For many diners, the star attraction isn’t always what’s on the plate. It’s what’s outside the windows. There’s just something about the backdrop of the sea or the twinkling of lights that set the perfect tone for a light lunch or an evening out. Here are some restaurants in India worth seeking out, even if it’s only just to take in the spectacular views.
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If you didn’t already know, the high ultra lounge is the highest lounge of South India with a far-reaching view of 430 feet above the ground. What better way to absorb the sights and sounds of Bengaluru than this. Treat yourself to classic & comforting pan-Asian food with a slightly modern twist and feel on top of the world.
There are places to chill by the beach and then there are “The Places”. Soak in the sultry rays at The Shore Bar, a multi-cuisine restaurant located at the Anjuna Beach. They know the basics of succulent seafood and finger-licking deliciousness. Daydream over the panoramic ocean views and escape into the sunset over your bottle of beer.
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Bay View – Vivanta by Taj Fisherman’s Cove, Chennai
There is nothing quite like a day spent at the Bay View, taking in the fresh air straight from the Bay of Bengal, vibrant sights & freshly caught seafood. After dinner hit the beach for a sunset stroll. You’ll be dipping your toes in the water just minutes after you leave the table – that’s a perk that just can’t be beaten! And also their Beer Batter Calamari with wasabi mayonnaise and tomato raisin chili jam is an absolute treat for the taste buds.
Elevated above 34 stories, The Four Seasons Hotel lounge bar offers the perfect backdrop for a relaxing dinner. They know their fine food – some of the all-time favourites include the slowly roasted chicken wings and spicy chicken 65 on a stick and black martini. A treasure of the hotel, this lounge gives a 360-degree glimpse over the city skyline and straight out where the sky meets the water’s edge. You may even brush shoulders with some of Bollywood’s elite, who have dined here more frequently than not – adding to its charm, class & effortless appeal.
In the words of the chef behind this wonder, Anil Dutt Chamoli, – “To dine at Sheesh Mahal is to partake and experience open only to a privileged few in the days gone by.” At Sheesh Mahal, you can dine under the clear sky full of stars as the sounds and sights of Lake Pichola enthrall you. This gem of the Leela Palace, Udaipur, combines the cool breeze from the lake, evening glow of candles in various hues and magical charms of the city to add a resplendent touch of the era gone by.
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Oberoi Hotel, Agra
Boasting glorious views over the Taj Mahal from almost every angle and opulent luxury in a style befitting the great Mughal emperor whose magnificent masterpiece stands before it, there couldn’t be a more befitting venue than Oberoi Hotel to bask in the full splendour of the world famous tribute to eternal love. The scrumptious food, candlelit dinners accompanied by live traditional music & sound of fountains cascading between terraces have us already sold.
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Khyber Resorts, Gulmarg, Kashmir
Nestled in the Pirpanjal range in Gulmarg, Nouf, is a stunning spot complimenting the culinary delights that soar to stratospheric levels of sensorial gratification. In the evening, the fragrance of pine from the forest mingles with aromas of freshly grilled meats, cooked just the way you like on traditional coal-fired barbecues. Nouf is ideal for catching a few rays by day, stargazing by night, reading, dozing or just partying with friends and family.
Beneath the frosty clouds, by the bank of the Umiam Lake, where clouds meet the sky, under the chilly weather, wrapped around your woollens, you sit by the garden and ponder at the astounding beauty of nature. Ri Kynjai is the perfect place to rejuvenate while doing nothing but taking in the spectacular views. The resort restaurant Sao Aiom overlooks the azure blue water of the Umiam Lake serving specialties in traditional North – East Indian cuisine, ranging from smoked pork with bamboo – shoot to rice fried in turmeric and the famous cherrapunji chicken cooked with freshly ground pepper.
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