The perfect weather and specials that come with it make the run-up to February 14, always an exciting one. If you are in Chandigarh and looking to treat your special someone to a perfect date that includes a welcoming ambience and sumptuous fare, here is some help from us. From cosy settings that encourage conversations to pleasing interiors, read on to know the best places in the city to treat your bae.
The speciality Indian restaurant, housed on the first floor of Hotel JW Marriott, exudes a luxurious look and is perfect for a quiet dinner. The warm interiors and soft music add to the charm of this place. On offer is a mix of Punjabi and Mughlai cuisine. The flavours are spot on and portions are decent. If you and your bae like Indian fare, this is a good option.
We love the fact that Baluchi literally offers a slice of India on a plate. Where a majority of restaurants in the city tend to play it safe with a menu that offers just north-Indian fare, Baluchi makes room for specialities from other Indian states in its plump menu. If you want to please your love with something special, Baluchi is a good bet. The uninterrupted views of the landscape make it worth visiting even for lunch.
There can be restaurants that boast of vibrant lighting and a busy ambience. Dera in Taj Chandigarh is quite the opposite. We love the fact that the ambience of Dera is very conducive to intimate conversations. What is more, the speciality fine diner has a menu that brings in delicacies from across the border as well. If you love Punjabi folk songs and Sufi numbers, this place never disappoints with its music selection.
Leading the list of speciality Oriental restaurants is OKO. Housed in The Lalit Chandigarh, the fine diner can be credited for retaining authentic flavours and being consistent at that. It makes the cut for our Valentine’s Day special for its ambience - fiery bold red interiors and plush seating – and lip-smacking fare. There is an extensive Teppanyaki selection, and, signature sushi and Japanese meals (Robata) off the grill too. Do save up space for their Thai desserts.
Peddlers is a good choice for Valentine’s Day if you would like to dance the night away. The live music gigs are always a draw here, coupled with a robust menu. Designed like an English pub, the place does not give you the feeling you are in a mall. Even when it is broad daylight outside, it is dim inside. The main course might rely heavily on Indian fare but the range of thin crust pizzas are equally well done.
We love this place for its decor – it is styled like a formal club and the seating is comfortable and plush; which means you can spend a few hours over a meal with your love. What is more, the music is always mellow and the food is a good mix of Oriental specials as well as Colonial fare. We love the bar selection as well and do try their signature cocktails like Apple Martini and Rosetini.
In a short span of time, Cottage has garnered a sizeable fan following for its warm, woody interiors and Continental cuisine. What is more, the menu is always throwing up surprises with the chef introducing specials on a regular basis. While we recommend you try their main course, it a good place to head to even for coffee and chocolate-filled desserts.
Among the few standalone Italian restaurants in the city, Piccante is ideal if you love authentic Italian meals and a quiet setting. The restaurant is steered by 'Chef Gianfranco' who is always at hand to rustle up something special. The interiors are wooden and, like the rest of the hotel, there is an ode to Le Corbusier’s style of architecture. It is always fun to see the action happening in the open kitchen and the thin-crust pizzas is a good place to start your meal.
If you and your partner are looking to find some quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of city life, head to Whispering Willows. The country resort houses their award-winning restaurant Dak Bungalow and there is an option to dine near the poolside as well. The food is a good mix of Colonial specials and north Indian fare. The service here is exceptional and you can make the most of the sunny weather in the lush green lawns as well.
The ambience of Virgin Courtyard lives up to its name. The all-white interiors exude a coolness that is best matched with their eclectic menu. We love the fact that there is the option to sit in the breezy courtyard where tea-lights and bamboo torches light up the evenings. The menu is regularly revised here and the main course meals are a delight and so are the desserts. It will be hard for your partner not to be impressed.
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A seasoned journalist, Jagmeeta has worked with The Indian Express for 16 years writing extensively on food, popular culture and fashion. A Master's in English, she completed her honours in Journalism from Delhi University and started her career in journalism with New Delhi Television (NDTV) as a reporter. She was part of the launch team for NDTV.com. Having turned a freelance writer and editor in 2016, she has been writing for The Hindustan Times, Chandigarh and is also a contributor for The Voice of Fashion steered by IMG Reliance Ltd as well as Chandigarh's popular lifestyle portal - simplythecity.com. When she's not reviewing food or dissecting the season's trends, she likes to travel with her daughter and husband, a professional photographer. A photography enthusiast herself, Jagmeeta has also curated photo exhibitions and calls herself a collector of cookbooks and recipes and a proud 'fauji' daughter and sister.
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