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    The newly-opened Vapor lounge bar at Feathers offers hearty meals and polyscience smoked cocktails.

    JOINING the league of recently opened watering holes in the city (such as Radio Room and Ink 303) is the three-month-old Feathers Hotel’s upscale lounge bar, Vapor. With its official launch today, Anupam Dutta, assistant beverage manager, tells us that unlike its competitors, their space offers an interesting mix of bar culture and culinary wizardry featuring the likes of polyscience smoked and oak barrel-aged cocktails. The relaxed 88-seater space also has an additional open air cabana for two, with a minimalist and chic design, courtesy New York-based Meagan Jacobi of Cobico Designs.

    Raise a toast
    A sneak peak into their repertoire found me favouring the Melrose Martini, with its infusion of apple wood-smoked vodka, along with Indian spices and a garnish of star anise. But then I discovered the Kiwimania cocktail—with its mix of white wine, fresh kiwi and a hint of mint topped with a molecular kiwi foam—the drink emerges as the clear winner. Other must-try concoctions include Drop the Blood (tequila with beetroot and a punch of ginger), Break Free (the bar’s twist on the Bloody Mary) and the whisky-based Maple Sour (cedar wood smoked Scotch along with a hint of maple and lemonade), which is served in an old-school flask, allowing you to drink at your own pace. In addition to these, the wine menu includes a selection of both old world and new world options. “We have the classic French and Italian options as well as collections from Australia, Chile and California,” elaborates Dutta.

    Mains and music
    Moving on to the bites at our table, the mutton seekh kebab is the perfect accompaniment to a single malt, while the jumbo panko fried prawns with Wasabi mayo make a great finger-food option. Executive chef Lawrence Amalraj recommends the Panko crumbed maravalli kilangu sukku cutlet and murgh malai falooda for the starters —which could even be meals in themselves. Amalraj tells us that offering filling and wholesome food options is part of their USP here. And sure enough the King fish and prawn skewers and the barbeque-pulled chicken burger for mains pay testimony to that claim. The delicious Irish coffee creme brûlée and the classic tiramisu make for perfect sweet endings. On weekdays, expect retro music while weekends will see live performances by the likes of American guitarist Jeff Loomis and progressive rock band Skyharbor.

    Rs 2,800 for two approx.
    Details: 66776969

    — Simar Bhasin

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