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Dining out, quite literally

A romantic dinner in the rain or a quick cuppa on a cloudy day... here are some al fresco restaurants in the Capital where you can make the most of the monsoon.

india Updated: Jul 08, 2011 01:32 IST

A romantic dinner in the rain or a quick cuppa on a cloudy day... here are some al fresco restaurants in the Capital where you can make the most of the monsoon

Triveni Tea Terrace
If you don’t want to go in for an expensive al fresco outing, then this is the place for you. The place provides a beautiful green ambience and cheap food. Right behind the main corridor is the adjoining tea terrace, overlooking the step-styled garden. Here you can enjoy their masala tea with omelet and toast. The portions are big, and the prices unbelievably low. You will mainly spot theatre personalities and artists at this place.

Average meal for two: Rs 200

Where: Triveni Kala Sangam, 205, Tansen Marg, Mandi House, CP

Tel: 011-23718833

Cafe Turtle
The cafe is almost like a tree house. Presenting a spectacular sight of south Delhi, the open area, with gentle cooling of the coolers, makes it a perfect place to spend an evening at. As you step inside, you will be greeted by strong aroma of coffee, freshly baked cakes and fragrant teas which blend perfectly with the smell of books. The decor is relaxed, with wooden floors and soothing shades of green and blue. Tibetan Thanka’s and framed quotations adorn the walls. Begin with mushroom tarts, go on to quiches and pastas, and round off the meal with their famous ‘homemade’ cakes.

Average meal for two: Rs 1,000

Where: N8, Greater Kailash (GK) 1, N Block Market

Tel: 011-29245641

News café
The South African chain boasts of innovative cocktails, great breakfast bites and non-fussy finger food. The outdoor dining area and the roof top seating area, with white canopy style tents, is a hit with youngsters. Among the cocktails, the signature Pangalactic Gargle Blaster — vodka and orange juice layered on top of cherry liqueur, grenadine and peach schnapps — is a definite winner. Try the club sandwiches, masala omelette, and the huge Cajun Chicken Fillet Burger.

Average meal for two: Rs 1,500

Where: 311-314, Second Floor, DLF Promenade, Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj

Tel: 011-46605771-73

Magique
At Magique you can enjoy a dining out experience even in the extreme climates of the city. For the summer, there are fans that spray an icy mist and in winter they have bonfires. As the monsoon sets in, there are plans in place to have Sunday barbeques, with crabs on the menu. Dishes from world over are on the menu, but most have been recreated with original flavours. While here, you must try the Crab and Litchi Crispy Wanton and the watermelon and feta cheese salad.

Average meal for two: Rs 1,000

Where: Gate No. 3, Garden of 5 Senses, Mehrauli Badarpur Road

Tel: 011-29536767

Market café
This two-storey cafe is a swanky place, which is a favourite with expats. The first floor is the dinning area that’s beautifully done up in white with some quirky art pieces. The second floor is the open area which is the main attraction at this place. It’s known for its hookah service. A small space but it is nicely done up to give a warm and cosy feel. There are iron chairs and tables laid out.

The WiFi connectivity is another big draw at this place. The place serves continental food but their new Mexican menu is a must-try.

Average meal for two: Rs 1,500

Where: 8, Khan Market

Tel: 011-41757703, 011-4175 7704