The monsoon season is finally here, there is not much that beats the happiness, a good plate of food and a cup of hot coffee or tea can give us! As we, the Dilliwalas are known all over the country for the best street food, it is not a surprise that for us rains automatically translate to Maggie, Samosas, Pakodas, Fried chicken, Momos and much more! Delhi has some fabulous options for the days when it is completely rain-soaked and you are craving for something piping hot and deep-fried or just healthy and delicious treats. So, all you need to do is rush to these 5 best food joints this monsoon in Delhi NCR for the most sinful, mouth-watering delicacies and add that spice to your drenched days!
Jugmug Thela, Saidulajab, South Delhi
Jugmug Thela is a cool and calm place with old school interiors, located in one of the streets around the Westend Marg in Saket. The menu is limited and consists of sandwiches, toasts, munchies, tea and coffee. Everything on the menu is delicious. It brings you artisan chai and coffee from India and around the world. They also have a reading room where you can buy and give away your old and read books. So, it is perfect for a snack-time visit to sit, sip, read and eat during those drenched Monsoon days.
Must haves: 12 Spice Masala Chai, Thai Coffee Ice Pops, Sparkling Lemon Ice Tea, Vietnamese Coffee, Masala Chai, Hot Chocolate, Club Sandwich, Marble Cake
Where: Khasra 258, Westend Marg, Saidulajab, Saket, New Delhi
Hauz Khas Social, Hauz Khas Village, South Delhi
An oldie, Hauz Khaz Social is one restaurant that has managed to maintain its popularity to brimming heights since the past years. This buzzing restaurant offers a beautiful view of the lake, the lush greenery of Deer Park and a pleasant atmosphere. The space is rustic-chic, complete with chipped walls exposing the underlying brickwork, electric wiring and AC pipes, a wrought iron winding staircase and yellow bulbs; mirroring the dominant eclectic aesthetic that rules Hauz Khas Village. It also has everything an office does – conference rooms, workstations and Wi-Fi. The menu is staunchly Indian, with splashes of European thrown in. Combined with its delightful food and drinks, it is the perfect formula for the perfect outing this monsoon season.
Must haves: Chicken Sandwich, Peri Chicken, Kadhi Chawal, Tikka Tacos, Kerala Coin Parathas, Chinese Bhel, Malabar Chicken Lollipops, Blue and Red Pills
Where: 9A & 12, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi
Café Lota, National Crafts Museum, Central Delhi
Nestled inside the National Crafts Museum plot, Café Lota is a quaint and artsy café that offers a contemporary take on regional Indian dishes. Bamboo slices the sunlight into flattering stripes at this outdoor restaurant making it a perfect ambience to enjoy a hearty and healthy meal. The menu cleverly fits in with the theme of its surroundings, encompassing dishes both popular as well as obscure from around the country, albeit with a modern touch. They also have an extensive breakfast menu to choose from, which has many Indian breakfast staples. As you get your breakfast fix, take your pick from their selected range of artisanal teas and coffees, or cold beverages and you are good to go on a rainy day.
Must haves: Bhatt Ki Churkani, Amritsari Amaranth Machli aur Shakarkandi, Palak Patta Chaat, Bhapa Doi Cheesecake, Mini Rava Idlis Molgapodi, Roohafza Milkshake, Masala Chaas, Kesari Lassi
Where: National Crafts Museum, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
Music & Mountains - Hillside Cafe, Greater Kailash (GK) 1, South Delhi
This classic English cafe transports you to a movie set as soon as you enter. True to its name, the interiors are bound to remind you of cafes in the mountains. They have unfinished flooring and wooden log tables. Even their ceiling is entirely covered with wooden logs. Plush armchairs stand proud, perfect for curling up on with a good book on a rainy day. Well-known as a great station for a variety of Italian and European scrumptious-bites. The café also offers a variety of signature cocktails, Sangrias to mouth-watering desserts.
Must haves: Grilled Sole Fish with Brown Butter Sauce and Parsley, Bear Mountain Cajun Pasta, Cottage Cheese Sandwich, Onion Soup, Salami PizzaClub Sandwich, Chocolate Eclair
Where: M-23, M Block Market, Greater Kailash (GK) 1, New Delhi
The Potbelly Rooftop Cafe, Shahpur Jat, South Delhi
Shahpur Jat has slowly been transforming itself into the hip and urban place where you can spend the day out between the best ambience, vibe, and food. And one such place that offers a gorgeous view outside when it is pouring hard is The Potbelly Rooftop Cafe. With mismatched chairs and upholstery, it has the vibe of a room where you can meet friends for a three-hour lunch. This cafe is culturally diverse as it offers delicacies of Bihari cuisine to cliche Continental and Italian.
Must haves: Litti Chokha, Mustard Fish, Prawn Curry, Keema Maggi, Litti Mutton Curry
Where: 116 C, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi
So, if you are looking to blow some steam after work or just hang out with friends, bookmark this list of top 5 eateries in Delhi NCR and have the best time during this monsoon season. Out Of The Box, Amour, Warehouse Cafe, Mia Bella, Sky Bar, Imperfecto, and Lodhi-The Garden Restaurant are some of the other cafes where you can sit by a glass window with a cup of hot chocolate and your favourite book to enjoy the rains too.
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Kruthika Dixit Kandpal, is an in-house creative writer for EazyDiner Pvt Ltd. She is a food enthusiast, social worker and blogger. She has contributed to the Safari India Magazine, The Statesman Newspaper, Wedding Vows Magazine, Sanchar Times and several other publications. Nothing is dearer to her than the joy of writing with her passion for food as the connection of food is not just with your tummy, but with your heart. In addition to writing a lot, Kruthika likes to eat and experiment with her cooking and gallivanting. And, if not inside the kitchen or at work, one can find her volunteering for NGO’s, exploring places, partying, travelling and shopping. She dreams of owning a restaurant one day and provide some notable contributions to the world of food.