The Venue Characterised as the home of the fictitious Mohini Singh – played by Prachi Mishra, Femina Miss India Earth 2012 – Little Miss India invites diners into her mansion, where they can feast on authentic cuisine in the formal dining room, relax with digestifs in the botanical lounge, and enjoy marina views from its terrace at The Fairmont The Palm, made street-wise with a colourful Indian taxi bus protruding from the wall.
The Design The eclectic, colourful interiors were designed by Strickman Tribe, inspired by the story of Mohini’s upbringing among wealthy spice traders and her travels, designing distinct spaces with a vibrant fusion of worldly mementoes, heirlooms and colonial-style pieces. Guests arrive through a vintage archway complete with peeling blue paint, to one side off the checkered-floored terrace. The lounge-dining area imitates a tropical glasshouse with a ceiling festooned with hanging blossoms and large potted plants. The space mixes bold patterns and colour with Cole & Son’s statement Miami wallpaper (patterned with greenery and checkered floors that match the lounge), blue velvet sofas, wicker lounge chairs and classic bag chandeliers. The focal point is the back end of the bright taxi bus converted into a bar, and you can’t miss the life-size leopard. The dining room is a more formal affair but no less quirky. A dado rail adds a period touch, complemented by a mural of Indian temples, brass fittings and vintage mirrors. A gallery wall features framed portraits of owls, monkeys and flamingoes dressed in military uniform from the Ottoman Empire and regal gowns and crowns. Opposite this, the open kitchen dazzles with bright blue subway tiles and a distressed mirrored frontage stenciled with a signature Indian leaf pattern. Mementoes from Mohini’s travels accessorise the room, including patterned urns, framed jewellery, gramophones and leather bound books. Art Deco touches throughout lighten the Indian aesthetic – look for wide chairs with fluted backrests, peacock-feather wall sconces, marble and brass tables, patterned room dividers and spherical glass and brass lights.
The Experience As well as being character-led, Little Miss India is a wonderful design-orientated venue, recreating Mohini’s “home” and celebrating traditional homemade Indian cuisine – ‘food our grandmothers made’, said our waiter. Choose the oversized blue velvet tub chairs with a view of the beaten-brass tandoor ovens so you can see the chefs at work. The menu – from the deliciously spiced beverages to the fresh breads and tantalising marinades – lives up to Mohini’s background story of spices, travel and generations of the Singh family enjoying heart-warming food that’s enjoyed from all corners of India.