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Eat fine before 9

Delhi offers an eclectic mix of breakfast options. From street vendors selling omelets and bread with tea to restaurants having a lavish breakfast menu that feature European, American and even Lebanese cuisine apart from the usual Indian fare, there are options for every pocket and taste.

entertainment Updated: May 21, 2011 02:04 IST
Namya Sinha

Delhi offers an eclectic mix of breakfast options. From street vendors selling omelets and bread with tea to restaurants having a lavish breakfast menu that feature European, American and even Lebanese cuisine apart from the usual Indian fare, there are options for every pocket and taste.

Here's a look at restaurants that open up before or at 9 am to serve breakfast to its customers.

Jawahar Hotel
If you are visiting Old Delhi, then your breakfast would be incomplete without trying out the popular morning dishes Nihari and Paya. At Jawahar Hotel, breakfast starts at 7 in the morning and at times even earlier. A plate of Nihari costs Rs150 and paya or trotters Rs 150. Make sure you reach this place before 9 am because chances are that you might not get these specialities after that, as customers start queuing up outside the shop much before the eatery opens up.

Where: Jawahar Hotel, 9-10, Matia Mahal, Jama Masjid
Tel: 23269241
Timings: 8 am onwards
Average meal for two: Rs 300
Cuisine: Indian

BM Snacks Corner
The biggest crowd puller here is the parantha thali with aloosabzi (potato curry) at Rs15 that is served for breakfast. It is frequented by students from the National School of Drama, office goers on an early morning shift and even those who take the local train from Ghaziabad to Delhi. Bread pakoda with aloosabzi (Rs10) and samosa with aloosabzi (Rs10) is also sold for breakfast. Most of the people also come here for their morning tea and coffee, which is priced at Rs 5 and Rs10 respectively.

Where: Safdar Hashmi Marg, opposite Himachal Bhawan, Mandi House
Tel: 011- 23739139
Timings: 7 am onwards
Average meal for two: Rs 30
Cuisine: Indian

The International Diner
The USP of this diner is multi-cuisine fare, as they offer American, Lebanese and Indian breakfast options. The menu has a lot for those who love omelets, with options like the Mexican omelet (Rs175) and grilled chicken sausage omelet (Rs210) to choose from. While they serve paranthas with regular stuffings such as gobhi, pyaz, and potato (Rs11), it is the sharaabiparantha (Rs175) that is the most unique. English breakfast is also offered here (Rs275).

Where: 1st floor, M 69, Main Market (M block), GK-1
Tel: 011-46696140
Timings: 9am onwards
Average meal for two: Rs 500
Cuisine: American, Lebanese, Indian

Food Mill
24 hours and 7 days a week, the extensive breakfast menu is the USP of this place. Pancakes with choice of toppings (Rs149), omelets (Rs150 onwards), and waffles (Rs149) are some of the options for breakfast here. The English breakfast, which comprises of eggs, bacons, sausages and more, is priced at Rs 299. The portions served here are huge and bigger than regular servings in most of the eateries. For those who want to cool off, smoothies, shakes and fresh fruit juice is also available here.

Where: Building No 9B, Ground Floor, DLF, Phase 3. Cyber Greens, Gurgaon
Tel: 9650044223, 0124 - 4811811
Timings: Open 24x7
Average Meal for two: Rs 500
Cuisine: Continental, Italian, Lebanese

Choko La
This one is for those who love chocolates, eggs and health food. They have an all-day breakfast menu, with options like the Lazy Breakfast, consisting of eggs, fruit juice, fruits, tea and coffee (Rs 300). Egg preparations are what makes this eatery popular. Scrambled eggs in truffle oil (Rs120) and Egg Benedict (Rs 95) are the best selling breakfast items here. You can also order from bakery selection that includes croissants, muffins, and various kinds of breads. Pancakes and waffles with cream and honey is also a popular option here.

Where: 36, Khan Market, Middle Lane
Tel: 011-41757570
Timings: 8 am onwards
Average meal for two: Rs 1,000 (Plus taxes)
Cuisine: American

All American Diner
Cheery red booths and a jukebox here takes you back to old time USA. The speciality is the American styled breakfast, complete with waffles, eggs, pancakes and more. Some of the popular breakfast options are sunrise skillet (Rs 255) that consists of bacons, eggs, pancakes, and Pierre’s French Toast Combo (Rs 215) that has a combination of French toasts, sausages and more. Don’t miss out on the variety of omelets the place has to offer. The buttermilk pancakes here are a major draw for people. They also have an option of breakfast buffet (Rs155 plus taxes).

Where: Habitat World, India Habitat Center Lodhi Road
Tel: 011- 43663333
Timings: 7 am onwards
Average meal for two: Rs 1,000 (plus taxes)
Cuisine: American

Wongdhen restaurant
Located in the Tibetan colony of Majnu Ka Tila, the restaurant is a favourite with students of Delhi University. The pocket-friendly prices and big portions is the USP of the place. They also have the facility of outdoor seating, where you can enjoy the weather. The breakfast menu is not very ornamental, with basics such as eggs, toast, cornflakes, tea and coffee being a part of it. Egg preparations and bread toast starts at Rs 40. Don’t miss out on the fluffy pancakes (Rs 50) served with honey.

Where: 15-A, New Aruna Nagar, Majnu Ka Tila
Tel: 011- 23816689
Timings: 8 am onwards
Average meal for two: Rs 250
Cuisine: Continental

Karim’s
Come here for a guilt-free breakfast without any frills and fancy settings, and satiate your taste buds with Nihari and Paya made in pure ghee. The price is much higher than other places selling the same fare, as a plate of Nihari costs Rs186 and Paya Rs186, served with lemon slices and garnished with green chillies. This can be eaten with tandooriroti. These items are just served for breakfast that goes on till 11 am.

Where: 16, Gali Kababiyan, Jama Masjid
Tel: 011- 23269880
Timings: 7 am onwards
Average meal for two: Rs 500
Cuisine: Indian

Jain Kachori Wala
Hot and crispy kachori stuffed with lentils and served with chutney and potato gravy is the hottest seller here. Priced at Rs15 for two pieces, the kachori here finishes by noon, so make sure you reach early. They also sell purialoo (Rs 20), and bread pakora (Rs16). They also offer home delivery of kachoris, but after a minimum order.

Where: Jacumpura (Jacobpura), opposite girls school, Sadar Bazar, Gurgaon
Tel: 9958011405
Timings: 8am onwards
Average meal for two: Rs 50
Cuisine: Indian

Mrs Kaur’s Crepes and More
Located in Khan Market, the place is popular with youngsters and the expat crowd. Open throughout the day, it serves more than just crepes, with a vast breakfast menu. Some of the popular delights here are poached eggs with asparagus and salmon (Rs325), Bretton (Rs295) amongst others. Egg Benedict, English breakfast, cereal bowl, and banana bowl are other options available here.

Where: 66 (1st floor), Middle Lane, Khan Market
Tel: 4352-8300 or 98189-00005
Timings: 7.30 am onwards
Average meal for two: Rs 1,000
Cuisine: Continental

Delhi’s favourite
BunMakhan (bun and butter) is one of the most popular street food breakfast options available in the city. The bunmakhan is priced at Rs10 and is served with a milky tea. Some of the places where you can eat it are: the tea shop in Chanakya cinema complex, Nizamuddin (tea stalls near NizamuddinMarkaz), Old Delhi, in front of New Delhi Railway station (near the paharganj side).