Summer is finally here and every Delhite knows it's here to stay. The arrival of a new season also warrants that we break free from our old patterns and finally update our dining bucket lists for those impromptu gastronomic adventures that are sacred to all avid foodies like us. Out with the old and in with the new seems to be the order of the day, and elaborating on that beautiful notion, here’s a list of our top picks of the best poolside cafes & restaurants in Delhi NCR that are just perfect to have a fun-filled Summer sundowner soiree with your friends to kick-off the arrival of the new season in style!
The Park's signature al fresco dining destination, Aqua makes for one of the most ideal poolside restaurants in Delhi. With a focus on Mediterranean cuisine and smokey barbecues, Aqua is a stellar example of an Indian luxury dining space where you can unwind, drink and dine in scintillating al fresco surroundings.
Must-haves: Singapore Sling Cocktail, Lamb Kibbeh, Mezze Platter, Joojeh Kebab, Pasta, Paneer Tikka and Keema Pao.
Cost for two: ₹ 3200
A winner when it comes to poolside dining in Delhi, Elan, The Lodhi, New Delhi is well-known for its fantastic poolside dining options and hearty Sunday brunches. With all the boundary walls made of glass, it allows one to see the starry night sky and the sparkling pool outside whilst enjoying a delectable spread. Élan features an eclectic range of seasonal menu options along with a scenic courtyard and intimate bar area. Although there’s also the availability of indoor seating, we highly recommend you opt for their al fresco seating area to experience dining beneath the stars adjacent to the lavish hotel pool.
Must-haves: Chef’s Special Salad, Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli, Double Baked Cheese Soufflé, Herb Crusted Sea Bass, Duck Confit, Roasted Chicken, Nizami Biryani, Dal Makhni, Tiramisu.
Cost for two: ₹ 3000
Lust By The Pool, a phenomenal poolside restaurant located in Radisson Blue, Kaushambhi, is a must-visit dining destination perfect for a luxe sundowner soiree with your pals! The place is equipped with ample seating options, though are favorite spot here are the lavish cabanas adorned with white gauzy curtains that give off a very dreamy vibe to the space. With an extensive bar menu and well-presented and delicious Pan Asian fare, this place is truly a delight.
Must-haves: Spicy Chilli Chicken, Wok Tossed Veg Manchurian, & Date Pancakes with Vanilla Ice Cream.
Cost for two: ₹ 2000
Not so much a poolside restaurant as a waterfront dining venue, Kiyan is The Roseate's world cuisine alfresco restaurant with a European edge, both in terms of cuisine and fine dining experience. The restaurant, set amidst Isfahan columns and surrounded by gorgeous water bodies, is an architectural masterpiece that offers an array of hors d’oeuvres with dishes delicately handcrafted by expert chefs. If you seek an outstanding starlit dining experience in Delhi, Kiyan has to be the definitive destination you head to.
Must Haves: Grilled Fish with Lemon Butter Sauce, Thai Red Curry, Thai Prawn Tempura, and Kiyan Signature Pudding.
Cost for two: ₹ 2800
Located by the outdoor pool in an enchanting manicured garden, Splash offers guests an eclectic menu, you can unwind in style here while sipping on lip-smacking cocktails under the stars or enjoying a laidback lunch in the sun. One of the most luxe poolside restaurants in Delhi NCR, this is the perfect destination to splash your way into the weekend with pool access Sunday brunches at The Westin Gurgaon and soak up the sun as you enjoy a gourmet spread of global delicacies, live music, signature beverages, fun by the pool and much more!
Must-haves: Olive & Tomato Salad, Caesar Salad, Mezze Platter, Club Sandwich, Chicken Burger, Cheese Platter, Havana Lemonade Cocktail, and Chocolate Walnut Brownie.
Cost for two: ₹ 2000
Skypool is an open-air pool on the terrace of Hotel Quality Inn that comes with the most picturesque view in Gurgaon. It provides a 270-degree gorgeous skyline of the city & splendid sunset views. You get a bar set up, day beds, and open-air dining. With Indian, continental, Asian & Italian cuisine, this space holds a capacity of 50 people and is one of those unique places in Gurgaon that you can book for exclusive weekend parties for just you & your gang.
Must-haves: Paneer Tikka, Kebabs, Chicken Burger, Sandwiches, and Noodles.
Cost for two: ₹ 4000
Threesixtyone is an all-day dining restaurant with a remarkable vertical garden and reflection pool. Indulge in Japanese, Chinese, Italian and Indian cuisine, handcrafted by Oberoi chefs in their show kitchens. Threesixtyone is known as one of the most elegant restaurants in Delhi NCR, featuring an enormous glass window overlooking the stunning blue waters and a breathtaking outdoor seating area that delivers an elating experience, like nowhere else and you are going to love it here! With avant-garde hospitality, lip-smacking delicacies, and impeccable presentation, this mesmerizing joint is something you cannot miss out on.
Must-Have - Chocolate Cake, Thai Curry, Virgin Mojito, & Dimsums
Cost for two: ₹ 5000
This all-day diner overlooking the lavish pool of the resort with picturesque décor, an elegant indoor seating area and a lip-smacking multicuisine buffet offering some untapped culinary creations, is one of Delhi's most gorgeous restaurants. Perfect for a romantic dinner date with your significant other, this one is a charming dining destination dripping with unbridled elegance and panache.
Must-haves- Panneer Butter Masala, Dal Makhni and Paneer Tikka
Cost for two: ₹ 2000
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