8 most unique, out-of-the-box restaurants in India

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Relax with a beverage and a bite to eat while admiring the marvellous designs and interiors of these top restaurants in India. These cafes/bars/eateries are not just a treat for the palette but also for the eyes. From minimal designs to psychedelic wonders, these cafes make the most of any space possible.

1. Top Restaurants in India | Bad Cafe, Mumbai

Award-winning architect Nuru Karim designed the rippling black façade of Bad Café, Mumbai. The structure extends up to three levels, housing a yoga studio, retail space and café, and includes an open courtyard. The façade consists of a mesmerising layer of 25,992 recycled PVC electrical conduits, grafted onto CNC’s aluminium composite box panels, giving the illusion of a rippling wave of black skin across the surface of the building. Taking inspiration from the yoga studio housed in the building, the team from NUDES created the façade to reflect the anatomy of the human skin.

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2. Top Restaurants in India | Baradari, Jaipur

Reinventing the centuries old courtyard of City Palace, Jaipur into an al fresco diner was a task that architecture firm Studio Lotus rejoiced in. By keeping the rich heritage and craftsmanship of the building in mind, the firm decided to adapt the interiors to the contemporary times. Baradari which is Urdu for a pavilion with 12 doors, holds a delicate yet modern glass-enclosed seating area which blends seamlessly into the palace structure. Part of the rich legacy of Jaipur, it was unmistakable that a restaurant inside the city palace speak the visual and sensory language of Jaipur.

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3. Top Restaurants in India | Hangover, Bangalore

Three floors and spread across 7,000-square-feet is Bangalore’s popular restaurant, Hangover. It was built using large shipping containers transported from Madras and its design caters to millennials. Divided between two bars, one of the ground floor and another one on the mezzanine floor, an al fresco seating area on the first floor and dining areas on all three floors, the restaurant and bar takes inspiration from the bar culture in London. Architect Jatin Hukkeri created a vibrant space which is open to interpretation.

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4. Top Restaurants in India | Bar Palladio, Jaipur

A splash of blue stands out in the city of pink with Bar Palladio’s spectacular blue interiors. According to Dutch designer Marie-Anne Oudejans, making the interiors of Bar Palladio blue was an impulsive decision. Located at the Narain Niwas Palace hotel, this blue affair is more masculine but just as royal in comparison to the pink city of Jaipur. A combined effort of Marie-Anne Oudejans and Barbara Miolini, the restaurant turned out to be a truly world-class wine-and-dine spot with Italian roots. White-on-blue is the theme with blue-on-white florals hand painted by artist Vikas Soni, bringing together Oudejans visions of recreating a maharaja’s palace from the 1960s.

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Five years after Marie-Anne Oudejans revealed the elegant interiors of Bar Palladio, the restaurant is celebrating its status as a global design icon and the epicentre of Jaipur’s social whirl

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5. Top Restaurants in India | Plum by Bent Chair, New Delhi

Bringing together India’s leading hospitality brand First Fiddle F&B Pvt. Ltd by Priyanka Sukhija and Bent Chair by father-daughter duo Neeraj and Natasha Jain under one roof, is Plum by Bent Chair, an absolute experience not just for the palette but also for the eyes. The interior palette features shades of red, blue and yellow splashed all across the space in a tasteful manner. The dining section has a tropical roof brimming with an array of planters. An immersive three-layer wallpaper behind the bar transforms each time the lights change, making it hard to take your eyes off. A psychedelic haven, each space within the restaurant is adorned with unique features, keeping in mind even the minutest of details.

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6. Top Restaurants in India | Byg Brewski, Bengaluru

India’s largest microbrewery boasts of 65,000-square foot space and has five experience zones that cater to patrons. Located on Hennur Road, Bengaluru, Byg Brewski offers 16 types of fresh craft beer. Inspired by the feel of an old Italian town square, the space incorporates roof tile inserts on the wall with moss planted in them and tall weathered brick walls keep the aged looking charm of the structure intact. The five zones are Barbyric; a raw rustic bar, The Grub; which is on the ground level and is flanked by a large water body with the Silent Kitchen on the other side. The Chill Zone is a quieter place for larger groups while the Colosseum is a graffiti filled space which comprises nine large steps and a 40-feet-high screen. The highest point, Syn, offers spectacular views of the night sky and gorgeous sunsets.

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Bengaluru: India's largest microbrewery offers 16 types of fresh craft beer
Bengaluru: India's largest microbrewery offers 16 types of fresh craft beer
Bengaluru: India's largest microbrewery offers 16 types of fresh craft beer
Bengaluru: India's largest microbrewery offers 16 types of fresh craft beer
Bengaluru: India's largest microbrewery offers 16 types of fresh craft beer
Bengaluru: India's largest microbrewery offers 16 types of fresh craft beer
Bengaluru: India's largest microbrewery offers 16 types of fresh craft beer
Bengaluru: India's largest microbrewery offers 16 types of fresh craft beer
Bengaluru: India's largest microbrewery offers 16 types of fresh craft beer
Bengaluru: India's largest microbrewery offers 16 types of fresh craft beer
Bengaluru: India's largest microbrewery offers 16 types of fresh craft beer
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7. Top Restaurants in India | Ice Café, Ladakh

Ever imagined a natural ice café built at a height of 14000 feet above sea level? Recently, the Border Road Organisation opened to public an ice café in Ladakh which resembles a stupa and is built by running pipes under frost lines. This café’s structure is inspired by the designs of Indian engineer, Sonam Wangchuk and was designed as a means to conserve water on the hill during winter. The towers of ice are built by water being pushed through those pipes and made to fall on the ground, freezing in the form of ice. When spring rolls up, these towers will melt and the water which will be collected in tanks will be supplied to farmlands. Sadly, the ice café won’t hold for long and is expected to endure till mid-May.


8. Top Restaurants in India | Old Bombay, Goa

The street food of Mumbai found its way in the quaint streets of Goa. Right on Baga-Arpora Road, this cafe which is an ode to Mumbai food occupies a three-storey structure with each floor serving as a different space. The ground floor holds an alfresco seating area and bistro, the first floor is a casual diner and the upper level is a compact bar. Strong, floral accents dominate the interiors of the café, with vibrant bougainvillea wallpaper, floral wallpaper prints and garden furniture. It’s a taste of Bombay in Goa. Each floor has its own personality when it comes to interiors, making the experience of dining at Old Bombay a visual one.

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