From breathtaking panoramas to exotic gourmet numbers, Kolkata's Glook The Sky Lounge offers the best of both worlds
We can never have too many additions on our nightlife list, and the newest entry to Kolkata’s gastro-clubbing scene could really sort Pujo nights for you and your squad. New Town’s Glook The Sky Lounge is the less-than-a-month old resto-lounge impeccably curated to give you a sense of the best of several worlds. The rooftop joint has an exceptionally astute design - let’s start there. Every inch of the sprawling 12,000 square feet area has been judiciously used, from the foosball table zone to the mid-stair DJ console.
There are 5 separate set-ups, an extensive bar-cum-lounge (which can be easily transformed into a dancefloor), a fine dining zone, an upper level lounge or hookah zone, a capacious terrace featuring a cool cabana-splattered lounge, and an adjoining inner seating area which can double up as a banquet space. The open-air area itself is around 5,000 square feet and offers a panoramic view of the city.
“We wanted to feature something for everyone, and we thought a lot about how to make the most of each space. The first floor lounge, for instance, can be used by a private party for some quiet downtime. The terrace could be used as an open-air lounge, and we have a gigantic TV which could also play audio visual footage when we’re hosting techno nights or maybe a fashion show. The menu is also somewhat diverse and has some beloved classics; we have splendid Italian and we have Punjabi cuisine and Oriental numbers as well,” Ayush Agrawal, the mind behind Glook, tells us.
As we awaited our Gazpacho soup at the airy terrace, the first thing that struck us about Glook was the minimalism of the space; there were no overworked props or color-blocked detailing which we come across so often. The terrace was simply put up with cool geometric wicker furniture and a plush dark colour tone.
We found ourselves a gorgeous plate of fungi duxelles - an appetizer not easily available in the city. The open-stuffed fried number featured a hearty medley of mushroom, spinach and cheese, each element used in just the right consistency, which made this starter such a gourmet delight. We also tried some Lebanese falafel wraps and some very bingeable Zafrani paneer tikka.
We were surprised to find items like Bharwan Tandoori aloo and Satay Kai, which are obviously elaborate concepts, the latter being a popular Thai street food, we’ve always wanted to try. The house specialty is butter garlic prawn, which features succulent tempuras cooked in a desi blend of butter, spices and very subtle garlic notes.
We also tried some fragrant Thai green curry with generous coconut notes, and paired it with butter saute rice. We had very little room left, and decided to end our meal with a Litchi Gulla - we don’t want to spoil its surprise for you, but let’s just say, you’ll miss out if you don’t order this cosmopolitan dessert.
Price for Two: Rs 1,500