I have found a new place for our Delhi Breakfast Tradition!
Our “usual” has been left far, far behind.
I sent this message to one of my closest friends in Mumbai yesterday morning. She shares my love for a hearty breakfast, and we’ve set a bit of a tradition for ourselves over the years, the both of us. Every time she travels to Delhi, once or maybe twice a year, we head out for our fill of early morning sustenance, usually to the same place.
Enter Monkey Bar and the launch of their new “Breakfirst” Menu; I don’t think we’ll be dining anywhere else anytime soon.
In the short two months since its existence, Monkey Bar seems to have gathered a huge fan following. The second of its kind in India, it opened in New Delhi after gaining popularity in Bangalore as India’s first Gastropub, a concept that gives equal importance to drinks and food. I had been meaning to pay a visit pretty much since it opened, basis the great things I’ve heard about their food, so when I received an invite for a Preview of their new Breakfirst Menu, I jumped at the chance. And if the food in the breakfast selection is anything to go by, they deserve all the praise that’s been coming their way.
Housed in the huge Louvre-like glass pyramid in Vasant Kunj, once the home of the Ministry of Sound, Monkey Bar has kick-ass interiors. With its wood floors and brick walls, it’s like stepping into a cabin in the woods, smack in the middle of a South Delhi residential area. I absolutely loved the ambience. Sunlight streams in from the glass roof into the huge open deck in the center, the large crescent shaped bar is welcoming, and the corner room with the Foosball and pool tables even more inviting.
Everyone knows Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and no one seems to take this more seriously than Monkey Bar. Their carefully thought out and extensive menu has everything you would need to pull you out of bed. And as Monkey says, they use only organic eggs and freshly baked bread in their breakfast dishes.
Strong french-pressed coffee for an early morning kick, a classic frothy cappuccino, and a yummy Brownie Cookie Shake served in a glass bottle reminiscent of childhood days at Wengers; our drinks were a great precursor to what was to come.
A great lover of Hot Chocolate, I was super excited to see this on the menu but more than a little disappointed after sipping it. The description did of course mention that there was rum in the drink, but I didn’t think it would be so overpowering. One sip, and I felt like my insides were on fire; way too much rum and not enough chocolate. The mister loved it though, for the purpose of full disclosure.
I devoured the scrambled eggs, they were that perfect! Wonderfully balanced between a creamy yet crumbly texture, deliciously spicy, and with the tantalizing taste of smoked chorizo; you wouldn’t find fault with this even if you consciously tried.
A thin and flaky parantha stuffed with egg, we opted for spicy keema on the side. You could also choose from galouti kebabs or pork curry along with the parantha, but I’d highly recommend sticking to the keema; it made for a fantastic combination.
Crispy – check; a little fluffy – check. The waffles were quite good as well, especially the caramelised pieces of banana they came topped with. I just wish there was more of the Nutella to enjoy them with, it got a bit bland after a few bites.
The French Toast deserves your complete and undivided attention, ladies and gentlemen; it was so good I could cry. I’m drooling just thinking of the strawberry compote and clotted cream it came with, I would have literally licked the plate clean had I not been around, you know, other people!
The Last Word: I wanted to eat more, I really did! But another bite and they would have had to carry me out. Oh well, I suppose I’ll just have to go back as soon as possible; there’s a Pizza Omelette and Red Velvet Waffle that’s got my name on it!
Doors open for Monkey Bar’s “Breakfirst” from Sunday the 23rd of February.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of Monkey Bar for their Breakfirst Preview, but all opinions, as always, are my own.
So, where are you eating today?