By Rupali Dean

2021 is around the corner and you can ring in the new year by visiting these 5 dining restaurants that serve delicious coffee with pictursque views.

THE RESTAURANT, DUBAI

Burj Khalifa may be just up the road, but the restaurant at Address Skyview is austerely discreet: a lively all day dining with a succession of linking rooms designed after a home replete with a kitchen, lounge, greenhouse and library. Its drove of books up in the air from the ceiling, pages spread like wings adds charm. Dine al fresco if the weather allows. An acme of the global menu is a devoted vegan section which is quite rare in Dubai with an amazingly generous whole roasted paprika spiced cauliflower as a main course option, alongside the usual non vegetarian fare. Service is flawless, with dishes arriving nearly instantly; you can keep adding to your order without braking, squeezing in an additional dish or two before hitting the cappuccino.

SPECTRA, GURUGRAM

A confluence of ground-breaking dining concepts, Spectra with its seven live culinary islands, is an out-and-out indulgence of Indian and global cuisines cooked ‘a la minute’ by a squad of chefs counting international culinary talents. Indisputably it is one of the preferred places as one gets the finest of all cuisines under one roof. In a cosmopolitan city that’s speedily overrun with 5 star coffee shops, Spectra at The Leela Ambience Gurugram remains a standout. It ups the ante on characteristic buffets by posing natively obtained organic food (when they can), with copious of options for our vegetarian friends plus the A La carte menu has a delightful selection. It’s impeccable for a heartening carb fix, and a great place for dinner and a catch-up.

ROMSAI, BANGKOK

In order to find Romsai, look for the discreet picturesque jungle-scape comprehensive with waterfalls from the lobby of The Banyan Tree. It’s an understated entrance for an all-day diner that’s made such a splash. Each dish is plated with artist precision, including the desserts. In house guests and locals tend to come here for breakfast with a menu that runs from stacked pancakes to an impeccable omelette to Thai delicacies. The splendid environs that never feel too tautly formal; drop by on an urge for just about anything you fancy.

GUSTI, PERTH

On a languid summer’s afternoon, there’s no better place to be in all of Perth. Positioned at the facade of Crowne Plaza in East Perth, Gusti has privileged views of the Swan River and a splendid modern Australian menu. Indigenous produce is put to work in their cyclic menus which deliver a native turn to some global cuisine selections to suit every palate. The welcoming vibe makes solo dining an additional gorgeous prospect, but it’s also a beautiful place to take a date (so you can share more food).

SHEKI, AZERBAIJAN

Rustic brick walls, handmade cushions and spreads; mellow lighting and relaxed seating illustrate this place. At the Café at Karavansaray in Old town Sheki you will walk into an airy, stripped back space, with a perched up open cubicle,where waiters will give you two options to choose from. Just coffee or the one which comes with all the local delights that go with it. My advice? Don’t fear and order all at once. Naturally, you should start with a delicious whole walnut (in syrup) jam as they call it, but don’t neglect the famed Shaki Halva candy and the Uzzum (grape) Murabassi (preserve).

-Rupali Dean is a food writer based out of Delhi

Remembering VG Siddhartha, The Man Who Introduced Coffee Culture In India

A Tragic Loss

The disappearance and demise of Café Coffee Day owner VG Siddhartha left the country in shock. On Saturday, the coffee tycoon wrote a letter addressed to his ‘Coffee Day’ family where he apologised to them for failing as an entrepreneur and opened up about the pressure he had been dealing with. On Monday he went missing from Mangaluru, and 36 hours later his body was recovered by the fishermen in the city’s Hoige Bazaar.

The tragic episode saw tributes pour in for the billionaire businessman, whose ‘A lot can happen over a coffee’ idea brought enthusiasts closer and sparked the trend of coffee dates in India.

Despite running a mega empire, the camera-shy 60-year-old tycoon preferred to stay away from the limelight and mostly maintained a low-profile.

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