If staying indoors in the season of chill is sending you over the edge, there is a help in the form of outdoor brunch. As the year gets off to a flying start, there is a bright sunshine to offset the biting cold. Outdoor brunches are the brightest spots of dreary winters where the variety of food served is giddying and service impeccable.
Here are top five places in Delhi-NCR where Sunday brunches have found their moment under the sun.
Sorrento offers a lavish family-style brunch, coupled with unlimited prosecco and al-fresco dining. An elaborate Italian feast is yours for the taking and you can feast your eyes on the hotel’s lush lawns while nibbling on your brunch buffet. Expect a set menu featuring Neapolitan pizzas, home-style pasta, and risottos with a choice of grilled meats and seafood.
Appetisers from an antipasto counter include the seasonal grilled vegetable salad with 'Parmesan Flakes', an assemblage of tropical cheese, an assortment of cold cuts (including Italian cured meat sliced live - Parma ham, Coppa, Mortadella, Cacciatore), and much more. The final flourish is the array of desserts or dolce. You can take your pick of anything from Tiramisu, Pastiera Napoletana and Cannoli to Panna Cotta, Milli Feuille and Raspberry Macaroons.
Price: Brunch with soft beverage is priced at INR 2750 plus taxes per
Brunch with Cocktails/Prosecco is priced at INR 3950 plus taxes per person
Raasta’s outdoor Sunday brunch comes with a side of reggae music, while top picks of the menu include Kingston Chicken Skewers, Mutton Chops, Grilled Sole, Cottage Cheese Steak and Corn On The Cob in the appetisers section as well as Banoffee Pie and Sticky Toffee Pudding from the dessert section.
Arriba - Mexican Grill & Tequileria’s outdoor Sunday brunch stands apart from the rest as it is serving up tequila-infused Mexican cuisine. The venue also happens to be unique as your dining-out experience can be paired with gorgeous views of a serene green belt. The restaurant has a Salsa and Guacamole Bar, featuring eight types of salsa. Also, the guacamole is prepared fresh at your table. In addition, there is a host of Tex-Mex favourites and Mexican desserts to choose from.
Timings: 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Cost for Two: INR 2999/- plus taxes
Alcohol Packages: INR 1099/- plus taxes and INR 1,499/- plus taxes
Tabula Beach’s outdoor Sunday Brunch will help you recall your marine holidays as this restaurant hinges on the beach theme. Serving a medley of seafood offerings as well as Delhi favourites such as burgers and kinds of pasta, Tabula Beach is where you can soak up some winter sun. A hands-down winner here is the Waffle Bar where you can order freshly-made waffles with a selection of sauces and fresh fruits.
Cost for Two: INR 1,660 plus taxes
Alcohol Packages: All you can drink packages start at INR 880, plus taxes
One of the secret hideaways of the Delhi food connoisseur is Café Lota, that is tucked into a quaint corner of the National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum. Although there is no buffet on offer here, it is one of the most scenic spaces you can choose for a Winter Brunch while the sunshine warms your back. Surrounded by crafts and artisans from all corners of India, you can dig into the restaurant’s inventive offerings that come with a funky regional spin.
Susmita Saha is a Delhi-based Features Writer. She has worked as an Assistant Editor at India Today and The Telegraph and writes on arts and culture, films, travel, food, architecture, design and various other lifestyle subjects. She has seriously itchy feet and plans to tick the world off her bucket list, one burger at a time.