Hauz Khas village, a popular arty enclave in New Delhi, India, is changing at the speed of light.
My first visit in 2 months, and lo and behold, I now have to pay for parking. But to be fair, the muddy sidewalk is now paved over, so I suppose one mustn’t crib at paying Rs10 to park there.
I went with one of the city’s better known food writers and critics, for a casual getting-to-know-each-other lunch in Flipside, a new café, tucked away up a steep flight of stairs.
Simple food, relaxed service, wi-fi, and all very pleasant it was, too.
We opted for crepes, rather than pizzas. My companion had a sweet one – a rather daunting sounding confection of peanut butter, chocolate and whipped cream, whereas I opted for savoury. Cheese, mushroom, corn and lettuce – the latter not really doing it for me as part of a crepe, to be honest. I’d rather have had the salad on the side.
Nice cold coffee.
The puds looked good, and my companion proclaimed the sacher torte she ate as tasting home made.
I can see this place becoming popular with tourists and students, with its easy atmopshere and wifi. Today, for example, there was a young lady on her laptop in one corner, nursing a coffee. There were 2 rather bedraggled-looking French tourists, and later 2 American youngsters with their rucksacks propped against the wall. I met another girlfriend having a quick lunch reading her paper. All very casual and easy-going.
At Rs 90 ++ for a cold coffee, it ain’t cheap, but I can see myself calling in whenever I am wandering through Hauz Khas.
Flipside is open 10-10 every day except Tuesday, doesn’t have a liquor licence, takes credit cards – what else ? Oh yes, seriously, nice clean loo.
7, Hauz Khas Village
New Delhi 110016
Tel : 011 2651 6341