Each time you cross Ashoka Road, the name screams at you, emblazoned (in LED?) from its prime, central Delhi address- Sky Lounge Bar & Grill. Located atop Hotel The Royal Plaza, this entirely open-air expanse of 18,000 sq. ft. houses two interconnected spaces – the Moon Bar and the Presidential Lounge – that share a giant wall of visual projections. The first thing that came to mind was- rooftop parties and two different DJ sets! Especially with that view- the venue provides a panoramic 360 degree view of the city, with key highlights including Jantar Mantar, Lotus Temple, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan and Qutab Minar.
Talking about the concept, Mr. Faisal Nafees, Director Food & Beverage, Hotel The Royal Plaza stated, “Sky Lounge Bar & Grill draws its concept from the open sky. The sky represents transcendence – an opportunity to dream of experiences beyond the realm of the ordinary. With this inspiration, ‘Sky’ aims to present transcendence to the face of hospitality by providing a space that is as limitless, as dynamic, yet as eternally beautiful, as the open sky.” Its interiors, however, could use a little help – the furniture is dated – but a post-tipple trip to the moon, courtesy a super powered telescope is a nice touch.
As is their list of refreshing wine spritzers. The classics though, fell prey to the excess-sugar syndrome. So you might want to make your preferences clear right from the start. The promoters plan on selling it as a live entertainment venue more than a sit-down restaurant, which means, order one of them spritzers or a spirit straight up and you’re good. Luckily, there’s also enough decent starters to go with the entertainment. Our salmon came just as we like it, smoky, with a creamy center, and topped with capers and pickled onion slivers, Dahi ke kebab were tender, if a little pasty. The Mezze platter was a bit meh, but the lightly charred Bhatti ka murgh was flavoursome.
Overall, the food is good, but nothing to write home about, and if one was to order a main, the Thai Green Curry is a safe choice. The desserts on the other hand, we wouldn’t want to bet on. Our our crème-not-so-brûlée had an almost sludgy top and was basically tasteless. Although, we’re guessing ‘sad desserts’ isn’t why the place is no longer operational. When open-air venues launch dangerously close to summertime, they often share the same fate; there’s no winning against the Delhi sun. Sky Lounge Bar & Grill continues to command scenic views but walk-ins are no longer welcome. Our guess is, Delhi’s first, highest & largest sky bar should be back in business come cooler months.
Address : Rooftop,
The Royal Plaza,
19, Ashoka Road,