Eat, pray and love: Rise and Shine
Long before our minds were clouded by keto, intermittent fasting and GM diet, breakfast was one meal that we could indulge without any fuss about carbs and fats. Things may have changed a bit but there are still an enthusiastic lot who set out early morning in search of a kingsized meal.
While it's a shame to limit the city's breakfasts spread to the ones below, Mail Today recommends its favourite haunts, where you might just end up going more than once.
EGGS AND MORE
Ama Cafe, a gem tucked away in the bylanes of North Delhi's Majnu ka Tilla is one of our latest favourite discoveries in the city.
We promise you the drive to north Delhi would be worth the effort as you enter this beautiful space. Reminiscent of hillside cafes, this is a place that you'll be reluctant to leave after breakfast.
Spread over three floors with wooden-and-stone interiors, Ama has a vibrant and happy vibe. Perfect for an outing with friends or even a breakfast date, this cafe is also surprisingly pocket friendly. The options range from a Himalayan breakfast with eggs, aloo khasta and Tibetan bread to a traditional English spread.
All this accompanied with a variety of fresh juices ranging from carrot, sweet lime, pineapple and more. And pancakes - perhaps the fluffiest and tastiest you'll find in the city! You can spend hours here, clicking Instagram-worthy pictures at every corner.
Do remember to pack some freshly-baked cakes and cookies on your way back.
Meal for two: Rs 500
Timings: 7 am to 9.45 pm
One of the city's newest swanky addresses, The Chanakya mall might open only at 11 am for the public but breakfast at NicoCaara starts at 10 am. Part of Nicobar's flagship store in Chanakya, it serves an absolutely delicious allday breakfast.
Most of NicoCaara's menu uses fresh produce from its own farm or sources organic ingredients from local farmers. For instance, the Chilli Avocado on Rye Sourdough has avocados from their own farm. And the gluten-free orange and almond cake (one of the best in town), is served with homemade mascarpone cheese.
There is a selection of seasonal juices to go along but the best is the Nicobar elixiar-with fresh pineapple, mango, orange, banana, coconut water and chia seeds.
Meal for two: Rs 1,000
Timings 10 am to 10pm
In a mood for indulgent bread rolls for breakfast but too lazy to make them at home? Head to Anglow Whisky Bar and Anglo Indian Kitchen which is reinventing the charm of the early 1900s with its Anglo Indian menu.
So, this is your chance to relive your train journey meals with the Indian railways breakfast tray which comprises potato and green pea cutlets, jim jam toast, breadsticks, corn flakes and fresh fruit or milk.
And then, there are the cream cheese and potato bread rolls served home style with a mint chutney and yogurt dip. For those whose mornings are never complete without eggs, Anglow has an entire section dedicated to different varieties of eggs including bacon devilled eggs, eggy waffle toast and more.
Meal for two Rs 1,500
Timings 9 am to 1 am
If you've braved the Sunday lunch-time crowd for the Andhra /Telangana Bhavan biryani, then you won't regret reaching here early enough for breakfast one day. Their pure vegetarian fare is simple, albeit, true to its Telugu genes.
The basic thali comprising idly, dosa and vada with chutney and sambhar, finished off with tea or coffee is extremely filling and fulfiling. If you are lucky, you might land up on a day they serve pesarattu (green gram dosa) filled with upma-a typical Telugu household breakfast.
The sambhar here is one of the most authentic you'll find in the city, without the fancy plating and high pricing.
Meal for two: Rs 300
Timings: 8 am to 10.30 am
The idea of going to Chandni Chowk in this weather might be a put-off. But then, can the heat ever deter kachori and samosa lovers?
An early morning trip to Jai Tara, a hole-in-the-wall shop in Old Delhi's Dharampura will always be worth it. Be here early and you'll find people waiting for their packings of fresh and crisp kachori, samosa, chole and methi ki chutney.
It's a saatvik place and draws a loyal clientele who come all the way to have their morning treat sans onions and garlic. To finish off the royal meal, there are some delicious mithais such as gulab jamuns and ghewar (in this season).
The best part? The space is spotlessly clean, unlike many other little establishments in the neighbourhood.
Meal for two: Rs 100
Timings: 9 am to 8 pm