The next time I visit Delhi, I will simply take the word of Delhi friends on what is a great place to have lunch. The internet is not always the best person to trust in these matters.
Staying in CP on a Saturday afternoon, I googled the best places to eat and came across Parikrama, the revolving restaurant as one of the better places to eat in the locality and also that it offers a panoramic view of the city’s iconic spots. Decided to give it a try as I couldn’t locate the nearest Karim’s.
Parikrama is located on the 24th floor of Antriksh Bhawan, which is a fairly old building in the area. Wife’s friend Bhavneet who arrived ahead of us, tried to book a table and occupy, but the management said that she could get a table only when all 3 of us would reach. We hurried to get to the spot and luckily by the time we reached, they had let down their strict nature and let Bhavneet get a table. Surprisingly, the restaurant was only 30% occupied – I wondered why the fuss then, it was close to 4 pm as well, not really the peak hour.
The lady who escorted took some time in understanding that our friend was already there, until we spotted Bhavneet and waved to her. We took our seats and started to figure out how the restaurant revolves. The floor is probably a disc, that moves at a very very sedate pace, that you don’t realise that you are moving until your position changes after 10 minutes. There are boards on the wall that indicate Delhi’s iconic spots you can spot through the window, but the smog and surrounding buildings didn’t really make it a big attraction.
We ordered couple of beers – Hoegaarden and a Carlsberg and chicken tikka lal mirch for starters. The chicken looked good and I expected a North Indian delicacy, but it tasted like a regular tandoori chicken. It was good enough to get going with. Wife ordered a lemon coriander soup, which she termed as ‘fresh’.
We ran into a different problem now, wife has motion sickness and she couldn’t sit in the place. In hindsight, I should have had the foresight to anticipate this. She was really uncomfortable and took frequent breaks to keep herself from being nauseated. To quickly wrap up, we ordered a laccha paratha, pudina paratha and a murg lababdar which was recommended on Zomato. Wife ordered a smoked cheese cigar which was surprisingly good! But we were too full and in a hurry to leave by then.
A decent place, but they really need to work on the service and in making their food better overall. The attraction would definitely be worth it then.