Food & Drinks
Must Visit Rooftop Restaurants In Delhi
What’s simpler than a rooftop cafe or a restaurant with all the aforementioned factors affecting your life’s happiness quotient. Let’s quickly take you through a tour of the best rooftop restaurants in Delhi. It’s time to enjoy some beautiful panoramic views from the rooftop while you binge on some exquisite meals and sip on a glass of your favorite wine.
It is a luxurious fine dining restaurant extremely famous for its delightful cocktails. There is an amazing rooftop area with some stunning views. They also have a nice seating in an open courtyard which is done up pretty well with warm golden lights, which adds the elegant and charming factor to the ambiance.
ADDRESS: 4-A, Next to Qutab Minar, Seven Style Mile, Kalka Das Marg, Kila, Mehrauli, New Delhi
MUST HAVES: Wine Soaked Lamb Shanks, Steamed Chicken and Paneer Tikka with Jammy Scotch
COST FOR TWO: INR 2950
CUISINE: Italian, Spanish, North Indian
TIMINGS: 12:00 pm to 12:30 am
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2. Sky High
Popular for its elegant rooftop seating that is one of the best spots in the city to take your partner on a date, this casual dining restrobar has more than one trick up its sleeve to get your sky high. The place offers an extensive range of multi-cuisine preparations and a well-curated selection of liquor varieties available. The serene atmosphere, coupled with cordial service, soulful live music, good food, and good booze, is just what is needed for an uplifting mood. Do try their Peri Peri Pizza and Dal Makhani. It is the aptest place to have a romantic candlelight dinner in Delhi.
ADDRESS: Ansal Plaza Mall, Hudco Place, Khel Gaon Marg, New Delhi
MUST HAVES: Ceaser Cardini, Lebanese Mezze, Bento Fried Ocean Prawns, Birds Nest
COST FOR TWO: INR 1800
CUISINE: Continental, North Indian, Mughlai, Italian
TIMINGS: 12 pm to 1 am
Popular for their lip-smacking Chinese fare, this is the place to go if you wish to slurp up some authentic Asian fare without coughing up a lot of dough. With sufficient variety on the menu and pocket-friendly prices, this joint is great for people with all kinds of preferences. Plus, the prompt services allows a quick fix for hunger pangs. Recommended: Chilli Garlic Noodles, Schezwan Prawns, Khao Suey. I am sure you wouldn’t have a better romantic candlelight dinner than this.
ADDRESS: Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
MUST HAVES: Bokchoy and Black Mushroom Dimsums, Dragon Roll, Thai Herb Fish
COST FOR TWO: INR 800
CUISINE: Asian, Chinese
TIMINGS: 11 am to 11 pm
4. Lavaash By Saby
The names Lavaash brings to mind the Mediterranean region, the blue and white hues of this restaurant reinforcing the same. The food is Armenian with Bengali influences. The must haves there includes – The Egg Devil, the Pumpkin Manti, Chicken Kalagyosh, the dark chocolate mousse. The interiors of this place are very charming and their outdoor seating is one of the prettiest. The food is out of this world and the portions are more than enough for two.
ADDRESS: H-5/1, Ambawatta One, Kalkadass Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi
MUST-HAVES: Prawn Claypot Casserole, Lavaash Spiced Chicken Pizza, Char Grilled Mutton Ribs
COST FOR TWO: INR 2150
TIMINGS: 12 pm to 12 am
It is a romantic place on a rooftop, which will sparkle a normal date to a very romantic one, with its rustic and classic ambiance, mesmerizing Latin music and amazing food that has authentic Italian flavors. They are known for their Spaghetti, Pizza Basilico, and mocktails.
ADDRESS: M-82, 1st floor, Greater Kailash (GK) 2, New Delhi
MUST HAVES: Tiramisu, Minestrone Soup, Lasagne, Risotto
COST FOR TWO: INR 1850
CUISINE: Italian, European
TIMINGS: 12:00 pm – 11:30 pm
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6. Dramz Whiskey Bar & Lounge
Whatever may the occasion be, we Indians need no excuses to hold on to our favorite liquor. So this is one such place that lets you enjoy your favorite drinks along with various items to munch along. The menu has a wide range of choices available to enjoy your drinks with. The best ones served here are Spaghetti in Alfredo, Kadhai Paneer, Lamb Chicken Tikka, Paneer and Hummus and to end your meal do try their Gulkand Nitro Ice-cream.
