Aaira: a royal cui­sine with a ma­jes­tic mi­lieu


A aira, the fine din­ing In­dian restau­rant from the house of Myx, was re­cently in­au­gu­rated at Park Street, Kolkata. Lo­cated on the first floor, the sixty seater restau­rant is spread over an ap­prox­i­mate area of 2,000 sq ft which has been con­cep­tu­alised and de­signed by renowned in­te­rior de­signer Ajay Is­sar. As one en­ters the restau­rant, the tran­quil driz­zle of the wall-wa­ter foun­tain wel­comes the food lovers into a re­gal set­ting. The mar­ble floor with an in­lay pat­tern of semi-pre­cious stones re­sem­bling the lo­tus theme trans­ports one to the grand Nawab palaces of the Mughal era. Adding the flam­boy­ance to the walls are the framed pais­leys hand­crafted in Zardozi; an art form that re­ceived im­mense bene­fac­tion un­der the Mughal em­peror Ak­bar. A stately am­biance has been cre­ated with the dis­play of doors and win­dows which re­sem­ble the Jaafri works of Ra­jasthani palaces, es­pe­cially with the em­bel­lish­ments in brass en­grav­ings and popular mo­tifs of birds and flow­ers. Speak­ing about the con­cept, Is­sar shares with VM&RD, “The main con­cept was to cre­ate an ul­ti­mate royal dé­cor, for which we se­lected the lo­tus mo­tif that ac­tu­ally runs in the whole in­te­rior. We have tried to build a very cosy en­vi­ron­ment which is re­ally con­sumer friendly and it can at­tract all the age-groups. Even the bar-area is at one cor­ner done with at­trac­tive onyx stone and glass, but at the same time it is a lit­tle un­ob­tru­sive be­cause the place caters to the fam­ily crowd at large. Thus, we cre­ated a more pri­vate and pleas­ant am­bi­ence as a whole with the gold and sil­ver hues which mix beau­ti­fully and give a soft look and tone.” The el­e­gant theme con­tin­ues to the wall images that have tra­di­tional In­dian de­signs em­broi­dered in red and sil­ver tones. Also the tufted golden chairs and so­fas with milky mar­ble tops en­sure a com­fort­able yet stylish ex­pe­ri­ence. Co-owned by Prem Bham­bani, Ab­hishek Ka­jaria and DJ Vicky Methara­mani, the group has pre­vi­ously launched the hap­pen­ing night club Myx on the fifth floor and the ori­en­tal themed restau­rant Chilli Wok on the sec­ond floor. Speak­ing about the cui­sine, DJ Vicky shares, “Aaira of­fers clas­sic In­dian dishes and the din­ers may try var­i­ous flavours right from Pun­jab and Awadh and sam­ple au­then­tic Mugh­lai spe­cial­ties from Kashmir, Lucknow, Ben­gal and Hy­der­abad and also savour the spices of Tamil Nadu and Ker­ala. Also the USP of Aaira is its po­si­tion, and for the food con­nois­seurs they will have dif­fer­ent types of cui­sine all un­der one roof. We are soon launch­ing the OTT (over the top) hookah and lounge bar and Out of D’ World which will serve Ital­ian and Le­banese food.” Speak­ing on the launch, Prem Bham­bani said, “The re­sponse to Myx and Chilli Wok by Kolkata has been over­whelm­ing. And we wish to of­fer a new gem with the launch Aaira. We hope to con­tinue our high stan­dards of qual­ity and ser­vice and as­sure our pa­trons that the taste of our lat­est restau­rant will linger much beyond.”

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