R-city, the newest mall to dot the otherwise banal landscape of Ghatkopar is a place that lives up to its name – it is a city, in fact a world in itself. Its arrival is a boon to the entertainment starved Powai resident and has significantly reduced his/her trips to Mulund and Bandra to fulfil these needs. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to state that it’s construction was one of the most eagerly tracked and anticipated events this side of the suburbs. When the huge mall finally opened its doors for business sometime last year, it did not disappoint.
R city, a part of the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group’s foray into the retail sector, is a massive semi-circular structure with a gleaming steel and glass facade and gurgling fountains that lures visitors with the promise of fun, food, fashion and films for the entire family. Nearly a year after inauguration, new shops and eateries are still being added each month.
The ground floor has an eclectic mix of famous names likes Reebok, Lifestyle, Globus, Marks and Spencers, UCB, Pantaloons, Hidesign, The Body Shop etc. And some relatively unknown but surprisingly good finds like the fashion label ‘Only’
There is Croma and the Bose showroom for gizmo buffs; and Reliance Gold for those who have an insatiable appetite for the yellow metal.
There is Fabindia, Good Things and Cotton world for casual clothes. There is Jashn for sarees; Homestop and Tresorie for brightening up your homes.
There are some unique concept stores like ‘Ethnicity’ which as the name suggests, promises to be a one stop shop for everything Indian (clothes, accessories, furniture and home decor items). Its bazaar style decor and interiors adds to its charm.
The Reebok kids store is a must visit for parents of little children. The tiny size zero (no reference to Kareena Kapoor here) shoes for babies who can barely walk and toddlers are difficult to resist buys even for those who don’t have babies or toddlers.
There is AromaThai, a reflexology chain that regular patrons warn can become addictive. A 30 minute oil-free or hot-oil massage could be the perfect solution for shop-weary feet.
While the first two floors cater to the shoppers, the third floor is dedicated to the movie and food buffs. There is of course the ubiquitous food court that is now a compulsory part of every mall, with its usual Chaat, Pizza, Frankie, Rolls, Kebab outlets and ice cream joints in addition to eateries catering to the South Indian, Punjabi and Coastal palates. Stand alone restaurants include Rajdhani, The Bowl House, Subway and Casa Mia among others.
Many regulars consider the multiplex the crowning glory of the mall. There are 7 regular screens and one 180degree Cine-diner. The cine diner must be the most decadent way to watch film, lying flat on plush recliners, with indulgent staff fussing over you with cushions, drinks, dinner options and what have you. There are just 48 seats in the Cine Diner, and the placement is such that the staff serving dinner does not hinder those engrossed in the film. It is a great experience, but at Rs.500 per ticket, doesn’t come cheap, especially when one has to pay separately for the food. But it may be worth a onetime visit or maybe best reserved for a special occasion.
The mall is reasonably packed on weekdays and overflowing on weekends. The 5 level car-park is a blessing in disguise. Security is tight, but in the sensitive times we live in, nobody seems to be complaining. The 30 rupees for parking is also willingly dispensed with.
On the whole, R city has been well worth the wait for the patient Powai residents who has had to put up with limited options for far too long.
The above article was written by Kundhavi who blogs at http://jest-kk.blogspot.com/