Finally, Elma’s Bakery, Cakes and Tearoom at Hauz Khas has a companion—Edward’s Sandwich Bar, Deli and Artisanal Food Shop. Run by the same people who manage Elma’s, Edward’s (both places are named after the owners’ pets) is housed directly under the former and is just about a week old. The chalkboard above the kitchen and deli counter tells you clearly that this is not a place for rushed “fast food” or to be stingy with calories.
Currently serving a selection of 14 sandwiches (eight in the Carnivore section and six in the Grass-Eater section) plus waffles and meat and cheese platters, the deli also stocks a few varieties of imported meat (mostly the varieties used in their sandwiches), cheeses (some are locally sourced), fresh raviolis, dips, sauces, jams and other foodstuff such as rye flakes and marinated olives.
The good stuff
We tried the Baconater sandwich (bacon, cheddar, tomatoes, lettuce, chipotle mayo, wholegrain bread), Rs.430. Served on a beautiful, polished wooden board with a crackling mustard dip and ketchup, the Baconater was a hearty “meal” and one that was not served with forks or knives. This is sandwich eating old style: Pick it up and dig in.
The bacon was juicy, the lettuce crisp, the cheddar slice thick—sandwiches don’t get better than this. Though we did not try any of the sandwiches from the Grass-Eater list, two that will compete for our attention on our next visit include Batty Yoghurt (warm yogurt cake, boiled beets and citrus salad with green chillies, baguette, Rs.430) and Very Vegan (roasted carrots, pumpkin, garlic, snow peas, cashew dressing and sour dough, Rs.380).
What we loved about Edward’s, apart from the ancient bread-maker positioned at the entry along with a candelabra, and the numerous glass funnels, test tubes, glass bottles with corks (very chemistry lab-ish), is that this deli is evolving.
Anisa Nariman, who designed the Edward’s menu, tells us they will soon introduce salads, and these will essentially be some of the sandwich fillings minus the bread. You will also be able to buy small bottles of vanilla and citrus extracts and kahlua essence made at the deli.
A lovely tasting tray with small bowls of the dips, sauces and jams that are on sale at the deli sits on the main counter. We tried the in-house bacon jam, which was both savoury and mildly sweet to taste. Apart from bacon, the jam has maple syrup and coffee and some “secret ingredients” (Rs.450 for around 250g). Another in-house concoction on sale is Early Grey jam, which was creamy to taste with a mild flavour of the tea (Rs.300 for around 250g). Some of the dips and sauces that the deli stocks are sourced from local gourmand brands like Ms Chhotee’s, Foodaholics and Erna’s Gourmet.
We hope they will expand their menu soon and get that cappuccino and espresso machine rolling, though we had no complaints with the French press coffee they serve currently.
A meal with a sandwich, waffle and coffee cost Rs.892.
24/1, Ground Floor, Hauz Khas Village, Delhi (tel: 011-26562435). Open from noon-8pm every day.