Review: Hyatt Place Hyderabad’s rooftop lounge offers the best of cocktails and fusion food, all with a stunning view
here are many reasons why the all-new Zing Sky Bar + Lounge is on our list of favourite bars in the city. For starters, its the spectacular view of the bustling Road Number 1, Banjara Hills — one of the few rooftops in this locality. Fortunately, the loud noise of the busy street doesn’t reach you for the lounge is situated on the sixth floor of Hyatt Place Hyderabad. There’s also a glass flooring in the middle of the bar that gives you a view of the hotel’s five floors beneath. Although this triggers an adrenaline rush within us, a sense of elation follows as we finally walk on it — not before we’re assured by the staff that it has layers of thick unbreakable glass.
The rooftop lounge also has a pool (for in-house guests only), a truck serving live barbeque and private sections for large groups. With the city lights on one side and live bar and kitchen on the other — the setting dazzles just as much as the bright blue satellite dish replicas set up in a corner that add to the industrial-modern décor of the bar.
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We settle down in a table beside the glass enclosure for a view of the road with Whisky Smash — a refreshing cocktail made of lime, sugar syrup and Bourbon whisky. My companion opts for a Zing Sangria — a tangy punch made of red wine and chopped fruits.
As we spent time in silence enjoying the picturesque view, chef de cuisine, Jayanto Ghosh, arrived with a plate of Mumbai Mini Vada Pav — an interruption we didn’t mind! The miniature aloo stuffed vadas and pavs are as delicious as the ones served in the streets of Mumbai. The spicy Baked Pepper Chicken is cooked in South Indian masala and topped with a thin layer of cheese, which has us scraping the plate till the end.
A fine example of Zing’s fusion variety is the Potato Vepudu Rolls — soft rotis stuffed with home-style cooked potato masala and chutney.
We wash it down with Cuban Limetta (white rum, sweet lime, pomegranate and soda). Seafood lovers must try Prawns Koliwada Bruschetta — crispy prawns layered on bruschetta.
Sorbet for the soul
Before we pick our mains, we glance through the elaborate menu and spot a list of One Bowl Menu — seven bowls covering different cuisines. We try the BBQ Chicken and Sausage Rice Bowl — a hearty meal with succulent meat and stir-fried veggies.
Vegetarians can try Falafel Rice Bowl, served with Arabic rice and sauces. Just as we sigh after the elaborate meal, Chef Jayanto is back with a variety of sorbets, insisting we try it.
The menu offers a host of sorbets made with rum and vodka too! If you’re in the mood to experiment, we highly recommend you to try the sorbets — they’ll have you wanting for more.
Price for two: Rs.1,500.
Pics: R Satish Babu.