The best of the outdoors

The best of the outdoors
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First Published: Wed, Dec 17 2008. 11 11 PM IST

For Sunday brunch, ai lays out seven food stations and a large dessert counter
For Sunday brunch, ai lays out seven food stations and a large dessert counter
Updated: Wed, Dec 17 2008. 11 11 PM IST
Market Cafe, Khan Market, New Delhi
The good stuff
Clever use of platforms of varying height makes you feel like you’re on an exclusive rooftop terrace. Free wireless Internet connectivity.
The not-so-good
The popularity of the place and its first-come-first-seated policy mean you may have to settle for a table indoors.
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Try their Hummus platter for Rs215 and Lemon Twist juice for Rs90.
For Sunday brunch, ai lays out seven food stations and a large dessert counter
ai, MGF Metropolitan Mall, Saket, New Delhi
The good stuff
The buffet gives you the chance to expand your sushi horizons. And a new brunch initiative provides guests with their own picnic basket complete with wine, mats and the day’s newspaper.
The not-so-good
There’s no denying you’re squat in the middle of a large mall complex with construction on all sides.
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Sunday brunch costs Rs1,495 per person, plus taxes, for as much as you can eat and drink.
Magique, Garden of Five Senses, New Delhi
The good stuff
The ambience scores top marks: Magique is located deep in the Garden of Five Senses, and its design brings to mind Antoni Gaudi’s Barcelona.
The not-so-good
The place can get too crowded for romance and they insist on playing loud music at night. Plus, the restaurant is a drive and a half away from anywhere.
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Entrées are for around Rs800 and appetizers start at around Rs300.
Olive Bar and Kitchen, Bandra, Mumbai
The good stuff
You’re always likely to run into a Bollywood actor or two.
The not-so-good
For a while, Olive was famous for everything but the cuisine. We’ve noticed that the food has improved drastically in recent times but quality remains inconsistent.
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Try the chicken or pork espadata (Rs600 per skewer), the sangria (if you’re in a group of three or more, get the pitcher—Rs1,900; the per-glass serving, at Rs400, is a rip off), or a pizza (Rs400-450).
Dome, InterContinental, Marine Drive, Mumbai
The good stuff
Provides a breathtaking view of the Queen’s Necklace. Watch the sun go down over the Arabian Sea while sipping on cocktails. Dome features live contemporary jazz every week from Tuesdays through Thursdays. The menu is mostly grills, with a choice of tenderloin, shrimp, lamb, cottage cheese, mushroom and more.
The not-so-good
The lack of variety on the menu.
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Get a Cosmopolitan for Rs450 and a Long Island Iced Tea for Rs500. The
Gremolata Butterfly Prawns are for Rs825 and Dome Tempura for Rs535.
Ebony, MG Road, Bangalore
The good stuff
Enjoy the weather and a great view of the city, including glimpses of Vidhana Soudha, the seat of the Karnataka legislature.
The not-so-good
Be prepared to wait for a table if you walk in without reservations. Ebony is very popular and a growing tourist hot spot. With the Metro construction in progress, it’s difficult to ignore the missing foliage and heaps of rubble on MG Road below.
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A meal for two will cost around Rs1,000.
The Grasshopper, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore
The good stuff
The seating is dispersed throughout the garden and corridor. You need to reserve a table in advance, so the place is calm and crowd-free.
The not-so-good
The restaurant does not have a menu and the chef creates a multi-course meal based on your specifications. Allowing your meal to be steered by someone else can be unnerving, but your palate will certainly not be disappointed.
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A meal at The Grasshopper will cost at least Rs1,000 per head.
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First Published: Wed, Dec 17 2008. 11 11 PM IST