Friday, July 3, 2009

The All American Diner, New Delhi

I'd been to New Delhi from the 26th of June to the 1st of July to attend a friend's wedding there. I also got a chance to meet up with a couple of old school buddies whom I never met after we passed out of school. They'd moved to Delhi after graduating (they aren't engineers, so we didn't meet much during the under grad years). So I went with one of them (although I wish to call him by a name we used to call him back in school, since he was such a great host, I'll stick to his alter ego name, Neo) for breakfast to this place called the All American Diner, nestled nicely inside the India Habitat Centre on Lodhi Road. This place has an all you can eat breakfast until 10:45 AM for 395 + tax and we were preparing our stomachs for that.

Upon reaching the place, we were told there wasn't place and we had to wait, and so we waited. We waited and waited and when our names were called out, the time showed 10:50 by my watch. Dang! Missed it by a whisker. And so Neo and I set about sifting through the menu in solemn silence, disappointed at the near miss.

The place was nice, a retro look with the classical diner feel. The music kept getting stuck (I'm guessing the computer through which they were playing it was overloaded, just like the kitchen). I decided to go in for a Pierre's french toast, which came with French toast (duh!), choice of bacon or sausages and scrambled eggs,
and also a Sunset skillet comprising of a couple of pancakes, pork sausages, bacon, and eggs.
Neo decided to go in for a Santa Fe skillet, which comprised of toast, sausages and eggs,
and a pancake stack with butter.
Of course the usual suspects accompanying pancakes were there: Maple, orange and strawberry syrup.

Service was a little awry since they had their hands full on a Sunday morning - that, or our waiter was waiting too many tables as they were probably understaffed - I don't know. But he took a while to get water, to a while to get the drink for the couple seated close by - OK, lemme stop taking their case now. I was a tourist there, and I don't know what are the funda about this place. I loved the food, although the Egg Factory provides an equally sumptuous breakfast for half the cost (minus the meat and pancakes though). Maybe I should ask Yogesh to introduce pancakes and maple syrup on the menu as well.

Wallet Factor: The Sunrise skillet cost 225, while the Santa Fe skillet was 185, the Pierre's toast was 190 and the pancake stack was 110, so with taxes, it amounted to 870 (thanks to Neo for giving me the breakup)

The All American Diner, Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

6 comments:

Neo said...

Next time, we shall make it in time... And thanks.. you know why...

Karthik Shetty said...

Sure thing Neo, anytime :)

Ashwin said...

Oye! You still not putting up sample prices!

Karthik Shetty said...

This is in Delhi, I didn't think people reading it in merry ol' Bangy would wanna know! :) Will edit and repost

Ashwin said...

What I meant was it would be great if you make it a standard format to include average prices of dishes so that prospective diners would get an idea on the spend.

The pics you post are mouth watering and stomach torturing (torturing because it gets hunger pangs and starts making rumbling sounds). So with prices, description, it would make a fabulous review!

Neo said...

Just found the bill man...
Sunrise Skillet 225
Santa fe Skillet is 185
Pierre's well made French Toast goes for 190 and
A stack a pancakes is 110.
Taxes and Service charges extra.
Total Bill Rs. 870.
Next time, we will run the place underground... and go on a weekday when the rush isn't so bad! :)