And with it, Delhi anti-stereotypes will be a wrap.
Waking up on a borderline cold morning, with last night’s alcohol still in the system, is undeniable ground for lazy eating. We’ve all either fried up eggs and bacon at home, or gulped down litres of orange juice in a desperate attempt to restore the body’s hydration levels. Even gone out for pancakes or a full English to soak up the booze. Or stopped at a 24/7 for a mediocre hot dog or frozen chicken and rice. But if you’re a true Dilliwala and not just a Delhiite, we’d like to think you’d have tried Bille di Hatti.
It’s not often that you come by a chhole-puri connoisseur. So when you do, put a ring on it and make sure the alarm volume is staggering enough to have you up and out of the house before 7am. That’s when Bille di Hatti opens its doors every morning and is at its least busy. It starts to fill up mid-morning and although officially open until 4pm, the food usually sells out by 2 o’clock.
The small and spotless dhaba-like restaurant makes no fuss, neither over its food nor the prices. Chhole, puri, lassi and halwa are specialties, with not much else on the menu except for aloo subzi and kachori. Be assured that it’s the best chhole and puri you’d have had (and at ₹55 a plate). The lassi could be ordered either saccharine or savoury; the former is especially conducive to post-binge comfort and also siesta-inducing. You'll return satiated, cured of nausea, and with a fresh desire to crawl back into bed—every single time, no exception.
72-D, Kamla Nagar. 4553-7004. ₹55 for a plate of chhole-puri; ₹55 for a lassi.