Fine dining is an occasional treat for most people. ~ Rene Redzepi
Having great food in an exceptional restaurant in the company of our loved ones is an experience that most of us cherish. Last month, I had met up with my college classmates for our silver jubilee alumni meet. It was an out and out fun experience sitting out in sunshine and dining with old classmates at a club resort in Delhi, while recalling the memories of our college days.
We decided to meet up once each year thereafter in a different city, and so we zeroed in on a few of the finest dining places. Friends, who are now settled in different places suggested their local favourites. So, the list that emerged included some of the finest restaurants in different parts of the world. The top 5 names that came up are as follows.
Woodpecker at Aamby Valley in Maharashtra : Being from Mumbai, I had put forth the name of this stylishly designed world cuisine restaurant, which overlooks a water body, and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.
Cloud 9, at Grand Hyatt, Shanghai: This was suggested by a batch mate who had flown in all the way from Shanghai for the alumni meet. The restaurant, located on the 87th floor of the magnificent Jinmao Tower in Shanghai offers a great collection of champagnes and sparkling wines, sweet and savory snacks, and a 360 degree view of the city.
The third name that came up was Aqua Shard, near Tower Bridge in central London. While dining you can enjoy the view of London’s riverside cityscape stretching from Tower Bridge to the London Eye.
The other two in the list included Tresind at Dubai, famous for its “chaat” platter and “dhokla”, and Pan Asian at ITC Grand Chola in Chennai , known for its spread of Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Thai delicacies
Sometimes such indulgences may seem redundant, particularly at times when one is financially stretched. But there’s no reason to constrain yourself if you manage your finances well in a way that allows you for such fine experiences.
One such smart investment method is to opt for a SIP investment plan, which requires you to invest a certain sum of money every month in a mutual fund over a period of time, thus inducing a disciplined approach to investment. Furthermore, if you increase your SIP amount by 5% – 10 % every year, you can amass a substantially higher corpus after 10 years. Needless to say that one should look at some of the top SIP plans to choose from. Sabse Important Plan by Birla Sun Life is one such SIP mutual fund which can be counted among the best mutual funds for SIP.
By investing regularly, not only do you keep up with the rising inflation, but you also do not have to compromise on your choice of lifestyle and can celebrate happy occasions in the best of the places, with your loved ones.
Dreaming after all is a form of planning.” Gloria Steinem