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Warm and welcoming, Elma’s Bakery has managed to retain its charm in the many years that it been at Hauz Khas Village. One of the best things to eat here is from their breakfast menu which is on until 12.30 pm where the baked eggs with ham is truly a star while the full English breakfast is a close second consisting of two eggs, grilled tomatoes, baked beans, mushrooms and sausages. The chicken and mushroom pot pie is absolutely delicious with its gravy cooked in wine and the crispy puff pastry working so well against it. Elma’s special Macaroni and Cheese is not worth missing especially because of the creamy sauce and you have the option to throw in some extra bacon or ham to make it a filling meal. When it comes to dessert, the ever-popular Red Velvet Cake is a good option, but try the chocolate banana and candied walnut crepe to actually change your mind about a good quality crepe. The waffles are also fresh off the griddle and options such as raspberry and cream and lemon poppy seed will just knock your socks off.
This place had pretty good reviews, so we decided to check it out. However, we didn't km find it very exciting - both in terms of the decor/vibe and the tea. The staff did not seem to be too familiar with their tea - got us the wrong tea. So-so!
We used to frequent Elma’s a lot till several years ago, when it was a small and quaintly cozy little tea room in the back lane of Hauz Khas Village. This time, visiting Hauz Khas Village after almost a year, I was surprised to find that Elma’s has shifted—it is now on the main Hauz Khas Village road (shortly after you go past the barrier), located on the upper floors of a building on the right. The winding stairs, though not steep, are still a bit of a climb, and there’s no lift. I was wondering if there would be space (since one of my lasting complaints about the Elma’s at the previous location was that it had so little space), but to my surprise, this Elma’s seems to have a good bit of space. There’s a table—tailormade for a romantic duo—on the balcony overlooking the street, and beyond, with a stairwell letting in natural light through a skylight, there’s the main dining area. This spreads across two floors and has a décor very much like the earlier Elma’s, even if not exactly quite so quaint. There are pretty pictures, framed butterflies, flowers in teapots. The menu has a range of pizzas, pastas, grills, sandwiches, and the like. Elma’s also specialize in two important mealtimes (besides the more usual lunch and dinner): breakfast (where they offer classic breakfast dishes like the full English fry-up) and tea (where they do variations of high tea, including finger sandwiches and delicious scones with cream and jam). I was here for lunch, though, so I focused on the mains. I wanted the weekend English roast (served with vegetables, Yorkshire puddings, gravy etc, which sounded mouthwatering) but when I was told that was unavailable, I settled for a grilled chicken with a sauce of green peppercorns and mustard. The dish arrived after about fifteen minutes. This consisted of two breasts of chicken atop a generous mound of mashed potatoes, with sautéed vegetables (green beans, carrots, broccoli) on one side, and the green peppercorn and mustard sauce on the other side. I was very impressed with this, because it managed to skillfully avoid several of the mistakes that most other bistros and cafés in Delhi tend to make with a dish like this. The chicken was cooked well, not overcooked and stringy. The vegetables were just tender, not mushy and going grey. The mash was beautifully velvety and delicious, and the sauce was a successful experiment in balance: neither wishy-washy nor (and this happens in so many Delhi restaurants, given strong, sharp flavours like green peppercorns and mustard) pungent or overpowering. It had subtle but well-defined flavours and was beautifully creamy and good. It was a good-sized portion too, and ordinarily I would probably have skipped a dessert: but I succumbed to temptation and ordered a coffee walnut cake and a cappuccino. The cappuccino was strong and good, but the coffee and walnut cake was in a different realm of good-ness altogether: soft, moist coffee-flavoured sponge (soaked in a light coffee syrup? I’m not certain, but soaked, definitely) and frosted with a thin, elegant layer of coffee icing, garnished with roasted coffee beans. Ticked all the boxes, and then some. I paid Rs 1,247 (inclusive of taxes and service charge) for my meal. Expensive, yes, but also worth it. I’d gladly go back here for more.
Elma’s is hidden in a corner and you’ll easily miss it if you’re not looking for it specifically. This is the only place which serves scones and they are fantabulous. I usually visit this place every single time I’m passing by Hauz Khaz, even it means to take a u-turn. The place is beautifully appointed and has two floors. The place is very underrated which is sad as you don’t see many people, but for people who like to sit in a quite place and enjoy a beautiful meal then this is the place to be. It also serves high tea menu which is actually good. Red Velvet, Rainbow cake and scones are a must try at this place.
Very English, that's how I would begin. You feel like you're in someone's house ,very sweet ambience ,loved it. Started with the rocket watermelon feta salad which was very refreshing to the mushroom melt sandwiches which were somewhat dry ,sorry but that's how they were to the seasonal veg pot pie which also lacked some sauce in it but still ok . The moist chocolate cake was really moist and good and must try were the waffles. Really good. .
Great place to catch up with friends, food is very impressive , quite liked their Carnation chicken and smoked salmon finger sandwiches , pastries along with refreshing mint tea.Place deserves 4.5 / 5.... 3.5 for the food and 1 extra for the white piano that we enjoyed playing .Important info for those who cannot stand the smell of cheese(like me)... run straight up to Elma's on the 1 floor and those who love cheese should spend some time on the ground floor that houses a small cheese shop/cafe.Cheers & Happy eating !
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Have you been meaning to catch up with a friend over coffee for ages and did not get a chance? Why not call her ahead and treat her to a fabulous high tea at this charming bakery in Hauz Khas Village? Known famously as ‘Elma’s Bakery’, this quaint designer bakery is the place to be if you want to get together with someone or even want to lose yourself in a current paperback. Elma’s will provide you the right backdrop for any kind of occasion. This lovely Hauz Khas Village entrant has fascinated the diners since its opening with gorgeous interiors and delicate Victorian vibe. From its second floor perch, the bakery looks upon a soothing view of the lake. It makes for a great ambience while you are enjoying your cuppa.
Elma’s Bakery is the perfect place to enjoy your morning waffle and watch Delhi wake up. With their wide range of breakfast options, they convince you to have a lavish breakfast before work. Their menu is a mix of Continental, American and Italian fare to be washed down with a pot of gourmet tea or Elma’s hot chocolate. If Elma’s is your evening haunt then start your meal with an array of appetizers. Wasabi prawns, zucchini fritters, sumac dusted falafels, polenta crusted crispy spicy chicken, pan seared fish cakes, mushroom duplex, Elma’s crispy potatos skins and paprika zatar grilled parwns, will do very nicely. For a tad heavier affair let chef tempt you with, fish ‘n’ chips, shepherd’s pie, the buff ‘un burger, exotic vegetable pizza, penne wild mushroom, ham & brie sandwich, whole Himalayan trout, aubergine & zucchini bake and chicken & mushroom pot pie.
The best part of dining at Elma’s is the amazingly delicious sugar concoctions they come up with. Add well-deserved inches to your waist by wading through the dessert course entailing, berry fudge cake, chocolate pillows, sweet tartlets, lemon meringue pie, pineapple surprise, New York cheese cake, hot ooey-gooey dough pudding, hot apple pie and classic tiramisu. There is so much to explore that one trip won’t be enough to Elma’s Bakery. A moss green stairway leads to this charming bakery. It then opens into an airy well-decorated room, which branches into several nooks and corners. Cozy twosome seats are placed all over the place, even next to the stairway, for you to relax in. Elma’s is not exactly cheap.