For those looking to gaze at New Delhi’s Qutub Minar while grooving to upbeat music, Dramz in Mehrauli promises unhindered views of the iconic minaret in the company of bar bites. Text and photographs by Bayar Jain
I recently caught a fleeting glimpse of the Mughal era from atop a whiskey bar on a full moon night. Strategically located to offer views of the iconic Qutub Minar—with open-air seating across all the floors of the restaurant facing the minaret—Dramz comes to life with party songs of the 21st century to create a juxtaposition of the old and the new. I step out of my cab and face a huge board with the restaurant’s name glittering in gold. A quick walk beyond turquoise fences, up the stairs crossing an indoor seating done up in European decor, past the crowds munching away goodies at another al fresco seating on the third floor, I finally reach my table–the exclusive fourth-floor terrace with limited seating. Upfront, the mighty monument is glistening under the moonlight with occasional cameos of whizzing aeroplanes. Instantly, I’m floored by the view.
Toasting to the night, I quickly order my drink—whiskey-based Miami Beach, a Dramz signature. While I wait for my drink to arrive, I try my luck at guessing every song blaring from the speakers behind me. It instantly becomes obvious that the lounge caters to party-lovers, with many English dance numbers finding a spot on the playlist. To my right, I notice a family sharing a laugh; while to my left, recently-graduated college students are dancing. Upfront, a couple is sharing sweet-nothings on a romantic date night. Dramz, I see, is undeniably a crowd-puller, even in today’s pandemic-ridden times.
While I sip onto my yellow-hued fruity concoction, complete with an orange wedge, I peer over to the lower floors. A fountain—albeit closed—takes centre-stage, with countless diners on each side. Many, I notice, have decided to dance next to their tables while enjoying their drinks. I, however, decide to pair my sweet cocktail with a fresh salad and chicken appetisers. The Qutub is a filling bowl of crunchy lettuce leaves, interspersed with cut apples, grapes and peppers, and topped with a sweet honey drizzle tying it all together. The stir-fried chicken, on the other hand, is loaded with Schezwan sauce tossed with capsicum, onions and herbs.
Done with oriental, I decide to shift gears and indulge in a different cuisine. And, thus, a Middle-eastern pizza (also known as tandoori pizza) piques my interest, mostly owing to the fusion of Italian and Middle-eastern flavours it promises. A thin-crust pizza finds a way onto my bamboo table, wherein the chicken chunks and onion juliennes topped on to the cheese are hard to miss. An undercurrent of desi flavouring, too, eyes for attention.
I also opt for a gnocchi alla sorrentina, another Italian offering available here. Small, soft potato dumplings swim in a bowl of buttery, creamy mozzarella sauce with hardened, herby garlic bread to scoop. By now, my stomach screams to stop the bombardment, filled to the brim with the multitudinous cuisines it devoured. I take one last lick of the butter sauce, say my final goodbyes to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and head home with a memorable night to linger on in my mind for long.
Price for two: INR 1,300 approximately (without alcohol)
Address: 1580/1, KD Marg, Near Qutub Minar, Mehrauli, New Delhi
Reservations: +91 9311022419 / +91 11 26646702