The Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart starrer,’No Reservations’ playing on screen with Jones yelling at her restaurant staff and Eckhart snickering makes for an interesting foreground. In the background customers gorging on an all American menu,while watching the movie makes for a sharp contrast.
Walking in,into the Zikomo restaurant in Baner this is a normal scenario every Sunday afternoon. Launched three months back,Zikomo’s Sunday brunch Zikomoscope is an interesting affair. People come in for the brunch and the restaurant screens a movie. The menu is decided on the basis of the film being showcased. For instance,if it is ‘Sholay’,the menu comprises North-Indian food,but an American rom-com like ‘No Reservations’ will have an all American-diner spread. “The idea was to let customers have a different dining experience. We cannot say that the response has been overwhelming,but it has been good. People are curious about the concept,” says Swapnil Gupte,adding,”We wanted to create a cuisine and an ambiance around the film,which is being screened.”
Take the case of Kue Bar at the Westin Hotel,in Koregaon Park . Every Wednesday they have the Stilleto Senora Nights. While couples have a paid entry to the bar,single women who walk in dressed fashionably and in stilletoes can get free drinks and starters. Devesh Rawat,Director F&B,The Westin Hotel,says,”Ladies Nights are common at places across the city. We just took it to a new level. For most women,fashion and shoes are hot topics of discussion. Hence we decided to incorprate that into our concept. The idea is to let female guests come in with their friends and have a great time. We started the concept three months back.”
At High Spirits,the Open Mic nights on Wednesday is a latest addition to their already overfull kitty that comprises of Karoke Nights,Bladder Burst nights and live gigs on Fridays. Owner Khodu Irani says,”The Open Mic Nights,are those where people can come in with their musical instruments and perform with the live band. “It makes the concept of a live band more interactive,” says Irani,adding,”Of course there is the added thrill of performing on stage with professional musicians attached to it.”
On the other hand,Stone Water Grill has a retro night every week on Thursdays. The Ship in Kalyani Nagar,offers different themes such as Mojito Evenings,Ladies Nights,Karaoke and a live band every day of the week “The concept of having live bands perform is a two-way thing,” says musician Sanket Rao,whose band has played at popular hang outs like ABC farms in the city,adding,”First it gives the band visibility. Secondly. it helps to draw more patrons to the place as it offers a lot more than just a good ambiance and a good dining venue. These days it is all about being able to entertain people and letting them have a good time.”