Delhi is a city celebrated for its culinary scene, with everything from meats, curries, pastries, and drinks found within its walls. The city’s history and diverse population has led to a plethora of varied restaurants and cuisines. We take a look over the horizon to the city’s best rooftop restaurants and bars, serving up their menus with a side of city views.
Located in the heart of Delhi at Connaught Place, Q’Bais one of Delhi’s best places to grab a drink or some food after office hours. Built on two floors, it is spacious and exudes a certain laid back charm. With comfy sofas to sink into, a bar with seating around it, and a terrace that overlooks the Inner Circle of Connaught Place, it is not surprising that people flock here every day. Cuisines offered include Asian, Mediterranean, North Indian and Italian. Try the Pot Roast Lamb Shank along with your favorite beer and enjoy the scenic views of charming Delhi.
It is often joked that West View is the best thing that happened to Delhi after the Delhi Metro. It offers a gorgeous view of the lush Aravalli mountain range; combined with the decor, this gives the restaurant a certain charm and often attracts couples for a romantic date. West View doesn’t have a printed menu, you pick up your salads and antipasti from the buffet counter. For the main course, you choose the ingredients and the chef will have them grilled for you, with the sauce of your choice. You can order whatever you want and in the quantity you desire. The restaurant is slightly formal and you may need to dress up a bit.
Parikrama is a legend on the Delhi food scene. Located on the 24th floor, this revolving restaurant offers a bird’s eye view of Delhi. The decor is simple and classy and the restaurant serves North Indian, Chinese and Mughlai cuisine. You can try the Murg tikka Lal Mirch (chicken marinated overnight in chilies and spices) for starters and then move on to the Rogan Josh for mains. It’s a real treat.
Dramz is perhaps the most surprising bar and lounge in Delhi. Its four floors house a wine cellar, private dining rooms, an intimate bar as well as a two-level terrace. The rooftop is a favorite spot and it can be hard to get a seat at as the crowds congregate to admire the unbeatable views of Qutub Minar, one of India’s most famous and historic monuments. Try their Cheese Platter with some excellent chutney or Grilled Sole.
Perched on the third floor of Vasant Kunj’s Ambience Mall is the Sky Bar, one of Delhi’s best rooftop bars. It’s an Oriental themed lounge and apart from an impressive bar, it serves extremely delicious Japanese and Asian food. The drinks menu features wines and a large number of cocktails.
Restaurant, Italian, Fast Food, Vegetarian, Contemporary, $$$
Located on the ever busy and overcrowded Greater Kailash 2 market, Amalfihas managed to seclude itself from the crowd. This classy alfresco restaurant provides cozy seating on three levels. Fairy lights light up the beautiful rooftop area while another level of the restaurant provides a private terrace complete with a violinist and band, making it one of the most romantic restaurants in the city. The restaurant offers a combination of classic Italian and contemporary dishes along with great drinks to keep the mood going.
Thai High is a beautiful roof-top restaurant serving scrumptious Thai food. The ambiance here is mesmerizing and it overlooks the Qutub Minar, one the most beautiful monuments in India. The food is unpretentious and cooked by expert chefs. Try the crab with black pepper or the Pla Phad Khing, fish stir-fried with ginger and spring onion. It’s a great place offering spectacular views and delicious food at reasonable prices.