Lazy Dining in Delhi – Table for One

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Anna Karenina

The Delhi Walla sets off to a pleasure trip.

[Text and picture by Mayank Austen Soofi]

A good café is one where you can read a book. Or write one. Delhi does not have many. Those which fancy themselves as cafes (think Barista, Café Coffee Day and Costa Coffee outlets) are extremely youth-centric, noisy and pretentious. They lack individuality. The food is industrial; the stewards speak with accent; the music is loud (the in-house music bands are often embarrassing); and they all try too hard to be American. Besides, the high turnaround obliges you to leave, once you have dunk down your coffee and munched your sandwich, within a tolerable time limit.

By launching the Table for One series, this blogsite has undertaken to profile eating places in the capital which are moody, easy-going, and where you can be free of the city’s fast-paced life for a while. These hangouts – cafes, restaurants, and dhabas – would be recommended not because of food but for their romantic ambiance.

Some considerations to be kept in mind while deciding the places: Are there (at least some) dishes which are full-filling and inexpensive (but not unhealthy like McDonald burgers); is the staff attentive and still let you be; is the clientele noisy (too many kids scurrying around); is the décor jarring to the senses; is there some time during the day when the place is not packed to a full house; and most importantly – can you concentrate on the book you are reading. Or writing.

The Delhi Walla hopes that the series would assist the readers in finding their own comfort zones in the city.

Bon voyage.