ADDRESS: 1580/1, KD Marg, Near Qutub Minar, Mehrauli, New Delhi
MUST HAVES: Oven Baked Mushrooms,Jalepeno Cheese Croquets, Caribbean Jerk Chicken, Iberian Style Roasted Prawns
COST FOR TWO: INR 3050
CUISINE: European, North Indian
TIMINGS: 12:30 pm – 00:00 am
7. Haveli Dharampura
The terrace offers a stellar view of the Jama Masjid, the Gurudwara Sis Ganj, Lal Mandir and of course, the Red Fort. You can lay back and enjoy watching children flying colorful kites or indulging in games of kabootarbaazi. It will transport you to a different plane where the bustle of the city seems far from reality while satiating your palette and taking you to food paradise. It promises to satiate your palette with Chandni Chowk delicacies and the rich Mughlai cuisine.
ADDRESS: Haveli Dharampura, 2293, Gali Guliyan, Near, Jama Masjid, New Delhi
MUST HAVES: Trio Kheer, Palak Patta Chaat, Kathal Ki Biryani, Faluda, Dahipuri
COST FOR TWO: INR 3000
CUISINE: Mughlai, Street Food
TIMINGS: 07:30 am – 00:00 am
8. Potbelly Rooftop Cafe
Be it the UPSC exams or traditional delicacies, Bihar is always ahead of the curve and The Potbelly Rooftop Cafe is no exception with delicious authentic Bihari Cuisine. It is a great place to hang around with a book in the early evening and is a must-visit for all food experts. The Thalis are the most authentic in the menu. This eatery also is a great way to expand one’s knowledge and experience in Bihari cuisine from Litti Chokha to several other amazing dishes like Tehri and Sarso Machhli.
ADDRESS: 116 C, 4th Floor, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi
MUST HAVES: Liti Chokha, Mustard Fish, Prawn Curry, Keema Maggi, Litti Mutton Curry
COST FOR TWO: INR 1100
CUISINE: Bihari, Cafe
TIMINGS: 12:30 pm – 10:30 pm
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9. Le Belvedere
Set atop the Le Meridien hotel, this fine-dining restaurant provides one of the most breathtaking views of Lutyens Zone (Rashtrapati Bhawan premises). Luxurious interiors are thronged by a hospitable and courteous staff who tend to the individual needs to each and every one of Belvedere’s customers. The dining experience as breathtaking as the view with dishes no less than a piece of art that leads to a gourmet satisfaction unlike any other. Their phenomenal desserts are not to be missed!
ADDRESS: Le Meridien, Windsor Place, Connaught Place (CP), New Delhi
MUST HAVES: Spicy Raw Papaya Salad, Prawn Sui Mai, Broccoli & Corn Crystal Dumplings
COST FOR TWO: INR 5200
TIMINGS: 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm, 7:30 pm – 00:30 am
10. Cafe 27
It is a lounge-cum-bar that has a warm and cozy ambiance, along with a terrace that offers a splendid view. The evenings can be enjoyed here by sipping a drink and wandering over to the terrace. Their menu is a mix of Continental, Oriental, Italian, Mughlai and Indian cuisines.
ADDRESS: H-S-26,Gk-1, Kailash Colony, New Delhi
MUST HAVES: The Kebab Platter and Vegetable Salt and Pepper, Chicken Malai Tikka, Dahi Ke Kebab
COST FOR TWO: INR 1500
CUISINE: Indian, Chinese, Mughlai, Continental
TIMINGS: 11:00 am – 01:00 am
11. Auro Kitchen And Bar
It’s a laid-back nightspot with a compact international menu and lineup of regular music performances. The ambience is mesmerizing, and the crowd is wonderful. It offers delicious Modern Indian and Continental delicacies. The staff and service are top-notch as well, which always makes it welcoming. The party area provides a great option for a memorable evening plan.
ADDRESS: 201, 2nd Floor, DDA Shopping Complex, Aurobindo Place, Hauz Khas, New Delhi
MUST HAVES: Crispy Lotus Root, Pulled Jackfruit Fajitas, Truffle Kulcha & Wild Mushroom Seekh Kebab, Vindaloo Pork Ribs
COST FOR TWO: INR
CUISINE: Modern Indian, Continental
TIMINGS: 12:00pm – 00:30am
With spacious premises divided into a lounge, a sunlit indoor area, an open terrace, and a charming rooftop cafe, this joint is the destination of choice for a variety of needs, ranging from booze-fuelled parties to quiet romantic brunches. The menu offers well-curated choices from Chinese, Continental, and Italian cuisines, amongst others, and also includes an extensive liquor catalog and refreshing Hookah varieties.
