like Rahul Mishra’s chanderi saris from his latest collection.

High waisted lehengas: Another super trend is the high waisted lehenga minus the chunni that Nikhil Thampi did a great job with. It’s a great replacement to the anarkalis that are everywhere you look!

Hathphools: Instead of stacking up bangles, hathphools are a fun alternative. Manish Arora for Amrapali did some super ones.

Customised Trunks: A lot of brides get matching suitcases for their trousseau, but a vintage trunk would be a great touch. . Nappa Dori and Trunks Company would be great for these.

Vintage Purses From Nimish Shah’s Collection: These cutesy vintage purses are a great touch to an Indian outfit versus another clutch.

For a contemporary wedding: If you’re bold enough, Amit Agarwal did some super saris this Fashion week that would be great to see at a wedding  or Diwali party.

For a beach wedding: You ideally want something that’s pre-pleated and is easy to put on. Gaurav Gupta did some nice saree gowns along with Tarun Thaliani this time that are breezy and perfect for a beach setting.


Getting There: Pearl Shah Styling Studio, call 98201 66045 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , view the website here


 
Warren Tricomi To Launch In Mumbai
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 10:55



Oh Snip!

So there’s a new pair of scissors cutting its way through the city, a US chain of luxury salons, Warren Tricomi that’s all set to launch its first stand-alone salon in Mumbai next month, kicking off nationwide launch soon after.

Warren Tricomi’s first hi-street salon in India will open in a 3,500 square feet space on Cadel Road with a landscaped garden and a café in the premises.

Mane attractions include hair colour techniques by celebrity hair colourist Joel Warren and the salon’s signature dry hair precision cutting technique, made popular by Edward Tricomi.

Shear genius? We’ll have to wait and watch!

Getting There: Warren Tricomi, Near Hinduja hospital, Cadel road, Mahim, launches first week of October.

 
The True School of Music Opens
Friday, 06 September 2013 12:51


What: The True School of Music opens, True School of Music, Sunmill Compound, Lower Parel, view the Facebook page here, start at Rs 5,000 per module.

Why: Get strung along at The True School of Music (we told you about this in May), a super new music school conceptualized by composer and Blue Frog co-founder Ashutosh Pathak. Now open for tours and sign ups, we visited the large Lower Parel space yesterday to find classrooms for different instruments, fancy recording studios, DJ console rooms, faculty from The Manhattan School of Music (New York City), foundation and professional courses, a BusaGo canteen and wall art curated by Srila Chatterjee. We guarantee the tour will make you want  to learn something – we randomly signed up to learn how to play the Sitar.

When: You want a new code of conductor

 
New Youth Culture Website To Launch Soon
Friday, 06 September 2013 12:24


What: Homegrown, an online youth culture magazine, launching soon, see their website here, Facebook page here.

Why: Defining Utopia is tricky business. What is it? Where can you find it? What does it mean? Friends with common interests and media backgrounds, Natalia Lasota, Varun Patra and Mandovi Menon are in search of that definition, with their new online magazine, Homegrown. (see their promo video here). Mandovi tells us that Homegrown is a “two -pronged youth media company, one part publication and one part creative agency” that aims to give audiences an insight into today's Indian youth culture and help sub-cultures develop organically. Launching soon, the company hopes to bring together creative talent and youth culture on one platform.

When: Paradise Found later this month

 
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