According to our good, though sometimes, unreliable friend, Wiki, ‘International Friendship Day’ was first proposed in 1958 in Paraguay. Initially created by—of course!—the greeting card industry, it is a popular celebration in several South American countries. Thanks to the Internet and networking sites, it is said to have spread to countries like India, Bangladesh and Malaysia. Now, you don’t even have to spend money on greeting cards, just wish your pals online!
Since friendship cannot be confined to a specific day, there are varying views on when it is celebrated. Wiki tells us that the first World Friendship Day was proposed for July 30 in 1958, by the World Friendship Crusade, and that the United Nations declared this date as the International Friendship Day. In Ohio, they celebrate it on April 8 and in India, it is the first Sunday of August. Whatever the correct date may be globally, let’s raise a toast to these special bonds!
Hitchki celebrates Ladies Night and Friendship Day by offering unlimited IMFL cocktails from 8pm to 10pm. You can also win vouchers worth Rs 1000 from Jean Claude Biguine and The Four Fountains Spa. So kick back those heels, and paint the town red with your girlfriends!
Where HITCHKI Powai, G5 Transocean, Hiranandani Business Park, Powai (call 8291788008) BKC, Unit No.002, First International Financial Centre, G-Block, BKC Road (call 8291932807); Thane, Ground Floor, Viviana Mall, Majiwada, Thane West. (call 8291932809).
When Sunday, August 5
Renaissance Mumbai At Renaissace Mumbai, enjoy brunch with the sensational view of Powai lake. Relax by the poolside pre or post your brunch—a great way to spend Sunday afternoon.
When August 5
Where Fratelli Fresh Restaurant
Timing 12.30 pm to 3.00 pm
* Non-alcoholic brunch – Rs 2500 + taxes | Alcoholic Champagne brunch – Rs 4000 + taxes
Aromas Cafe celebrates the spirit of everlasting friendships with their F.R.I.E.N.D.S menu on August 3, 4 and 5. In a tribute to the popular TV sitcom, they are offering Monica's Lasagna, Ross' Falafel, Phoebe’s Veg Caesar Salad, and Joey's Meat Feast Pizza for the mains. For those with a sweet tooth, there’s Grandma's Special Phoebe's Chocolate Cookie and Chandler's and Rachel's New York Baked Cheesecake.
Pair your meals with Chandler's Coffee Americano, Phoebe's Mimosa, Ross's Ice Tea and Monica's Cafe Latte. Rachel never got the orders right, but Aromas Cafe promises that it will!
Where Aromas Cafe (All outlets)
When August 3, 4 and 5
The Daily Bar & Kitchen At the Daily Bar & Kitchen, reminisce the good ol' times over cocktails and drink the afternoon away, because “no great story ever began with being sober”, the good folk at the restaurant say. Amuse your palate with the four-course menu at Rs 1900++ and leave space for the Nutella sea salt pancakes.
Where The Daily Bar & Kitchen
When Aug 5
The Orchid The Boulevard’ at The Orchid Hotel is hosting brunch with exciting offers. Choose from Indian, Continental and Asian cuisine with discounts ranging from 25% for a group of four to 50% for a table of 12. Don’t forget to pick up your favourite drink from the bar to accompany your nibbles with the ‘Buy 1 & Get 1 offer’.
Where Boulevard, The Orchid Hotel, 70/C, Nehru Road, Vile Parle (East).
When August 5, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Price Rs 1999 (Inclusive of taxes)
Contact 26164000/ 8433967882
JW Café offers a a lavish epicurean brunch at the all-day dining restaurant at the JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar. The spread includes gourmet world cuisine, multiple live stations and childhood favourites.
Savour the good times at the Candy Floss station, Flavoured Popcorns, Gourmet Risotto as well as a live Maggi station. From the Italian station try homemade Tagliatelli and Spinach stuffed Manti. Japanese specials like Kushi Katsu and Tempura are also on the menu. Or opt for the Live Thai Satays with a variety of meats and vegetables. If you want to stay with desi food, the Indian station has Palak Paneer and Aloo Gobi made fresh on the tawa. There are lots of desserts to choose from too!
Where Brunch at JW Café
When August 5, 12:30pm–3:30 pm
Price Brunch buffet (per person, plus taxes) Rs 2,900; Alcohol-inclusive package Rs 4,000; Champagne-inclusive package Rs 4,800.
Contact 2853 8656 or 98990 44652