There's something about this time of the year that makes the idea of heading to rooftop restaurants extra appealing. Enjoying a glass of wine, a cup of good coffee or a warm slice of cake while appreciating the last leg of Delhi's winter on a rooftop of a restaurant may just be the perfect way to wind up your day. Take a break from indoor restaurants and visit a rooftop spot at brunch when the sun is warm and crisp, or go at sunset – that supremely magical hour when the sky changes colors like a mood ring.
Here are some of the best rooftop offerings the city of Delhi has that will satiate your cravings and will help you enjoy the city's stunning winter.
Q'ba: There's no shortage of watering holes in Connaught Place, but locals know that Q'ba is one of the most reliable, accessible, and laid back spots in the capital for a good rooftop sit out meal or drinks. Q'ba is blessedly well located, making it an absolute favourite. The terrace overlooks the Inner Circle at Connaught Place and is one of the best places to grab a drink and some food after office hours. The 360 degree view of CP with ambient lighting is soothing, and we recommend that you settle in with a mug of beer as you peruse the food menu. Q'ba is excellent for its Asian, Mediterranean, North Indian and Italian cuisines. The Murgh Malai is exceptional, but don't let it deter you from ordering one of their satisfying, beautifully plated Mezze Platters because it demands a try.
Warehouse Cafe: With an airy rooftop, Warehouse Cafe brings to you an upscale view of Connaught Place with a refreshingly stunning selection of cocktails and pitchers. Well known for its calendar-like menu format with one dish for every day of the year, Warehouse is well-known for its American, North Indian, Italian, and Asian cuisine and an interesting blend of cocktails. We'd recommend some Asian treats, the old-timer chilli chicken, the Wasabi Lemonade cocktail, and as much pizza as you can manage.
Summer House Cafe: Summer House Cafe is a place South Delhi sorely needed: a casual spot for cocktails and beer and a kitchen that, to say the least, doesn't disappoint. Located in Aurobindo market, just outside Hauz Khas Village, Summer House opened as soon as the explosion of restaurants began in HKV. It is one of the city's most genuinely laid back spots and remains one of the most reliable bars in town for a round of drinks and some generous portions of wood fire oven pizzas. On any given day, both levels are packed with diners and drinkers alike. With regular gigs spread across the calendar, a beautiful terrace, and a cocktail loving crowd makes it a haven for Delhi's folk and a certain Chris Martin.
Kylin Skybar: Perched on the third floor of the Ambience Mall in Vasant Kunj, Kylin Skybar is well known for its Sunday brunches, Pan Asian delicacies and yes, its rooftop ambience. With its beautiful terrace and cocktails worth trying, Kylin is a perfect spot after a day of shopping at the mall. This cool shrine to Japanese and Asian food has a refreshing roster of sushi, dimsums and teppanyaki which is the highlight will leave you impressed and thinking about the food even days later. Sliced Chicken In Chilli Oyster Sauce is a must try, the service is snappy and the decor a treat to the eyes. Although a tad expensive, we recommend you hit Kylin for its Sunday buffet which is a little gentler on the pocket and will still allow you a complete sample of food and drinks. Do try the sparkling wine, sangria, mojitos, and of course beer, if you're being frugal or looking to just hang out.
Thai High: With a gorgeous view of the Qutub Minar, one the most beautiful monuments in India, this mid-range to fine dining restaurant is big on Thai flavours. Finding a truly great Thai meal in Delhi isn't the easiest, so Thai High comes as a pleasant surprise with its freshness and really authentic Thai cooking. Try the fish stir-fried with ginger and spring onion, Yam Phak Krob, Satay Kai, Som Tam and the undeniable Thai High Chicken. Go here on a sunny Sunday afternoon, or when a holiday is a little out of reach – Thai High is a nice spot to sit back and relax and get your fix of this great Thai food.
Adda By Striker: If you are a beer lover, chances are you've already made your way to Gurgaon's many microbreweries that have mushroomed only in the recent past. But if you are a tad bit confused about which one to pick, Adda By Striker is a definite recommendation. A wonderful casual concept brewery nestled in Gurgaon's food hub – Sector 29 – Adda is well known for its brewed beer and an amazing terrace setting. Adda carries a distinct fine urban style décor ,and with its great bar food and alcohol it's the perfect place to kick back after a long day of work.
Downtown Diners & Living Beer Cafe: Downtown, as it is fondly known, is one of those apt watering holes in Gurgaon for a drink after work. Inside the décor is all old English bar-like with wood-finished interiors making it exceptionally inviting, the music is on point and the beers, fresh and crisp. Downtown brews Ale, Lager, Wheat and Stout beers. Try the Italian hearth thin crust pizzas, the pepperoni pizza in particular, is undeniable. The kebab platter, chilli chicken and dal makhani are old time favourites at Downtown. Hit the terrace on a weekday, or go at sundowner on a Sunday evening and you won't be disappointed.
Dramz Whiskey Bar & Lounge: Dramz is the city's surprise to its whiskey lovers. With four floors which has a wine cellar, private dining rooms, an intimate bar as well as a two-level terrace, Dramz is something the city has never seen before. The rooftop has an unbeatable view of the city's historic Qutub Minar. Try Dramz's incredible range of whiskies from around the world and their delectable European cuisine. The Cheese Platter and Grilled Sole are delicious as any you would have tried before.
So, whenever you are looking for a beautiful view alongwith your favourite food and drink, head to these locations for a wonderful experience.