What: Launch of Komal Soods new store.
Where: South City Mall.
When: January 28.
On the shelves: This 700-sq-ft store at South City is one of the smaller ones at the mall. Yet, with its high ceilings, minimalist decor of white walls and well-lit glass racks, it works well as a showcase for designer Komal Soods clothes and accessories.
The store unveiled a Luxury Pret Line from Kyra as well as Soods own line of Indo-western wear. My outfits are in rich and vibrant colours with a classic appeal, said Sood. The designs are simple and structured with a collection of saris, corsets, kurtis, tunics and skirts with surface embellishment in the form of gota, zardosi, Swarovski and sequins. The line is formal and the bling is balanced by the clean lines, making them right for a trousseau or glamourous evening out.
The concept of luxury pret is extended through the label Kyra that includes party wear and trendy clothes from around the world.
Apart from this, encrusted sandals, metallic and diamante-studded clutches and earrings from local designers provide a complete evening-wear solution.
Voiceover: This is the flagship store under the brand Komal Sood and we are still experimenting with designs and looks. Our priority is to provide a range of options that are timeless, dressy as well as affordable, concluded Sood.
Pocket pinch: The outfits from the Komal Sood label start at Rs 3,950 and go upto Rs 14,000 whereas prices for the Kyra line are between Rs 500 and Rs 8,000.
New year bites
What: Chinese food festival.
Where: The Wall, 31 Dr Sarat Banerjee Road, Calcutta.
When: February 6 to 10.
On the menu: Celebrate the Chinese New Year with the special menu designed for the occasion. Rich with the symbols of the Year of the Rat like lobster and crab (symbolising family reunion), oranges (wealth), noodles (long life) and dried bean curd (happiness), the options range from the exotic to the traditional.
Check out the range of soups and starters that include Lao Ha Thong (thick crabmeat soup flavoured with wine), Rice Congee with Crab Meat and Fish Ball, Choy Shoi Kwa Thong (a spicy clear soup flavoured with lemongrass and vegetable dumplings), Bread and Prawn Roll wrapped in Seaweed and Deep Fried Prawn and Apple Roll served with orange and lemongrass dressing. For the main course pick from Xia Ren Dou Fu (jumbo prawn cooked in crabmeat sauce topped with bean curd flakes), Spare Ribs Pepper Salt and Sichuan Vegetable Noodles with Peanut Sauce. The health conscious can opt for the soup, salad and steamboat option to watch the calories.
End with desserts like Tangerine Orange Souffle and Chinese New Year Rice Pudding.
In keeping with the spirit of the season, the restaurant has also introduced fortune cookies.
The decor will compliment the festivities with lanterns, blossoms and platters of oranges, tangerines, a candy tray with dried fruit as well as paper hangings with Chinese couplets adorning the walls.
Pocket pinch: A meal for two during the festival would cost approximately Rs 800.
Voiceover: This Chinese food festival is a concept specially designed for those who want to lead a healthy life as well as enjoy an authentic and good meal, concluded Chef Sushanta Sengupta.