Restaurants and romance have an odd old relationship. Does food work as a welcome distraction when conversation turns tepid, or does it get in the way when you’re sort of warming up to each other? I’d like to say it’s the perfect wingman; it brings you together when the occasion is right. If music is the food of love, food may well be the starch that binds. Of any city in India, I’d be tempted to say that Delhi has the most romance. These restaurants take it a notch higher, when you want to feel really, really smitten. They’ve got the formula down pat—open spaces, twinkling lights, music that ensures your chats stay private but you can still listen to each other—it’s the little things that usually make us fall in love. Whether you’re looking for Thai, Italian, Mediterranean, or Moroccan, these Delhi eateries had us at starters.
Inspired by villas in Tuscany, Tonino is spread out into two distinct sections. The outdoor part is fashioned like a courtyard with fruit trees scattered amongst the tables; the indoor section is made up of warm brick walls. Even when the nighttime Delhi sky has dimmed, Tonino makes the best of us feel like we’re under the Tuscan sun.
Fio Country Kitchen and Bar
Located in the Garden of Five Senses, this country kitchen makes no apologies about bringing together Italian and North Indian cuisine under one (open-air) roof. Maybe it’s passion from both regions that unites? Suffice to say, Fio leaves our senses of sight, sound, smell, feel and touch extremely satisfied.
Cheri One Qutub
My Cheri (One) Amour is a pretty little restaurant that I adore. It manages to give you space while somehow keeping things cozy. To get you in an even cozier state of mind, there’s a fixed-price limitless-glass-of-drinks for a solid 4 hours every evening. The menu offers European and Continental menu options.
Casablanca, DoubleTree Hilton
Why did you have to come to Casablanca? There are other places. Or are there? It isn’t just because I associate the name of the city with romance that makes the toughest heart skip a beat—this luxurious Moroccan meal is definitely worth making the trek to Gurgaon.
No matter what the weather, a view of the moonlit Qutub Minar always seems to put us in a better mood, along with the clever Thai menu. It’s tough to believe that such an unassuming little door hides behind it a labyrinth of layers—but then again, isn’t that just like every good love story?