To start your day right, head to Chawri Bazaar for some inventive sandwiches at Jain Coffee House in Raghu Ganj (once Delhi’s main granary, incidentally). We sat down amid grain sacks and ordered the specialities: fruit sandwiches. Our favourite was the mango sandwich—slivers of mango, thin slices of paneer, butter, jam. There are also apple, pomegranate and grape sandwiches (Rs20 each).
For something heartier, head to Eggspectation for their bagel and lox (Rs295). This hearty portion of chewy bagel with ample salmon and creamy cheese is perfect before a big day.
Jain Coffee House, Raghu Ganj, Chawri Bazaar (23918925). Monday-Saturday, 9am-7.30pm.
Eggspectation, Jaypee Vasant Continental, Basant Lok, Vasant Vihar (26148800); Jaypee Siddharth Hotel, 3, Rajendra Place (25760000). 24 hours.
Peckish pre-lunch? If you’re near Connaught Place, the veg sandwich at DePaul’s is as creamy as their cold coffee and the lettuce surprisingly fresh (Rs15). At Keventer’s, get the famous lurid-yellow chilli-kulcha sandwiches to go with the famous lurid-pink strawberry milkshake. The kulcha has compressed paneer ‘bhujia’, onions and chilli sauce (Rs20).
DePaul’s, 22, Janpath Bhawan, Janpath (23328214). 9.30am-7.30pm.
Keventer’s, 17A, CP, Inner Circle (23713573). 9am-midnight.
Wenger’s is good for lunch on the run. The prawn cocktail sandwich–diced shrimp in a creamy pale-orange sea, buffered by white bread–runs out fast (Rs45). The chicken mayonnaise sandwich is brilliant, with lettuce, tomato—and walnuts (Rs45).
Scrumptious: The bagel at Grapes with its trimmings.
For a sit-down lunch, try Grapes (Rs295). It has the most beautifully presented bagel we’ve seen, with Parma ham, cured salmon, sliced cucumber and capers. The restaurant also has a fine “Euro sandwich”: Pick three cold cuts from the deli counter and add to mayo, mustard, olives, celery and lettuce on toasted ciabatta (Rs245).
Le Café in GK also offers imaginative sandwiches. Their popular sesame-crusted chicken is served with an eggplant “caviar”, some greens and pita bread (Rs300). It’s been replaced on the menu by a crispy duck version, but is still available—just ask for it.
Grapes Hotel Parkland, A-2/5 Safdarjung Enclave (46033333). 7am-midnight.
Le Café, N-1, GK-I, N-Block Market, third floor (41731035). 11.30am-10pm.
Wenger’s, A-16, CP, inner circle (23324373). 10.30am-7.45pm.
In the afternoon, indulge in the ‘angrez’ tradition of high tea. We’d recommend the Imperial’s Atrium. You’ll find tuna, salmon, cucumber and egg sandwiches, all elegantly diminutive (Rs600). The smoked salmon sandwiches at Threesixty’s high tea are also good (Rs750; Rs1,000 with champagne).
Well bre(a)d: Sandwich fillers.
For a more casual experience, try United Coffee House’s club sandwich (Rs175). It’s surprisingly neat to eat, consisting of four small triangles tightly packed with chicken salad and ham.
Atrium, The Imperial, Janpath (23341234). 3pm-6pm.
Threesixty, The Oberoi, Dr Zakir Hussain Marg (24363030). 4pm-6pm.
United Coffee House, E-15, Connaught Place, inner circle (23411697). 10am-11.30pm.
The BLT sandwich at Yellow Brick Road (Rs350) is huge. Or head to Sancho’s for a torta—Mexican bread rolls with cooked fillings such as spicy Serrano chicken or habanero barbeque chicken (Rs275). For a pricier bite, stop at Pickwicks. Their club sandwich is old-fashioned, hearty but manageable (Rs495). For vegetarians, there’s focaccia with sun-dried tomato salsa and vegetables in a balsamic dressing (Rs450). Or create your own sandwich with a choice of fillings and breads.
Yellow Brick Road, The Ambassador Hotel, Sujan Singh Park (24632600). 24 hours.
Sancho’s, E-3, South Extension-II, (46076422).
Pickwicks, The Claridges, 12, Aurangzeb Road (41335082). 11am-11pm.
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