ADDRESS: Main Market, Sector 4, Kailash Colony, New Delhi
MUST HAVES: Butter Chicken Croquettes, Chilli Paneer, and Mushroom Cappuccino
COST FOR TWO: INR 1500
CUISINE: American, Middle Eastern, Mexican
TIMINGS: 12:00 pm – 00:30 am
13. Summer House Cafe
ADDRESS: 1st Floor, Aurobindo Place Market, Hauz Khas, Block C 2, Bhim Nagri, Hauz Khas, Khel Gaon, New Delhi
MUST HAVES: Lamb, Hazelnut Shake, Mocktails, Coffee Hazelnut,
COST FOR TWO: INR 1800
CUISINE: Italian, Continental, Salad
TIMINGS: 12Noon to 12:30AM
Said to be one of the best places in the area to chill out, it is known for its brilliant rooftop seating and happening ambience. The joint offers a plethora of eating options from North Indian, Continental, Chinese and Italian cuisines, and there are plenty of liquor choices available as well, including cocktails. Although the rooftop is its highlight, the interior space is pretty smashing too with nice decor and spacious seating.
ADDRESS: HS-6, Kailash Colony Market, Greater Kailash (GK) 1, New Delhi
MUST HAVES: Chicken Piccata, Butter Chicken Pizza
COST FOR TWO: INR 1500
CUISINE: North Indian, Continental, Chinese, Italian, Finger Food
TIMINGS: 11AM to 1AM
Food & Drinks
56 South Delhi restaurants serve food in the alfresco style
If you have been a fan of open-air dining, then be ready for some amazing dining experiences as 56 South Delhi restaurants are planning to serve food in the classic alfresco style! A total of 56 restaurants and eateries in South Delhi can serve food and beverages in open-air spaces and terraces, a decision in this regard was taken by South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC).
However, permission to serve food and liquor in open space is permitted to those restaurants which hav e obtained permission from the civic authority after fulfilling certain criteria.
A senior official privy with the development told IANS that as of now 56 restaurants have been permitted to serve food and beverages in open spaces like terraces. The proposal for permitting liquors and foods in open-air space with certain regulations was made by SDMC last year and the applications were invited to get permission.
Out of total, as many as 39 applications were received from areas in the South zone which includes — Hauz Khas, Green Park and Greater Kailash. Similarly, a total of 31 applications were received from Najafgarh zone, which comprises areas such as Dwarka and Aerocity.
Fifteen applications were received from areas in the Central zone like Lajpat Nagar, Bhogal and Defence Colony. Nine applications were received from Western zone areas like Punjabi Bagh, Rajouri Garden and Tilak Nagar.
As many as 23 licenses were granted in the South zone, 25 in Najafgarh and seven in the Central zone. Only one was granted a licence for open-air dining in the West zone.
The SDMC had passed the proposal last year in view of Covid-19 pandemic in which the restaurants would be allowed to use open-air spaces and terraces abutting licensed eateries as service areas.
Under the policy, open-air dining has been allowed only at those restaurants with privately-owned open spaces like terraces, balconies and lawns so that there is no encroachment on public land or pavements.
“Serving food and alcohol will be permitted in the open space, and the open-air area/terrace should not be covered. If the open space is visible from nearby residential premises, then additional measures to be taken to obstruct visibility,” SDMC’s proposal states.
It also made it clear that the service area should also not be visible from adjoining residential areas. Live performances will not be allowed and music cannot be played beyond the permissible time of 11 p.m.
The official said in the last nine months (till June end), the civic body received 94 applications, out of which 56 were granted licenses and 28 were rejected for not fulfilling the norms.
SDMC Mayor Mukesh Suryan talking to IANS said, “For the past few years there has been consistent demand from the people in South Delhi to allow serving liquors and foods in open-air space and it has been done considering the demand of people. The step will also help to maintain social distancing during this Covid-19 pandemic.”
Suryan further added that as of now only 56 restaurants have been granted permission but this number can increase in the coming days if the applicants (restaurants and eateries owners) meet certain rules.
Source: Times of India
Food & Drinks
Treat your guests with ‘Avocado chaat’ this Holi
Holi, the festival of colours is barely a few days away. Amidst all the preparations, you must be thinking of some out of the box dishes, that you can keep in front of your guests. We have got you covered. Here is a quick DIY ‘avocado chaat’ recipe to treat your guests this Holi.
Ripe avocados: 2
Cilantro leaves: ¼ cup
Bhel Mix, Aloo lachanamkin : ½ cup
Salt, chat masala: ¼ tbsp
1/2 chopped tomato, chopped onion and chopped green chilli
Tamarind: 200 gms
Jaggery: 150 gms
Brown sugar: 100 gms
Yogurt: 2 cup
Make the tamarind chutney by soaking pulp in 2 cups warm water for 1/2 hour. Use your hands to squish the pulp well. Strain into a deep saucepan, discarding fibrous pulp. Add jaggery or brown sugar to tamarind. Season with salt and bring to boil over a medium flame. Stick a wooden spoon in the saucepan so the chutney will not boil over. Cook chutney for 20-30 minutes, stirring often, till thick like tomato sauce. Pour chutney into a glass bottle. Cool. Keep aside till needed.
