Eating meat means giving a boost to toxic emission. “Producing 1 kg of beef results in more CO2 emissions than going for a three-hour drive while leaving all the lights on at home,” reports the UK paper The Guardian, quoting scientists. Farms raising pigs and chicken are just as guilty. So do your bit for the World Environment Day and stick to vegetarian fare this weekend. With this guide, you will not run out of choices.
* Café Turtle
A little gem in genteel Khan Market, with three more branches, Café Turtle lets you combine the pleasure of reading and eating. Buy a new book from Full Circle below, and climb upstairs for a snack. You can smell the delightful blend of books, coffee, fragrant teas and freshly baked cakes almost the moment you step in. Jazz music fills the background, while wind chimes tinkle gently. In this season, the café is running promotions on cooling drinks, so just chill.
Meal for two: Rs 700
Timings: 10 am to 9.30 pm
Address: N-8, Greater Kailash-I
* MGF Metropolitan Mall, Shop
No. 13, Saket
* 8, Nizamuddin East, Near Community Centre
* 5B, Khan Market
* Little Italy
There is a place by that name in Defence Colony, but it’s the one at the M-Block market in Greater Kailash-II that serves wholly vegetarian fare. We rate the food here way above the standard Italian stuff served in other stand-alone restaurants of the city. The mozzarella cheese and slice tomato starter is perfect, if pricey, and the abundant choice of main course makes you feel like vegetarians are finally getting their due.
PS: Their sinful desserts are not to be missed, especially the chocolate-ice cream confection.
Meal for two: Rs 2,000
Timings: 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm & 7 pm to 11.30 pm
Address: M-71, M-Block market, Greater Kailash-II
Ph: 66360192, 9899801186
If you believed fine dining and vegetarian food do not go together, try Sattvik. The food is thought by some to be a little heavy, but the recipes are innovative and the ambience very pleasant, which add up to a good, relaxing meal experience. Currently, they are running a promotion of 20 per cent discount on a bill of Rs 10,000 or more. That’s even more reason to check it out.
Meal for two: Rs 750
Timings: 11 am to 4 pm & 7 pm to 11.30 pm
Address: S-5, Second Floor, Select Citywalk mall, Saket
A haven for vegetarians in largely carnivorous Connaught Place (unless you wanted to eat dry sandwiches that stick in your throat), this place serves sumptuous thalis that look as good as they taste. Cuisines on offer are Gujarati and Rajasthani. Desserts range from the traditional favourite gulab jamun to the new kid on the block pineapple halwa.
Meal for two: Rs 350
Timings: 12 pm to 11 pm
Address: 1/90, Daulat Ram House,
P-Block, Connaught Place
* 3rd Floor, Metropolitan Mall, Mehrauli Gurgaon Road, Gurgaon
* V3S East Centre Mall, Food Court, Laxmi Nagar
n Great India Place Mall, 3rd Floor, Sector 38A, Noida
Probably the best place in town for hot chocolate, which is served in steaming ceramic glasses and comes with an international variety. The all-day breakfast menu is good value. Plus, it has the usual gamut of sandwiches, soups, salads and pastas. The pancakes are warm, fluffy and accompanied by yum syrup. The shop is holding chocolate-making workshops for kids aged 4-17 at a cost of Rs 900 per day.
Meal for two: Rs 500
Timings: 10 am to 10.30 pm
Address: 61, Basant Lok, Vasant Vihar
This restaurant specialises in south Indian dishes. The staff dress in typical veshti and kurta and welcome you with rasam and papad once you are comfortable. Served on a banana leaf, their maharaja sajjige masala dosa is a must-have.
Meal for two: Rs 400
Timings: 11 am to 11 pm
Address: F-12, Kalkaji, Main Road
* 1, Hauz Khas Village
Just the right place if you like Chinese but do not want meat. Both Indian and Chinese cuisines are served here and the central location means you can drop by any time.
Meal for two: Rs 300
Timings: 7.30 am to 11 pm
Address: 17A/32, WEA Gurudwara Road, Near Metro Pillar 98, Opp. Jessa Ram Hospital, Karol Bagh
Ph: 45000390, 45000355, 45000366
* Country Inn & Suites
This is an ‘all-vegetarian cuisine hotel’, which means its all-day restaurant 64/6 and its tea lounge Café J both serve meat-free fare. 64/6 has Continental, Oriental, Italian, Indian and South Indian cuisines, plus a teppanyaki ice cream counter.
Where: 64/6, Site 4, Sahibabad
Compiled by Shalini Makol and Unnattee Eusebius