My husband and I decided to go to Khan Market one morning for breakfast, and thought we’d try out The Blue Door Café, which we’ve never visited before, but which we’ve heard about quite a bit. This café (which opens at 7.30, and so is very convenient for breakfast) is located in the middle lane of the market, quite close to the centre, and immediately visible because of its distinctive royal blue door.
It’s one flight of stairs up to the café, which isn’t huge, but is comfortable and very well-designed: large windows look out onto the trees outside, the inside is airy and pretty, with a bar counter overlooking the main door and a large abstract painting of leaves dominating one wall.
The menu is substantial, but we stopped at the beginning, which is the breakfast section. There’s a range of dishes here, all the way from fruit bowls with yogurt, to omelettes, waffles, and much more. After some deliberation, my husband ordered ‘the works’ (which is a version of an English fry-up, with eggs cooked the way you want them—my husband chose sunny side up and was even asked whether he wanted the yolks runny or not. He chose runny). I ordered eggs benedict, with Parma ham (the other option was smoked salmon). Along with that, we ordered a fresh juice each: watermelon for me, orange for my husband.
The juices, served up a few minutes later, were lovely and refreshing. The food arrived a little after, and here’s my verdict on both plates (yes, I sampled everything from ‘the works’, too):
1. The Works: Fried eggs, bacon, grilled tomato, pork sausages, bacon, two hefty slices of toasted bread, and a very generous helping of butter. Everything was, to me, very good: the eggs done just right (beautifully runny yolks), the bacon crisp and tender all at once, the tomatoes perfectly grilled.
2. Eggs benedict: Poached eggs on slices of Parma ham atop English muffins. Smothered with hollandaise sauce, garnished with chives, and served with three accompaniments: a mixed salad of lettuce, tomatoes and julienned carrots; sautéed mushrooms; and two fat slices of grilled tomato. This was, as a whole, very good: the egg yolks runny and delicious, the hollandaise creamy, and the accompanying vegetables a very good way to cut the richness of the main dish.
I’ll admit that I’d initially been thinking I’d probably follow this up with a fruit bowl or something as dessert; by the time I finished, though, I was so full I could only have coffee. Cappuccino, very good and hot and strong, and served with a little sugar-sprinkled cookie on top.
Excellent. Even though this was not cheap (it cost us Rs 2,531), we enjoyed it immensely.