First Look At Ellipsis

April 4, 2012 10:39 am by

Ever since rumours about Villa 39’s impending demise began swirling around—a mere year after the Italian fine dining restaurant opened in a 100-year old heritage building in Colaba—speculation has been rife over what will replace it. Information, as it is wont to do, leaked but many of the details were more closely guarded than a Swiss bank account. Then, when the Voltaggio brothers—they would be the American siblings best known in the US for their stint on popular TV show Top Chef—began tweeting about their involvement last year, foodies went into salivation overdrive. “It’s better to keep expectations low,” says Ranbir Batra, 27, a partner who along with Rohan Talwar, also 27, took over the space last March. The name, as you probably gauged from the headline, is Ellipsis (as in the three dots that follow incomplete sentences). It was chosen because it suggests “that there’s more to come, and that the experience is more than meets the eye,” says Talwar.

During our visit to the new restaurant, Batra and he remained guarded, loath still to reveal too many details. This much, however, they will confirm: the interiors have been executed by Thomas Schoos, the award-winning German designer who can count the slick confines of Morimoto in Napa, Tao in New York, and Koi in Los Angeles in his portfolio. The inside of Ellipsis bears a look that sits 180 degrees from the ambivalent white and silver decor of its predecessor. Schoos was instructed to make the place “inviting and sexy”, something he’s interpreted by turning the split-level 5,500 square foot restaurant into a part living room-style lounge and an informal dining area decorated with eclectic light sconces, custom wooden furniture and tiles, and framed oil paintings sourced from around the world. The lounge is kitted with a shaggy rug, vast leather chairs and comfy sofas while the upstairs dining area, with its mismatched wooden furniture, holds a chef’s table built around a kitchen. The private dining room, situated at the back, is undeniably the trump card, more parts secret study than actual dining area, with vintage furnishings (and more art objects than you can shake a stick at) and a private bartender at your disposal. Don’t miss Schoos’s upturned bouquets of light bulbs that are placed here and scattered around the restaurant.

His hand is literally splashed all through the space, in the form of a giant black and beige mural that runs along most walls and jostles for attention with the furniture and art. Talwar and Batra did not reveal menu details (it’s “modern American cuisine”, says Talwar) and only shared that Bryan and Michael Voltaggio served as consultants through the development of the project, and were instrumental in the training of the staff, the menu conception and the placing of the chef de cuisine Rupam Bhagat (a Bombay boy recently returned after working with the Voltaggios) and the sous chef James Palm (who comes from having worked at NoMI in Chicago among other Michelin-starred restaurants). The cocktail menu—overseen by 26-year-old mixologist Jenna Bredesen, who worked at the Pegu Club in New York—was designed by restaurant consultants Alex Day and David Kaplan (Kaplan owns famed New York bar Death & Co., an establishment rated highly for its “killer” cocktails).

That Talwar and Batra have spared no expense is immediately apparent (expectedly they declined to give a figure)—even the uniforms of the staff have the designer stamp of approval, having been tailored by Arjun Khanna. The price points, they tell us, will sit somewhere between “Indigo and Hakkasan” and for now, the restaurant will function only for dinner and as a cocktail lounge.

Ellipsis is slated to open on Tuesday, April 10 at 7pm.

NB. This post has been updated to reflect the new opening date.

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Ellipsis

LocationB-1 Amarchand Mansion
16 Madame Cama Road
Colaba

Phone6621 3333

HoursDaily, 7pm to 1.30am

Comments (21)

  1. Jason |

    forgot to mention table is where it happened….had a great meal at royal china, thai pavillion, india jones and ellipses, this trip…..will never again visit the “so called best chef in India. i was told to go to “table” by my concierge AND NEVER AGAIN WILL I LISTEN TO A CONCIERGE IN INDIA

  2. Jason |

    really? where is the real chef who set this up and left apparently…most disgusting meal seeing this so called chef alex smoke a cig outside…never again….where do i go to get a legit meal in this city…feel like puking thinking of a chef smoke and cook my food…never again

  3. Dave Adams |

    Congrats to almost famous Ranbir Batra, who has finally made it to full on famous status. He has really gone above and beyond with his efforts on this new project. Of course he could not have done this without the help and support of his life partner Jason.

