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Monday , March 4 , 2013
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Smoke Shack opened with a Silent Party on Friday night.

An open-air barbecue restaurant with an jacuzzi-equipped infinity pool, deck chairs for sunbathing and wooden sidewalks — welcome to Smoke Shack, a “loungy” dine den on the seventh floor of Park Plaza, the month-old hotel at 17 Garcha 1st Lane (near Pantaloons, Gariahat).

“The idea for Smoke Shack came from the beaches of Goa. We wanted to give guests in Calcutta a feel of Goa,” said Mukti Gupta, director, Mukti Group.

The infinity pool; Klink, the dance floor. Pictures: Rashbehari Das

The 34-seater restaurant spread over 2,000sq ft that was formally opened on Friday “will soon expand to 6,000sq ft” by the end of March. “We will extend it across the entire terrace and introduce bigger island and corner bars,” said Vinay Nair, general manager, Park Plaza.

While the use of wood and muted colours give the restaurant a warm, natural look, black leather on the dance floor, Klink, adds a chic touch. “Either you go to a club or to a restaurant. Here, we have clubbed the two,” said Vinay.

“Our menu has both classical and contemporary options. One must try our lobsters,” said executive chef Suman Chakraborty.

Help yourself to Mushroom and Green Onion Tikki, Tandoori Pomfret, Barbecued Corn with Garlic and Chilli Butter, Tenderloin Steaks and Pork Chops as you sip on your preferred poison. Expect flare bartenders, fire jugglers and even bonfires to heat things up.

Smoke Shack is open from 7pm to 11.30pm. A meal for two costs Rs 4,000-plus.

Silent Noise makes some noise!

Silent Noise was conceived in Goa. Described as “India’s original headphone party”, the concept first evolved as a way to work around the “ban on amplified noise” in 2006. Revellers are hooked to wireless headphones that relay the music played by DJs.

After rocking Goa and Mumbai, it entered Calcutta in December 2012, with the first Silent Noise Party being held at The Park’s garage.

Smoke Shack’s maiden Silent Noise Party on Friday was held on the terrace. Arjun Vagale of Jalebee Cartel took control of the console as the party animals, hooked to their headphones, danced the night away.

What they liked

“Though the concept of Silent Noise is still new in Calcutta, this is great fun,” smiled Shaheb Bhattacherjee with Arunima Ghosh by his side. “I like this place mainly because it’s open-air. I can drop in anytime to chill with friends and family as I stay right here at Gariahat,” said Arunima.

“I loved the pool area, it looks so good. I also enjoyed dancing to DJ Neon, who was playing at Klink,” said Neha Panda, who was there with friends.

“I’m really happy since finally there’s a party spot near my house. The very feel of this place is amazing,” smiled Koneenica.