Fine-Dine Amidst The Clouds: Roof-Top Restaurants Around The Globe

A meal on the 63rd floor. Drinks with the golden hour at the horizon. Cheese and fritters with the city at your feet. No, these aren’t just hopes and aspirations of the everyday city dweller, or frames from a Bond movie. These are the descriptions of real-life restaurants from all over the world. Constructed with the idea of that high life in mind, following is a list of exuberant dining destinations that are landmarks of their own accord:

1. Ce La Vi, Singapore

Experience the taste of the good life at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Ce La Vi is a restaurant perched on top of the famed Marina Bay hotel, looking down at the bustling city from 57 floors above. The cuisine is prepared by award winning chefs – the lunch and dinner menus feature mains such as Pan-Roasted Kuhlbarra Barramundi with Chili Oil, while desserts include Orange Citrus & White Chocolate Gateaux. The restaurant also comes coupled with a skybar where one can choose from an extensive list of fine wines, sakes, beers, liqueurs, spirits and not-to-forget the Ce La Vi specials.

With crimson umbrellas at every table and a white and wood décor, the restaurant looks like a garden of red blooms in the daylight, and an otherworldly party spot at night which is sure to give anyone a fear-of-missing-out.

2. Sirocco, Bangkok

By the river, surrounded by clouds, the Sirocco is a grandiose experience high up in the sky. It is located on the 63rd floor of the 5-star hotel, Lebua at State Tower. Sirocco is the world’s highest al fresco restaurant and one of Bangkok’s most coveted dining choices. The feature that sets this place apart is the 360 degree take of the mesmerizing city with the Chao Phraya river in clear view. The restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine prepared by renowned chefs and the Sky Bar offers a variety of cocktails and wine. Come up here for a renaissance of the senses, with twinkling stars above and twinkling city all around.

3. White Rabbit, Moscow

An eatery in the hub of the capital, the White Rabbit is straight out of the pages of a Lewis Carol book. Nestled on the 16th floor glass dome of the Smolenskiy Passage, this restaurant makes you see Russia like never before. The décor is reminiscent of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and is a nostalgic dive into the world of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The glass dome structure offers a very quaint view of the Russian capital’s skyline but ambience is not the only thing that is special about this place. “Here, traditional Russian dishes are intertwined with the latest gastronomic trends, and local products vie with recognized world delicacies,” the experts conclude. With a nod from the world’s leaders of fine wine and dine, aren’t you itching to be a part of this adventurous wonderland? Not just book lovers, but anybody looking for an escape from reality into a fantastical land of exceptional food and splendid sights are sure to love this place.

4. High Note Skybar, Budapest

High Note Sky Bar offers some of the most spectacular rooftop views in Budapest. To get to the bar, one needs to walk through the over-the-top lobby of the 5-star Aria boutique hotel, and take the elevator to the top floor. The panorama is truly stunning: the Liberty Statue, the Buda Castle, and St. Stephen’s Basilica all appear within arm’s reach. The bar is known for its range of signature cocktails that consists of eight classics, including a Daiquiri, Sazerac, and Martini. It also offers non-alcoholic mocktails and Hungarian wines. The food menu holds a sumptuous European spread, sticking to its native culture.

5. Rock Bar, Bali

Regarded as Bali’s most popular sunset destination, the Rock Bar is a part of the 5-star Ayana Resort and Spa in Bali. It is perched atop the distinctive rock formations of Jimbaran’s sunset coast, 14 metres above the Indian Ocean offering spectacular views of the horizon intermingled with the pristine blues of the ocean.

The journey to Rock Bar is as dramatic as its venue – it is accessed through Ayana Resort’s dramatic cliff-side inclinator. Heralded as one of the world’s best bars by authoritative sources like CNN and The New York Times- you got to trust the experts on this one. There’s hard to find any error in their service of eclectic Western cuisine and elaborate cocktails that can be tailored to match the customer’s tastes. Be it a romantic date, or a weekend catch-up, the Rock Bar will be etched into your memories forever.

There you go, a bucket list of gastronomical destinations that are a treat for the eyes. If you could compare dining to a 4D surround sound, Virtual Reality experience of your favourite film, then this would be it. This is what a meal in paradise looks like.

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