  4. Sameer |

    This has got to be the best restaurant in the country. It’s on par with the best in the world ! A cocktail bar to rival the bars in New York ! and a never seen before decor! Ellipsis rocks! Thanks guys !

  5. The Emperor |

    I just had the most expensive crap-food I’ve ever eaten in Bombay. My experience tonight reminds me of a tale I read my children: “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. People want to believe something is good because they’re paying big money for it. Well, I’m not going to be one of those idiots. I will pay for great food, but I don’t like being cheated. I had three sliders that all sucked, some steak, some drinks, and nearly had to give up schooling for one of my children to pay the bill. Add to that I left unsatisfied and no one asked me how my meal was at any point throughout the night. These 2 spoiled brats may think it’s fun playing with Daddy’s money but it’s obvious they have no clue what they’re doing. Oh, and where are these Voltaggio brothers? Do they know how bad the food is? Did they compete on Top Chef or Top Shit?

  6. Sanjeev Kapoor |

    Went there last night. Soft opening. It was an amazing amazing experience.

    The decor was fantastic the food yummy.

    Cocktails to die for.

    Well done boys. It’s gonna be my favourite haunt.

  7. Roger |

    ho hum
    A venture to keep a pair of 27yr olds happy, score some “entrepreneur” points on their resume and vigorously burn some Swiss Bank exited cash.
    The net result: just a footnote in Mumbai’s food scene.

  8. Radhika |

    Ellipsis was truly a gastronomic delight for me. A must visit for lovers of popular american cuisine

  9. Priya |

    Had a unique dining experience at the new lounge bar Ellipsis in Colaba. The cuisine though resticted is delectable. The mouth watering popular American dishes tickled my taste buds & tantalized my palate.

  10. Sameer Patel |

    I am sure it is nice. I just think the location is Jinxed….First Flags, then Villa39…Now this place. I wish them luck

  11. shilpam |

    i remember when Indigo opened there was a lot of talk about how ‘New Yorky’ the place was and now again the same obsessive want to be like a chic NY club and/or restaurant. To be fair, have not been there so cannot really comment on the place or the food or the cocktails but a large number of people from all over including Delhi love the way we party/eat out in Mumbai, so why can’t we have places more centric to our sense of design, taste and likes, do we have to go the NY way or the Sanfran way. If the service is great and the food tastes good after a pregaming session at home/club followed by a couple with the khana and the wife likes the salad and desert and feels better dressed than some other women besides being atleast reasonably priced.. you got it made, we’ll be there..often, no matter if it is new yorky or not :)

  12. Divya |

    Thank you Rohan Talwar for such a fab experience !! I cannot tell u how happy it has made me and my family to have such a stunning place in south Bombay for dinners and cocktails.. Out goes the 5 star hotels!!

  13. namrata |

    Phenomenal lounge & Bar. Was Rocking last nite

  14. shweta |

    Unusually Pleasureable dining experience, high quality and amazing food. Heady mix of Eclectic cocktails & mocktails & energizing surroundings. Fab place- best in the city if not in the country.

  15. madmaxlazarus |

    rohan talwar’s passion shows. he has created something so unique. the decor, the cuisine … outstanding !!! i know this place will rock !!!

  16. Nitin |

    I think the place is going to be awesome. I’m a big fan of Tao and love the concept of a trendy hangout in Colaba for modern American cuisine.
    The location is great and the fact that the owners have put so much thought and detail into the place makes me really want to go check it out and kick back a few cocktails!

  17. was the best in the city this place looks like palace in morocoo
    good job batra,see u again.

  18. Gaurav |

    I give em 12 months..no restaurants can survive this kind of excess. remember Tote…

  19. Priya |

    I am most excited for this. Been hearing such fab things about it!! Cant wait to try….. Finally a decent restaurant in this city

  20. studney |

    what a joke. Yet more overpriced fake New York crap. they should prepare to meet their doom, like that stupid pretentious place Villa 39 did.

  21. Jack |

    Talwar has spent nearly $3 million on the decor! Even if he runs at full capacity for for 3 years, he won’t make his money back!! Apparently, his break even point is in excess of 1 crore per month!