A stylish haven for north Indian fare that opens conveniently for lunch and brunch at the strike of midday, Punjabi by Nature Quickie cooks up mouth-watering thali plates, nashta meals and chaats. With a menu that’s overwhelmingly veggie-friendly, patrons here can expect a medley of paneer-packed rolls and puris, along with a smattering of dishes courtesy of India’s other great metropolises.
Address & telephone number: Punjabi by Nature Quickie, F-30 B, Inner Circle, Opp Metro Station Gate No. 6, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi, India, +91 11 4767 5701
Another veritable landmark on Connaught Place, the Indian Coffee House is a regular haunt of Delhi’s older residents. A walk down memory lane where liveried waiters in spotless white uniforms and turbans take orders and bustled about. The food remains good, and the rooftop seating with its view of the heart of Delhi remains one of the chief attractions.
Address & telephone number: Indian Coffee House, Mohan Singh Palace, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi, India, +91 11 2334 299
Bhimsain’s Bengali Sweet House serves up a sugary array of classic Indian desserts, along with curries, dals and savoury creations doused in in-house masalas and spices. For a filling meal, don’t miss the value combo meals, which include the likes of roti breads, raitas and mixed vegetable chutneys, and think about matching it all with a sweet lassi.
Address & telephone number: Bhimsain’s Bengali Sweet House, 115-117, Bangla Sahib Marg, Doctor Lane, Sector 3, Gole Market, New Delhi, India, +91 11 2336 3780
In the heart of Connaught Place, a little slice of Italy greets travellers who step into Caffe Tonino’s quiet ambience. The place offers a variety of breakfast food, from frittatas to waffles, and their signature Italian coffees are worth every penny. A variety of pastas and thin crust wood fired pizzas are also available for the brunch crowd. The café is the junior version of Tonino, one of Delhi’s restaurants of choice for authentic Italian cuisine.
Address & telephone number: Caffe Tonino, PVR Plaza Building, H Block, Connaught Place, New Delhi, India
United Coffee House is an elaborate affair with chandeliers and colonial fixtures in abundance. The food is classical and spans Indian as well as Continental tastes. The eggs Benedict, Oktoberfest Frankfurters and maska kheema (mincemeat) buns all come highly recommended, while the eponymous coffees are also worth a try.
Opening hours: Mon to Sun 10am-11.45pm
Watch out for: The eggs Benedict and a wide range of coffees
Address & telephone number: United Coffee House, E15, Connaught Place, New Delhi, India, +91 11 2341 6075
Conceived as an all-in-one restaurant, this place is split into two levels, with the dining area below and a bar on the upper level. The breakfast menu offers a variety of dishes and great if you like your breakfast early and piping hot.
Address & telephone number: Caffe 9, P-15, Connaught Place, New Delhi, India, +91 11 4150 9040