Lucknow, the city of Nawabs is still famous for it’s tehzeeb or courteousness. The city is growing at a fast pace. It is rich with great historical places to visit, awesome food to taste and brilliant chikankari work to shop and modernization is fast settling in. But still there are some things that can be rightly called as narrow mindedness. The girls and guys can still not go out. They are frowned upon as soon as sighted and speculations are made about the two being a couple. And even if that may be true, what’s wrong?!!
This makes the situation of dating and relationship quite complicated in Lucknow. But then again, there are some really fantastic places to go on a romantic and truly memorable date that may actually make you forget everything and just enjoy the dinner with your beautiful partner.
1. The Clash of The Aunties
When you had prayed your longest to not be seen by your nosey masiji or phuphaji, you will definitely be ‘caught’ by at least one of them when you would be feeding paneer tikka to your baby and there she’ll be calling you out, “Arey babloo tu? Aur yeh ladki kaun hai?” with special stress on ‘Ladki‘!
But how can you miss out on these off the maps romantic restaurants?
Ultraviolet Restolounge, Sadar bazaar
Zomato Rating: 4.0
USP: Conveniently tucked untouched in the VIP area of the city, it offers a great place to spend some lovely time with your bae alone and enjoy a scrumptious multi-cuisine meal.
Royal Sky, Hazratganj
Zomato Rating: 4.0
USP: Located in the heart of the city yet excellent in providing a great outdoor seating ambiance with a lovely spread of Mughlai, Thai, Continental and authentic Lucknowi food.
2. The Gawky Strangers
Nothing can be a better descriptive word then ‘gawk’ for what these so socially concerned, with no work of their own people do. As soon as you enter a café holding hands…naaahhh… you don’t even need to hold hands; just enter a café with someone from opposite sex and people will lose all interest in their own coffees and burgers. They will turn their heads 180° in your direction and keep them that way until you may decide to pack your fare and go eat in your car instead.
Forget the worries and dig in the scrumptious food at these mind-blowing restaurants. Even they would not be able to take their minds off the food.
The Spice Factory, Gomti Nagar
Barbeque Nation, Gomti Nagar
3. Talk Of The Town
The people stay on a vigil to spot a couple so that they can start with their favourite pastime; gossiping! Shafre just one slice of pizza with your boy and booommm…. There, goes the news to your folks, of you hanging out with ‘boys’… Rumours of course know no boundaries so, the next person to narrate this story will have you been seen twice with ‘different’ guys each time!
What to do then? Just chuck these vella people and enjoy good food some place quiet.
Oudhyana- Vivanta By Taj, Gomti Nagar
4. Prying Eyes (& ears)
Even if there would be no distant cousins or buas and mamajis around, there is always the high chance that your conversation will be way too interesting for the man and the woman sitting at the next table… ‘Get life people! Start your own conversation… Or shall we give you some topics for extempore?’
Let your conversation and your concerns get muffled in the beautiful music and lovely ambiance of these restaurants.
Royal Café, Hazratganj
Zomato Rating: 3.9
USP: The romantic and peaceful surrounding teamed up with a lavish spread of both veg and no-veg food makes it one of the ideal places to take your girl out on a date.
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