Riyaaz Amlani


Part of a chain of restaurants all bearing the same name, Social has opened its doors in New Delhi’s Hauz Khas Village, redefining ‘with it’ by a casual aesthetic in which all the furniture and other paraphernalia in the restaurant is either upcycled or reused. Riyaaz Amlani of the Impresario Hospitality group which owns the brand has conceptualised a collaborative workspace for those who opt to work from home and for freelancers looking for an office.
The path that leads to Social leads off from a bylane with a cobblestoned walkway; something like a narrow alley culminating in a dungeon. Lined with graffiti, it opens up into an unexpectedly vast space with two floors, numerous rooms and big glass windows offering a prized view of the lake and the archaeological park. Spread out over 8,500 sq ft which house Social, Anti Social and Chhat (on the terrace), each level has a different feel.
Combining the facilities of a boardroom with a bar, the concept of Social scores in being unconventional and unorthodox in every detail of its design. Much like an old warehouse, there is an unfinished, industrial feel to the restaurant – graffiti et al – and a variety of seating options.