10 Best Brunches And Late Breakfasts In New Delhi, India
In New Delhi on the weekends, brunch is king. From opulent hotel breakfast buffets with champagne free- flow to casual coffees in tiny cafes, India’s capital has it all. Scope out a some of the best breakfast places here.
Fio Cookhouse & Bar
Bar, Restaurant, European, Italian, Indian, $$$
FIO - Cookhouse & Bar, New Delhi | Courtesy Fio
Recently opened Fio Cookhouse and Bar is the perfect place to find relief from the chaos of Delhi’s Nehru business district. Serving a diverse range of European and Indian dishes, including salads, soups, gratins and casseroles, as well juicy local options such as kebabs and mutton curries, kalonji panner, biryanis and sweet desserts, the Fio Cookhouse and Bar is a perfect place for a relaxed evening or lazy Sunday brunch. The interior design, with lush plants, antique objects, chandeliers and plush upholstery, creates the atmosphere of a rustic, serene and family-owned countryside tavern, ensuring a peaceful and relaxed morning.
Located close to the lovely, yet often over-looked and forgotten, Safdarjung Tomb, cheerful and laid-back Hungry Monkey restaurant is a recent addition to New Delhi’s brunch spots. Sprawled over two floors, the restaurant has launched their Blowout Sunday brunch consisting of a delicious range of treats from the grill including delights such as roast pepper and smoked scarmozza cheese polenta steak. There’s also a fine range of desserts, including chocolate chili bread pudding and baked cheese cake with blueberry compote.
Situated on the two spacious floors in the artsy and trendy Meher Chand Market, the French restaurant Chez Nini is a perfect choice for a lazy weekend brunch or a cosy lunch with friends. The lively restaurant features modern French cuisine, including delicious dishes like warm duck salad with pomegranate, duck pate and grilled pears, hearty and filling French onion soup and even the French culinary classic – the light and healthy ratatouille gratin made from fresh local produce. The restaurant’s interior design, with rustic tables, eclectic artwork and the full-sized iron tree lamp creates a charming and artsy atmosphere, loved by locals and tourists alike.
With a reputation built on its tasty and well-priced Oriental brunch, the modern and chic Kylin Premier restaurant features modern pan-Asian cuisine. Conveniently situated on the third floor of Ambience Shopping Mall, the restaurant offers an impressive variety of Asian signature dishes: steamy Cantonese dim sum, classic Thai green curry, tasty Singaporean chili crab, spicy Malaysian noodle soup, Mongolian starters and Japanese teppanyaki grills. One of the best priced brunch menus in New Delhi, the restaurant’s brunch also includes a variety of sparkling wine, champagne, mojitos and even sangria, a rarity in Delhi. The dim lighting, warm colours and open bar area ensure sophisticated, yet laid-back ambience, perfect for a Sunday outing with friends.
Located close to Fio Cookhouse & Bar, the Oh! Calcutta restaurant stays true to its name and serves traditional Bengali and Nawabi cuisine, as well as wide range of Chinese and continental dishes. The highlights of the menu include prawn malai curry, mutton rezala, and classic Lucknowi biryani. With several branches in Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore and Pune, the restaurant has become a favorite among local foodies. On weekends, this family friendly restaurant offers a lovely brunch buffet, ranging from seafood dishes such as traditional machh bhaja, a fried fish snack, to delicious Bengali desserts such as sandesh, made from milk and sugar. A la carte options are also available.
Cheek by jowl with the legendary Qutub Minar monument, Olive Bar and Kitchen specialises in traditional Mediterranean classics. Dishes to delight diners include Cesar salad, seafood and wild mushroom risotto, as well as a variety of pasta dishes, ranging from penne arrabiata to spaghetti meatballs. The restaurant, however, is more known for its oven-baked thin crust pizzas, with the Milano paper pizza being the signature dish of this delightful alfresco restaurant. Sit in the white pebbled courtyard under the shade of the Banyan trees, or go for the tree-top terrace bar overlooking Qutub Minar. On Sundays, the restaurant offers a lovely brunch menu with light offerings and superb coffees.
One of the first authentically Japanese restaurants in India, serene Sakuraoffers the best of Japan’s cuisine, ranging from popular street food like ramen, a noodle soup dish with meat, sliced pork, dried seaweed and green onions, to the best of kaiseki, the formal royal Japanese cuisine. On Sundays, the restaurant offers a fantastic set-priced brunch with large and unlimited selection of traditional Japanese dishes, including sushi, sashimi, tempura, teppanyaki and ramen, with the menu changing every week and the fresh ingredients flown in directly from Japan. Although simple in interior design, the restaurant is popular among expats and the diplomatic community.
Restaurant, Bar, Contemporary, Thai, European, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, $$$
For a truly luxurious brunch, elegant and distinctive Set’z restaurant is is great choice. Situated on the third floor of DLF Emporioshopping mall, the restaurant features no less than seven different international cuisines – Northern Indian, Thai, Chinese, Coastal Indian, Arabic, European and Japanese, with dishes ranging from creamed goat’s cheese with rocket salad and hummus with pita bread and grilled kebab to sushi rolls and soupy dim sums. With an open-air terrace, and indoor seating, including a central dining area, private rooms and a walk-in wine cellar, the restaurant usually offers a set-price buffet menu for the weekend brunch, but a la carte options are also available during evening time.
Bar, Market, Restaurant, Indian, Vegetarian, French, European, Asian
Situated in the Lodi Colony market, the elegant and charming Tres restaurant serves traditional European cuisine. With smart-casual yet cosy interior decor, dim lighting, wooden furniture and great selection of French and Spanish jazz music, the restaurant ensures relaxed ambience throughout the day. The weekend brunch offer, starting from a midday, includes a buffet-style menu featuring a variety of European salads, sandwiches and cheese, as well more hearty dishes, including chicken, turkey, duck and lamb, followed by a selection of desserts. During brunch hours, the restaurant does not offer a la carte options.
Sequestered away in a pretty suburb of New Delhi, the lush and green New Friends Colony, the pan-Asian restaurant Yum Yum Tree features an interesting blend of contemporary Chinese cuisine and oriental street food dishes. The spacious and airy restaurant has two seating areas, including a section with the one and only sushi conveyor belt seating in New Delhi – quite a selling point among the city’s adventurous foodie crowd. Menu highlights include large selection of modern Asian dishes, ranging from fragrant Thai curry, spicy spring rolls and light crystal skin dumplings to delicious prawn dim sum, mouth-watering Japanese grill and fresh snow pea salad. For brunch prior booking is advised.