Re-visiting ELMA’S in HAUZ KHAS VILLAGE

This is a follow-up review.  For my initial review –  here it is again.

On a rainy Delhi afternoon, Ahilya and I battled through the ludicrously noisy traffic all along the approach road and especially at the boom gate into Hauz Khas village, and dashed through the rainy gullies, clutching a shared, rather leaky umbrella.

Destination Elma’s for a light, catch-up lunch.

The welcome was warm, our drippy brolly was stowed, and we chatted with Shelly Sahai, the café’s friendly owner, who was having a cuppa at the next table.  It was a tad surreal that Shelly and I were wearing virtually identical jade pendants, both bought in Singapore, but that’s life, I suppose.

I stuck to the same smoked salmon sandwiches as last time, but rather than tea, we both opted for a fresh beetroot and ginger drink.

Sarnies :

And the absolutely luscious coloured beetroot drink :

The drink was very good, tasted nice and beetrooty, but was a tad pulpy at the end, despite Shelly giving a kindly, helping hand to Ahilya half way through lunch, stirring her drink for her.

Elma’s is cute, I love the quintessentially English feel of the china and tea pots and the deliberate mismatching.

Laid-back easy-going service, in the best sense of the word –  no-one is trying to hurry you along, which is good.

As I said the last time I visited, in April, I still feel it’s a tad pricey :

Recommended.

And I went back, which is a good sign.

 

I review anonymously and I pay my own bills.   No freebies.

ELMA’S in HAUZ KHAS VILLAGE, NEW DELHI

Hauz Khas village is changing at the speed of light, with new restaurants and shops opening seemingly every week.  I had heard about Elma’s Bakery & tea House in Hauz Khas for quite a  while, so last Friday Sonam and I went there for lunch.

The place is charming, with a real chintzy, English feel to it.  A lovely collection of tea-pots is dotted on shelves around the small restaurant, and there is even a tea-pot-covered piano in one corner.

They have lovely china –  pretty flowery cups and plates, in different designs, adding to the English tea-shop feel.

We both had smoked salmon sandwiches, which were delicious.  Lovely brown bread, generous amount of salmon, but Rs 350 for 4 tiny sandwiches ?

We both had tea.  Of course.

I was more adventurous than Sonam and tried echinacea and lemongrass (for serenity, I think it was ).

Nice, but Rs 100 per pot = non-serenity-making.

Sonam had pudding and declared it delicious.

So.

Verdict ?

Charming, nice relaxed service.  But I think Rs 1500 for sandwiches and tea for 2, and one small pud is expensive.

I didn’t tell them that I review/blog and we paid our own bill.

 

 

FLIPSIDE CAFE in NEW DELHI

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

LAL BEHARI TANDON in DELHI

When it’s hot in Delhi, the only thing to wear is cool, “chikan” work clothing.

And the classic place to buy these light, summery clothes is at Lal Behari Tandon, an unassuming, low-key shop in Aurobindo Place market, to which shoppers have been beating a path for years.

Selling only Lucknowi chikan, and only classic designs, the prices are more than reasonable, the service unfailingly polite, as they open kurta after kurta after kurta for you to choose exactly which embroidered design you wish to buy.

Nothing fancy about the interior.  Nor the prices, which suits most shoppers just fine.

The Aurobindo Place shop, below

Helpful sign in the changing room :

4 Aurobindo Place market

Hauz Khas

New Delhi 110016

 

Phone :011-26986552

I have never told the staff, over the years I have been shopping there, that I write and blog, and obviously I buy my own clothing.

 

Personally recommended. 

 

NAIVEDYAM RESTAURANT in DELHI

This unassuming South Indian restaurant in Delhi’s Hauz Khas village is always busy at lunch-time, testimony to the delicious food, quick service and all-round nice feel.

3 of us went to Naivedyam on a boiling hot May lunch-time, relishing the cool interior and (paradoxically) the complementary glasses of piping hot, spicy rasam.  Service was friendly and prompt, the food was as delicious as it has been on every previous visit and the bill for 3 of us, who were too full to finish the crispy dosas, was less than Rs 600.

What more can you ask ?

 

 

The full 9 yards – a paper dosa.

Great address, too : 1, Hauz Khas village.  Phone numbers to reserve are on the bill (above)