Waterfront

Finally ate at the Waterfront yesterday. It’s that fancy place on Necklace Road that I’ve ogled at from the outside and been wanting to try out for a while.

It’s on Necklace Road, as I said, overlooking the lake. All glass, discreetly covered with curtains on three sides (not on the lake side, obviously!) There’s also a terrace, smartly positioned a little lower than the indoor area, so the view is unobstructed. We ate on the terrace – lighted with little hanging bulbs, a barbecue (a tandoor, actually!) at one end. It’s a beautiful view – the lights of the city reflecting in the water, far enough away to keep the sense of peace and quiet.

Nice large tables, comfortably big chairs, not too high, with armrests and all. Enough space between tables to be able to have a conversation without being interrupted by other peoples’ cell phones. What surprised me, though was the absence of tables for two or three – they were all four-six tops.

We walked in early – before they started serving, but a hostess received us, and explained the cover charge to us. She actually explained it, and apparently there was even a board explaining it! Made me laugh at the time, but I suppose it makes sense in Hyderabad! One thing I do wonder about is why she didn’t see us to our seats when we said we’d prefer to dine al fresco. Especially given the fact that you have to leave through the front door and go round to reach the terrace – there’s no direct entry from the restaurant.

But the food was excellent, the service was superb (we were in a hurry, and they managed to be quick, efficient and still attentive!). The ambience – a beautiful setting, good taste in furniture (though the indoor area had some ghastly artificial trees), cutlery and linen – definitely good.

A cover charge of Rs.350 a head is definitely not too bad, and around Rs. 1800 for a dinner for three (two non-vegetarians and a vegetarian), including drinks and starters may be expensive by Hyderabad standards, but not excessively so. All in all, a very enjoyable meal, and a fine restaurant.

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3 Responses

  1. good review. was thinking of having a meal there.

  2. thnks 4 the review … no more ghastly trees …no cover charge … lots of 2 tables but nthey hv all 4s by the lake 😦

  3. […] Necklace Road, a famous road in Hyderabad. The lake is a bit stagnant and a bit smelly! We ate at Waterfont, on Necklace Road which wasn’t as good as our hotel, but the view out of the window was nice. […]

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