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A sandwich, coffee and cake in Delhi

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A travel journal to Delhi by phileasfogg

Tea and a muffin Photo, New Delhi, India More Photos
Quote: Actually, make that wraps, quiches, muffins, tea, hot chocolate and more as well. Reviews of some restaurants in Delhi that serve up relatively unfussy, inexpensive ‘Western’ meals: the basic sandwich-hot drink-cake model.

An overview of the coffee shop chains

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Barista Photo, New Delhi, India
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Till about 15 years ago, the options for going out for a coffee were fairly limited in Delhi. All the five-star hotels, and some of the other upper-rung hotels, did have their own coffee shops, but these were (and still are) exorbitantly priced—especially if all one wanted to do was meet up with old friends over a cup of coffee. Or if one was in a hurry and wanted to grab a sandwich somewhere along the way. Then, in 2000, Barista made its debut in Delhi, bringing with it good coffee, cakes, sandwiches—better than what was formerly available at the government-run ‘coffee homes’, but nowhere as expensive as the coffee shops in hotels.Over the years, more have opened. Some, like Café Coffee Day...Read More

The Chocolate Room

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Restaurant | "Very chocolatey, and not in a good way"

Chicken Caesar baguette  Photo, New Delhi, India
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Like Chocolateria San Churro, The Chocolate Room is also an originally Australian chain. It now also has outlets in the US, UK and Canada, but I hadn’t known they’d opened a store in Delhi until my husband and I visited the PVR Anupam shopping complex a couple of days back. Both of us are very fond of chocolate, and when we saw that they also served lots of food other than just chocolate, we decided we’d have a quick lunch here.From street level, the restaurant is several steps down. It’s not a very large area—just about ten tables or so, and that too pretty cramped. There’s a display board covered over with Post its and scribbled paper napkins (I’m guessing these are testimonials from happy custom...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 17, 2012

Bagels Cafe

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Restaurant | "Bagels galore—and pretty good pie too"

At Bagels Cafe Photo, New Delhi, India
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Bagels Café is on the ground floor of the DLF Place Mall, and at first sight struck me as slightly cheesy: it sits on a platform a couple of feet off the floor of the main public area, and is surrounded by a white-painted wooden fence. The chairs are white-painted wickerwork, and the walls are covered with huge mural-like posters of bagels, stroopwafels, sandwiches, etc.Since we happened to be in DLF Place Mall a couple of weekends back, we decided we’d step into Bagels Café and have a look at their menu. It was pretty extensive, and sounded good, so we sat down to have a quick lunch.Bagels Café offers a variety of bagels with cream cheese (with inclusions like sundried tomatoes, hari...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 17, 2012

Segafredo Zanetti Espresso

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Restaurant | ""McDonald’s serve better burgers than this!""

Viennese coffee and carrot cake Photo, New Delhi, India
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Segafredo opened a fairly large outlet in Select CityWalk Mall several years back, and we—my husband and I, my sister and her kids—liked what we ate there: the sandwiches were tasty and fresh, the muffins and cakes good, the coffee excellent. Then, with other more exciting restaurants and cafés (Amici, Mamagoto, even The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf) opening in the mall, we somehow stopped visiting Segafredo. Until now, when I decided it was time to give them another try.We discovered that in the years since it’s opened, Segafredo has changed its style somewhat. From being an out-and-out café, it’s become a café and hookah bar (rather an odd combination, that). About six smallish tables comprise the ca...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 17, 2012

Chocolateria San Churro

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Restaurant | "Ahoy there, chocolate lovers"

A sandwich at San Churro Photo, New Delhi, India
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When we first saw that a place called Chocolateria San Churro had opened in the Greater Kailash-II M Block market, we were very excited, because both my husband and I are very fond of chocolate. We visited a couple of times within the first week itself—and realised that we probably weren’t the only people who’d noticed the ‘Coming Soon’ signs and had been looking forward to the opening of the place. Chocolateria San Churro was pretty full whenever we visited.They had a few quiches and puffs (what are known in the UK as pasties), but the emphasis was obviously on chocolate—hot chocolates, cold chocolates, chocolate fondue, churros with chocolate dip, etc. Even among the desserts, chocolate predomina...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 17, 2012

Muffin Break

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Restaurant | "The end isn’t too far, either…"

Cheese and olive scones Photo, New Delhi, India
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4 Countries. 250 Stores, 230 Million Muffins... And That’s [sic] Just the Beginning! reads a large framed poster inside the Muffin Break outlet. And, having eaten here, I decided one had to add another sentence to that "and that’s just the beginning" statement. If they go on this way, it’s soon going to be the end.On a Sunday when we were supposed to meet some relatives for lunch, the lunch date fell through at the last minute. We had to go to M-Block Market for some shopping, and decided to eat there—but M-Block’s dining options range between either the pretty expensive, like Diva and Rara Avis, to the really pedestrian Indian Chinese, which we avoid. Looking around for places to eat...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 17, 2012

Elma's Bakery and Tea Room

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Restaurant | "Teatime was never so good"

Elma's Bakery and Tea Room Photo, New Delhi, India
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Friends had been recommending Elma’s to us ever since it opened a few months back, so my husband and I finally decided to go and check it out. "It’s a tea room," my sister, her husband and their children had told us. "High tea and cream teas—but they’re so huge, you may not be able to fit in dinner afterwards."So we decided to approach it the other way: since Elma’s opens at 10 AM, we decided we’d do a relaxed Sunday brunch here.To get to Elma’s, you walk down the lane to Hauz Khas Village and take a sharp U-turn to the right after you’ve passed Kafe D’Or. Walk down the narrow lane here, keeping an eye out on your left; near the end of the lane is a small sign—lettering on a black background...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2012

Elma's Bakery and Tea Room
24/1, Middle Lane, Hauz Khas Village
New Delhi, India
011-26521020