Make mint sauce. Take garlic, chilli, ginger, sugar and salt in a small chutney jar of grinder or food processor. Grind them until medium coarse consistency. Add coriander leaves, mint leaves, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon water. Grind again until desired smooth or medium-coarse consistency is achieved. Beat the yoghurt with fine sugar and serve cold.
When the Chutneys are ready, halve the avocados and make vertical and horizontal cuts using a knife. Use a spoon to scoop out avocado into a bowl chop them nicely. and on the other hand chop. tomatoes, onion, lemon juice, green chillies and mix all together. Scatter bhel mix and over avocados. Drizzle 3-5 teaspoons of tamarind, mint chutney along with Sweet yoghurt, Squeeze juice of half lime over the avocados. Garnish with microgreens, edible flowers and dig in.
Food & Drinks
10 Of The Strongest Alcoholic Drinks From Around The World
Note: Always check the alcohol content and drink responsibly.
When it comes to alcoholic drinks, there are some spirits that one can easily handle and then there are spirits that are capable of killing you. Yes, I am talking about the extremely alcoholic drinks that are straight out of hell. On that note, here are 10 of the world’s strongest drinks, for all those who enjoy a real challenge. Scroll down to make your choice.
1. Bacardi 151 (75.5% Alcohol)
This highly alcoholic rum made by Bacardi Limited of Hamilton, Bermuda comes with a stainless steel fire arrestor which is built into the bottle neck and it is highly inflammable. It is popularly used in small quantities to make rum-based cocktails like Cuba Libre and Daiquiris. Just don’t try to have this drink neat, okay?
3. Sunset Rum (84.5% Alcohol)
This is one of the world’s most powerful rum that was also awarded the title of ‘TheWorld’s Best Overproof Rum’ in 2016 by World Rum Awards. Even the label on the bottle recommends that you drink it with a mixer because it cause a burning sensation in your throat if you overindulge. Having it neat can also cause serious burns so, drink it wisely.
3. Balkan 176 Vodka (88% Alcohol)
This triple distilled vodka is one of the strongest Scandinavian drinks you’ll ever come across. It is colourless, odourless and tasteless. It is so strong that there are 13 different label warnings on the bottle. Many cases of people dying due to alcohol poisoning after consuming this drink in short periods have also been reported so, beware.
4. Pincer Shanghai Strength (88.88% Alcohol)
This vodka from Scotland, is considered healthy as it contains milk thrislte and elderflower that is known to be good for the liver but, it can get you high in no time. This drink is meant to be used as a concentrate. Over-consumption is not advised at any cost since, it can lead to serious health problems.
5. Hapsburg Gold Label Premium Reserve Absinthe (89.9% Alcohol)
bottle of Hapsburg Gold comes with a label that reads ‘There are no
rules’, but we still recommend you to follow just one rule- have this
drink with a mixer. Absinthe is known to induce hallucinations so make
sure you don’t overindulge. This vodka is generally consumed by artists
who rely on creativity and original ‘out of the box’ ideas.
6. Good ol’ Sailor Vodka (85% Alcohol)
This vodka is mostly consumed in Sweden and it is hardly known to the rest of the world. It is made using organic grains and fresh water from Lake Vättern. Modern distillery technology is combined with traditional skills to make this vodka. It has a clean, fresh body and a spicy aftertaste. It can be used in small quantities to make cocktails.
7. Devil Springs Vodka (80% Alcohol)
The Devil Springs Vodka is undoubtedly one of the most strongest vodkas on the planet. It is mostly used in small quantities in cocktails with juices or ginger ale. It is also popularly used for making flaming shots. Avoid having it straight from the bottle if you want to be in your senses.
8. River Antoine Royale Grenadian Rum (90% Alcohol)
drink from Grenada, is made using the old technique of pot distilling
which is a very slow distilling process. It is made from fermented
sugarcane juice which makes it exceptionally tasty. Locals have this
drink straight from the water chaser so, ideally you should do the same.
9. Bruichladdich X4 Quadrupled Whiskey (92% Alcohol)
Hands down, this is the most alcoholic single malt whiskey that is made using a 17th century quadruple distillation method. It is known to be extremely potent and pure. According to legend, Martin Martin, a Hebridean traveler was told by the locals- ‘one sip and you live forever; two sips and you go blind; three sips and you expire on the spot.’ So, try this whiskey at your own risk.
10. Spirytus Stawski (96% Alcohol)
This is the world’s most strongest and potent liquor, that has a gentle smell and a mild taste. It is made using premium ethyl alcohol with a grain base. Many who have had this drink straight from the bottle, have compared it to being punched in the stomach so hard that it gets difficult to breathe. Abusing this drink can literally kill you so, mind it.
Which drink would you want to try?
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