By Rajvi Mehta
On my first visit to Delhi, quite a few years ago, a local friend was showing me around the city, and our last day, we spent at Hauz Khas. He kept gushing about this quaint cafe called Elma's, where he "absolutely loves their red velvet cake!!!" and "you will never find more authentic croissants!".
Quite honestly, it was a lovely place! As you enter, you get the feeling you are in a Victorian style tea room, with green and white tiles for the open kitchen, carved wooden furniture, gingham drapes, lace doilies and a chalkboard menu with the most beautiful vintage floral crockery. The best part was a corner seating with large windows that seemed to have a garden right outside - it reminded me of the story - A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I was Sara, having fancy tea in my little imaginary world while the hustle and bustle of the city faded into the background.
The food was obviously great, but sadly, I haven't been there since, but cherish it all the same! Definitely do try the red velvet cake, and the croissants!!