Q ended up giving me sleepless night for the lack of options to write on. So I decided to feature one of the latest offerings of the city in tems of the mall cuture – Q for Quest Mall.
Quest Mall –
Located on Syed Amir Ali Avenue in Park Circus area of Kolkata, Quest Mall is a new addition to the city that already boasts of Forum Mall, Acropolis Mall, South City Mall, Mani Square and the two City Centre Malls. Yet what stands out in this luxury retail hub is the huge number of international brands that have launched their stores here. Its impressive facade is a mesmerizing interplay of solar-powered lighting against a modern and energetic asymmetrical structure – inspired by India’s varied culture and natural beauty. With a shopping area of 730,000 sq ft and parking for 1,300 vehicle, it is one of the largest malls in the city.
The sleek entrance to the mall has a fountain that changes color as per the lighting offering a gorgeous view to the visitors. The ground floor is home to most of the reputed international brands like Burberry, Jimmy Choo and Gucci. The rest of the floors have an equal range of impressive outlets of the likes of The Body Shop, Allen Solly, Fab India among others. Starmarks is a book lovers delight.
A Spencers outlet and a children’s play zone Kool Kidz are located in the basement. Inox Insignia is the desired place for movies.
The fourth floor has a food court with outlets of KFC, Pizza Hut among others. Chili’s Grill and Bar restaurant serving American – Continental cuisine is also located on the same floor.
The fifth floor has an array of fine dining restaurants that makes it a preferred hub for food lovers. From Bombay Brasserie serving Indian cuisine to the pub Irish House, the continental cuisine eatery Serafina and the only Michelin star restaurant in the city – Yauatcha, this floor is nothing short of delightful experience for gastronomic adventures. Also, the gorgeous view of Kolkata sky from Yauatcha and Chili’s is a sight to behold.
One of the most unusual aspects of this mall is that it is never too crowded making it one of the preferred options to visit with a toddler.
The personal angle –
After moving back to Kolkata, this was one of the first malls that I had visited with our then less than-a-year old son. Having had first hand experiences of over crowded malls in Bangalore for a decade, it was a pleasant surprise to discover Quest Mall. Most of the restaurants have been explored by us multiple times over the last one year and each of these trips have always culminated in an amazing experience.