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In the `Mischief' for food

`Mischief', the latest restaurant in the city, promises great food. It also has an exclusive place for private parties as well.

SPIC AND SPAN: Suniel Shetty in the kitchen. — Photos: K. Ramesh Babu

GOING by the title one would surely think it is a prank played. But it is the name of the latest restaurant in the city. In fact it is film star-cum-restaurateur Suniel Shetty's first venture in Hyderabad situated in the bustling area of Abids - the fourth level of MPM Mall. However, the noise pollution does not percolate inside the 5000 square feet restaurant. The restaurant derives its name from a clothes line called Mischief launched by Suniel Shetty some years ago. Since the clothes did good business Suniel decided to stretch the title to food as well.

The restaurant has a very Oriental feel - Zen symbols on the walls, a big reclining Buddha (on the lines of the one in Bangkok), masks (from Indonesia), porcelain elephants and many small knick-knacks give you a sprinkling of South-East Asia. There are two big fish tanks as well (given the fad for these today on account of Feng Shui, it is not surprising). For once there is a free spacious passage. Bright lighting is an added asset. One does not have to grope in the dark and wonder what one is eating. The flooring is not slippery - it is a mixture of wood and tiles. There is also a special room for a private bash for about 15-20 people. It has a bar and a karaoke. People can really chill out in this room.

Very few places give you this kind of atmosphere. "I want families with children (emphasising on children) to come and spend time here. I have left a lot of open space for children to run around," says Suniel Shetty. The restaurant can seat about 90-100 people. The interiors are designed by Sunil Pillai.

Suniel is proud of his restaurant and he even shows off his kitchen which is equipped with all the modern gadgets.

ORIENTAL FEEL: There is sprinkling of South-East Asia.

The variety is extensive and the menu card engrossing. The veg and non-veg fare is exotic yet earthy and wholesome. While Indian cuisine occupies most of the menu for the discerning eater and gourmet there is a sprinkling of Chinese, Indonesian, Malaysian and Italian. The rotis and curries co-exist with the pasta, noodles and satays. "We have the best of chefs here and they can handle any food festival and outdoor catering as well," says Suniel who may introduce food festivals in course of time.

It goes without saying that such a restaurant will surely have a bar. "I would be happy to see children sitting on the stools sipping their mocktails which will surely outnumber the cocktails," says Suniel.

What would be of interest to many is the upper portion of the restaurant which is still being done up. This large area will be partly open and there will be a dance floor as well. Children can enjoy dancing under a `star-lit' sky.

This is great for a private party as the area can hold about 200 people. Suniel Shetty plans to have a number of events like musicals, stand-up comedy and private screenings.

Suniel Shetty is a successful restaurateur and judging by the effort he has put into Mischief it may well be a happening restaurant of the twin cities attracting star clientele as well. For all those who are shopping in Abids this one is a safe bet for lunch or dinner without parking woes.


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