In India, alfresco dining is best reserved for winters that speak of long lazy lunches under the mild winter sun, where wine and good food make up the table and conversations lead to the golden hour, i.e sundowner. Come evening, open-air dining would mean great views, live music, grills, meaty plates, single malts, and snuggling down to cozy corners or fireplaces that fan the flames to good memories. The capital city, Delhi has some of the best open-air cafes, offering soulful winter jaunts, closer home, and lets you enjoy entirely the winter's chill.
With the weather so fine and under the shadow of the Qutub Minar of Delhi, Qla is a perfect open-air dining where a European-style bistro meets the haveli courtyard setting. Slow-braised and pressed pork belly paired with carrot mustard puree, sweet and sour plum date ketchup and Sous-vide chicken breast, olive tapenade, black bean relish, smoky garlic hummus, hazelnut with paprika amalgam are some of the unique plates to indulge in. Don't forget to browse through the beverage menu of craft beers, gins, and single malts. Mark your calendar for a weekend brunch at the Q'la courtyard.
Address: 4-A, Seven Style Mile, Kalka Das Marg, Near Qutab Minar, Mehrauli, New Delhi. Call 8527098766/933766.