The International Diner
While breakfast spreads are generally the domain of five-star hotel dining rooms, The International Diner is one of the few stand-alone places in the city that serve breakfast. Everything from the very continental bacon and eggs to the very Indian paranthas and an interesting seafood omelette can be experienced here. Most items are served post-9 am, while a full English breakfast is served all day. They also have a decent a la carte menu. The burger is most unburger-like, with the patty replaced with diced tenderloin on a bed of mayonnaise coleslaw. The New Zealand Lamb Chops are good, too. The spacious and snazzy ambience provides an ideal early-morning start to the day.
Where: M-69, First floor, M -block market, Greater Kailash-I, New Delhi; 46696140
Cuisine: Multi-cuisine Timings: 9 am to 12 am Cost: R 1500
The Oberoi Patisserie & Delicatessen
This five-star patisserie and deli offers the best in luxury nibbles. Six sections spoil you for choice. You can get spicy Calabrian salami, San Danielle ham, Somerset Cheddar cheese, Kalamata olives from Greece, breads the likes of which Delhi has hardly seen, and even macaroons. There is gorgonzola cheese and goat cheese from Piedmont, but there’s also Edam and Emmanthal for the less adventurous. There’s even a choice of homemade pastas for those looking for something mainstream. The chocolate section makes sure you take something back home, and the pastry section offers grand theme cakes. A range of sandwiches, shakes and desserts along with special teas and coffees completes the gourmet experience.
Where: The Oberoi, Dr. Zakir Husain Marg, New Delhi; 24363030;
Cuisine: Patisserie, Delicatessen Timings: 8 am to 9 pm Cost: R 1500
Smoke House Deli
The décor mesmerises you and the food leaves you satiated. The unique lamps, the ink sketches and unobtrusive but relaxing music make it a winner of sorts. There’s a range of cheeses you can nibble into, and smoked meats to tantalise your senses. They serve a great Wasabi and Saffron Pappardelle and Peri Peri Chicken, and the Wild Mushroom and Artichoke Crepes Gratin is worth a try. There’s an enviable breakfast selection, from regular sandwiches and cereals to at least nine varieties of omelettes. The wine list is impressive.
Where: Shop No. 125, Ground floor, DLF Place, Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi; 46075646
Cuisine: European Timings: 10.30 am to 12.30 am Cost: R 2000
All American Diner
Get ready to be transported to old-time USA! The décor, done in classic American diner style, is supported by jukebox music and memorabilia that includes posters and plaques of iconic 60s’ American bands. In true diner style, the food portions are generous. The Classic Double Decker Burger, with a thick juicy chicken patties, cheese, tomato, and lettuce, is served with a side of home-style fries and cucumber salad. The Chilli Dog hits the spot as well. We also root for the pancakes (the buttermilk pancake is arguably the best in the city) and the Rum ‘n’ Raisin Cheesecake — the crust is perfect and the sweetness just right. The all-day breakfast menu offers the whole gamut, from eggs and bacon to hash browns, sausages and more. A quaint bar only adds to the appeal of the place. If you are not up for alcohol, we suggest you try the sinful Peanut Butter Malt shake.
Where: India Habitat Centre,
Habitat World, Lodhi Road, New Delhi; 41220000, 43663162
Cuisine: American Timings: 7 am to 12 am Cost: R 800
Basil and Thyme
A niche restaurant helmed by Cordon Bleu chef Bhicoo Manekshaw, Basil and Thyme has been the darling of the city’s beau monde for the last eighteen years. Brilliant all-white, minimalistic interiors, stone floors, and a view of the beautifully-kept greens of the posh Santushti shopping complex make for a peaceful and pleasant meal. The menu is European, with Italian and French accents thrown
in, and changes seasonally. Some of the all-time favourites include the mouth-watering Pita Bread with Feta Cheese and Aurugula, crepes and Mushroom Risotto. The stars of the menu have to be the Quiche Lorraine and Chicken Liver Pâté. What literally takes the cake is Gâteau Zara, a warm chocolate walnut cake served with ice cream. Alcohol isn’t served, but that doesn’t keep away loyal patrons. A great spot for a leisurely meal.
Where: 11, Santushti Shopping Complex, Wellington Camp, Chanakyapuri, Delhi; 24674933, 24673322
Cuisine: European Timings: 10.30 am to 6 pm Cost: R 1200