China House at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Mumbai was the go-to night club for people who wanted to party the night away, for nearly a decade. But now it’s been relaunched as a lounge.
I remember attending the launch of China House, many moons ago, and I immediately knew that this nightclub at Mumbai’s famed Grand Hyatt Hotel would become one of my most favourite haunts in the city.
The ambience, the friendly staff (like Vaibhav, behind the bar), the music (especially when DJ Amit Makwana played into the wee hours) and the food were things I looked forward to experiencing whenever I wanted to have a happy night out with my gang.
But like all things in life, change was inevitable and China House shut down earlier this year, for renovations.
They even had an amazing “break-down” party to bid goodbye to the old where the amiable management promised us a new and improved experience when they reopen.
Last week, I was happy to be invited for a private preview of the all new China House Lounge and was absolutely thrilled to come back to a place that felt like a home away from home.
So what’s changed?? Well to begin with it’s no more just a night club. It is a lounge which is open on all days of the week from 1700 hours to 0200 hours. The food and beverage offerings have also evolved to embrace the best of global flavors and signature cocktail experiences.
The menu too has evolved from just Chinese food. It has been crafted by Chef Jef Foster and showcases the best of modern Indian and London inspired cuisine served with a twist. But our old favourites from the original Chinese menu are still on the list, like the Peking Duck Bao.
Interesting are the cocktail rituals which are inspired from the prohibition era and come with a classic quirky twist (the glass is wrapped in a newspaper) making them conversation starters.
As for the interiors, we were mesmerised with the lighting design. One of the strongest design interventions at China House has been a re-invention of the way lights have been used across to engage and disrupt the entire experience. The lights encompass the entire range of a nightclub from a romantic twinkling of the stars to an all out late night experience.
Make sure you head over and experience all this and more during the upcoming festive season.