Hit the Pause Button at Delhi's Grammar Room

What else is expected of a café nestled inside a greenhouse?

Shibani Bawa

Restaurateur AD Singh is a maverick when it comes to introducing new concepts paired with delicious food and drinks. His latest brainwave was to involve the young creative professionals, Tanya Bhardwaj and Vishwani Marwah, into transforming the beautiful space of the Greenhouse within Olive Bar and Kitchen into an all-day café. Through the years, these young women have worked out of many cafes in Delhi, hence the initial idea metamorphosed into The Grammar Room—a quaint space conducive to reading, working, putting your feet up, letting the caffeine buzz kick in, soaking up some sun or simply ‘chilling’. 

We walk past the white-pebbled courtyard of Olive and enter the café that is flooded with natural night, stacked with books, games and even blankets to make you comfortable. The outdoor deck is even more beautiful as you step up close to the gorgeous green ridge of Mehrauli. The Grammar Room serves an array of artisanal coffees, but since it is almost dusk we decide to start with the infused G&Ts. As we raise a toast with a raspberry sorbet (a rose based cocktail) and a hibiscus infused gin and tonic while gazing at the orange-hued sky through the lush foliage, we happily conclude that this is also the perfect spot for a sundowner.

And when Chef Dhruv Oberoi and Chef Sahil Sethi spearhead the menu, one can expect a lot of oomph even in fare that is supposed to be easy, comfort food. Highlights include various all-day breakfast dishes - the shrimp benedict brioche is the perfect example of how the food on offer is comforting, yet far from predictable – the chilli prawns in this case uplifting the eggs benedict to a gourmet level. All the breads are baked fresh in-house at 11am and 4pm. This ensures that the tartines served on challah bread are melt-in-mouth delicious with toppings ranging from mushrooms in Gruyere cheese to diced avocado with orange, jalapeno and pimento peppers. 

Up-beet burger

Since it is The Grammar Room, the menu is expressed with commas, exclamations, semi-colons and full stops, translating into small plates, chef’s recommendations, dishes that are ideal for extending your meal and filling portions or big plates, respectively. While the small plates include refreshing salads and a hearty chicken broth, the big plates tilt towards Oriental influences with options like the katsu chicken sandwich, a Japanese sticky fried rice and udon noodles tossed in a yellow curry, marking yet another distinction from Olive. Overall, there is something for everyone, and especially for the already-regular customers, there is something for every mood. Besides the regular menu, do look up the day’s specials that are displayed on a blackboard that promises to celebrate fresh produce as well as Chef Sahil’s special French fries!

Choco-chip cookies in milk

And although the dessert section is at the end of the menu, again, the dishes on offer can work for anytime of the day – whether it is the perfect parfait with millet granola, strawberries and kiwis with vanilla yogurt (that can be a breakfast of champions) or the comforting cookie and milk, a freshly baked choco-chip cookie dunked in vanilla infused milk.

Where: The Grammar Room, One Style Mile, Mehruali, New Delhi

Wallet Alert: Rs 3000 for two


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