The Royal Opera House, Brought to life BY Abha Narain Lambah, is buzzing thanks to the quarter

Quarter for me! That would be the response of any environment-loving citizen of Mumbai – thanks to Sundaze at The Quarter, the vibrant new space at The Royal Opera House. Held once every month, it’s the place to be if you want to have a field day – at The Farmer’s Market on the lawns, alongside the beer garden and hot dog, taco or pizza stands. You could even shop for solar panels and potted micro greens while listening to music.

Each of the four distinctive spaces at The Quarter offers something different. At the launch of this event, the Live space showcased a documentary called Dispossessed, followed by a Q&A with the film-maker. Visitors learnt how to do their bit for the planet through workshops and talks on sustainability, kitchen farming and waste management. But what made it a truly Green Day, was that all the waste generated through the festival will be turned into compost that The Quarter will use to fertilise the gardens of The Royal Opera house.

Evocative of a 1950s art deco jazz bar, Live at The Quarter hosts performances every night, each of them curated by music industry veterans and The Quarter co-founders, Ranjit Barot and Ashu Phatak. From special one-night-only sets by the best live acts from across India and around the globe to tributes to jazz legends with a special Quarter twist to masterclasses, Live at The Quarter gives music fans a reason to make a gig at The Quarter a daily ritual. A music venue that puts the music first, Live at The Quarter boasts state-of-the-art acoustics that were evident at the screening of West Side Story, part of the programming of Quarter Reels.

Soul food meets jazz sounds at the alfresco Dine at the Quarter, which serves a unique Louisiana Creole cuisine-inspired menu, the first of its kind in Mumbai. Designed by restaurateur and The Quarter co-founder Nico Goghavala, the menu, prepared with locally sourced ingredients and greens, herbs and edible flowers grown on the in-house walled vertical garden, features classic dishes such as jambalaya and southern fried chicken.

With upright chandeliers and bevelled mirrors, Drink at The Quarter exudes the grandeur and elegance of another era. Filled with natural light from the large bay windows, the bright and warm all-day Café at the Quarter is where you go when you are looking for a spot for quiet contemplation in the morning, want to catch up with friends for lunch during the afternoon, or would like to get a quick bite before a show in the evening. The menu features fresh, local produce, and comprises a carefully curated selection of single-estate coffees, artisanal sandwiches, seasonal salads and house-made pastas served in a shabby chic setting.

Author : Maria Louis

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