In a line: A-la-carte breakfast menu that is available all throughout the day.
Price for two: Rs. 2500(approx)
Location: The Lodhi, Loadhi Road
Must haves: Eggs benedict, pancakes with bacon and caramalised bananas
Whether you start your day with a slice of bread slithered with butter, or some stuffed paranthas topped with a dollop of desi ghee, paired with a bowl of curd, or simply with a cup of cappuccino, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and hence, should ideally become a sacred ritual in everyone’s lives.
With evolving palates, Delhi-ites have started getting accustomed to the breakfast scene, and hence, we are observing that a lot of restaurants have started introducing some commendable breakfast menus. But unfortunately, for those who do not wake up with the initial rays of sunrise, or those who would enjoy their pancakes even for lunch or snacking in between, the breakfast menu is off by 11 or 12.
That’s the highlight of the breakfast menu that has been introduced at Elan, The Lodhi. From fluffy pancakes with maple syrup, to hot aloo sabzi paired with fluffy puris to hollandaise drenched eggs benedict, the menu ensures that no palate goes unsatisfied, at any point in day. So even if you wish to dig into some nutella laden waffles in the afternoon, be assured that warm waffles will be on your way!
And to take the experience to another level, an a-la-carte menu is set in place, ruling out the traditional buffet breakfasts where all you’re eating is pre-made, heated food. Each dish is prepared to order, and you can have as many portions of the same dish or as many dishes as you may like. If that is not a steal deal, I don’t know what is.
Last Saturday, I decided to go healthy for a bit and gorged down on some freshly cut fruits along with a glass of fresh orange juice. Alas, I had to succumb to the staples and ended up ordering the quintessential Indian breakfast, aloo bhaaji with puris. Though I had expected that the aloo bhaaji to be more of a mellowed down version of the typical sabzi, it turned out to be exactly like our mothers would make at home, with proper spices and bold flavours. Pairing that with a glass of cold coffee with ice cream was good enough to keep me going through the day.
But since the pancakes with caramelised bananas and bacon sounded too good to be avoided, I ended up ordering a portion of it, and didn’t regret it a bit. Fluffy and warm pancakes, topped with icing sugar, crispy bacon strips and caramelised bananas, arrived along with some maple syrup, perfect to conclude an overall superlative breakfast experience.
Confession: Overall, the a-la-carte menu, where each item is made to order, paired along with the fact that the menu is available even post breakfast time, make Elan a must visit.
Value for money: 4/5