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Capital breakfasts

Zofeen Maqsood, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 16, 2013
First Published: 00:20 IST(16/3/2013) | Last Updated: 00:23 IST(16/3/2013)

While the mercury continues to rise, it's the time of the year again when one looks forward to get out of the bed for an early morning walk in the balmy breeze, before the sun takes on the day relentlessly. Quite an apt time then to also explore breakfast options available around the city.

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While traditionally Indians have had a culture of having breakfast, in their homes, with only a handful of places such as All American Diner or Coffee House serving breakfast early, it's interesting to see the trend changing little bit. Sid Mathur, co-owner, Smoke House Deli says, "Culturally Indians have always regarded breakfast as a meal that was had at home. This was also because families had cooks at home who would make their aloo parathas or butter omlettes, but with a lot of young professionals living on their own, the trend is reflecting the culture in New York or London."

Also people are getting more health aware. Chef Ravinder Singh says, "Breakfast outing is the new urban trend. It suits people if stuff like eggs benedicts and probiotic smoothies with anti-oxidant tea is available readily. Needless to add disposable incomes and flair to live a cosmopolitan life are other factor s adding to the culture."

Porridge pots
Where: Elan, The Lodhi, Lodhi Road

USP: The newly opened eatery serves at an early hour an a la carte breakfast menu that combines the best of the East and West. The place has the perfect ambience for a power business breakfast meeting. You can choose a continental breakfast spread or go for bircher muesli with grated apples and hazelnuts or can ask for comfort breakfast like oatmeal porridge with stewed apple and maple syrup.

Charges: Rs. 1500 plus taxes for a breakfast meal for two

Biker's stop
Where: The Biker's Cafe, Vasant Kunj

USP: If your idea of summer mornings is biking to sweat it out followed by a king-size breakfast, then you can check out this little cafe dedicated to bikers. With the breakfast menu starting at Rs. 80 onwards there's a lot to choose from cereals of your choice to exotic sandwiches. The owners assure that automobile enthusiasts will always find fellows to discuss more on their passion over breakfast.

Charges:  Rs. 300 for two

English affair
Where: Smoke House Deli, Khan Market

USP: An ideal place to plan a breakfast outing after an early morning jog at the Lodhi Gardens, the Deli offers the best of European breakfast. You can choose from eggs benedict with German black forest ham to herbed balsamic smoked chicken sandwich. A popular choice with the expats, the menu also has Thai preparations.

Charges: Rs. 800 for two

Buffet spread
Where: Eggspectation, Jaypee Vasant Continental, Vasant Vihar, USP: If you want to be spoilt with choice over what to have as the first meal of the day, then this place could be fun to explore. The eatery serves close to 140 items on the breakfast menu apart from a dedicated summer mornings cooler menu for juices and shakes. The eggs and their various experimental combinations remains the speciality of the place. So from pancakes, waffles, fruit platters to even big breakfast spreads like sausages, the place looks serious about breakfast.

Charges: Rs. 650 for two

Probiotic punch
Where: The Pink Room, Hauz Khas Village
USP: At this newly opened hip cafe, the terrace area is reserved for sunny breakfast spreads. The  low-calorie menu is crafted keeping the health conscious in mind. The dietician stipulated menu combines tasty treats without compromising on the health benefits. You can choose from drinks such as papaya and honey smoothie, to low fat yoghurt muesli to fruit platters. Also the breakfast menu is available till noon for the late risers.

Charges: Breakfast meal for two Rs. 800

Filter coffee mornings
Where: United Coffee House, Connaught Place
USP: If you crave for a breakfast menu straight from the back waters of Kerala, then you can settle for a hearty south Indian breakfast of uttapams, idlis, vadas along with special coffee to slough off any laziness. The new summer breakfast menu, also includes dishes that are season specific. There are also North Indian options to choose from such as maska keema bun to samosa chaat besides waffles and pancakes

Charges: Rs. 800 for a breakfast meal for two

Budget bites
Egg Burgers: At Mc Donald's the egg and cheese meal is served at 7.00 am onwards along with coffee and hash browns. Rs. 50 onwards.

Indian Touch: If desi fare like choley bhature is your idea of weekend breakfast, then head to Nagpal Choley in Amar Colony. The fare is Rs. 25 onwards 

Nihari Joint: For a breakfast meal favourite with North India's peasant class, the nihari served with tandoori rotis is an old Delhi's speciality. Rs. 30 onwards, Kallu Nihari, behind Delite Cinema


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