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What: Umame, Eros building, first floor, Churchgate, call 61110303, approximately Rs 2,500 per head, including alcohol.
Why: Because the appetizers alone can make for a grand meal at Farrokh Khambata’s wooded new restaurant, starting with Sriracha prawns, awesome veggie tempura chueng fun, and meat-soaked sugar-cane sticks you’re encouraged to gnaw on. There’s also a superlative Massaman curry, fun cocktails and that awesome Kahlua chocolate soufflé from Joss.
When: Opens this week. For the full dish, read the bpb review here.
What: Kofuku – new Japanese restaurant, Kenilworth Shopping Arcade, level 2, Linking Road, Bandra (W), call 67105105.
Why: Bandra’s Firangi Paani replacement hasn't opened yet, and it's already been through a name change. From Azuma to Kofuku (‘East’ to ‘happiness’ in Japanese)- this restaurant promises to serve sushi, sashimi, ramen and imported saki at non-five star rates. Stay high on regular tables or choose to sit on the floor using their fun bamboo mat seating. Overnight Kampai!
When: Slated to open next week.
Why: On a recent reunion with his fellow officers, Mr Dave Sood (he served in the 5th Battalion of the Indian Army, which in 1965 took the Pakistani district of Barki) came up with the idea of setting up a library to entertain the 200 army families still posted in a desolate village of Punjab. If you have books you’d like to donate, all you have to do is give him a call and he’ll have them picked up/direct you to a collection center in your neighbourhood. Mr Sood isn’t picky—he’ll take anything from historical fiction to management books—but no kids’ titles just yet. The goal is to reach 1,000 books by Diwali and they have only 300, so locate your letter half quickly!
When: You want to participate in the march of the Penguins.
What: International fashion brands for men on Elitify.com, Rs 4,490 for 7 for All Mankind jeans, free shipping all over India.
Why: Who doesn’t want to return to an homme sweet homme? Ladies, send your scruffy man to Elitify.com, where he can shop for swimwear, shoes, hats, smart casuals and formal shirts from a bunch of international brands from Ferragamo and Burberry to 7 for All Mankind and Banana Republic. Launched by Amit (ex-Deloitte consultant) and Anahat Rawal (PR and communications consultant), this neat shopping portal also has a gadget section – see Lego-inspired speakers from Jawbone (Rs 12,990) – and fun features like a discount jack pot, special sales and a Fit Guide to jeans.
When: You need a new manscape designer.
What: The Nation Wants To Know What This Man Wants by Anuvabh Pal, Comedy Store, Palladium, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel, book online here, Rs 300.
Why: The very funny playwright and stand-up comic Anubhav Pal culminates a 100 stand up shows with this 70 minute one-man routine in which he talks about “advertising that makes no sense, fashion lingo that's confusing, Bollywood villains I miss, customs officers and news anchors, among other things”. Pal-ace!
When: Laugh-hearted effort at 8:30 pm on Wednesday, September 19.
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