This South Delhi Cafe serves Hookah and Food – All Night Long.

Hookah is served 11 pm to 6 am – which makes it a ideal spot for that post party conversation, with option of taking it under the stars.

Yes, you read it right. For those who are familiar with the party & late night scene of Delhi, are no stranger to Cafe 1440 in Hotel Vikram, a landmark hotel right next to Moolchand Hospital / Flyover / Metro Station in South Delhi. The location is a stones throw away from South Ex, Epicuria, Defense Colony, Chanakya Puri & Hauz Khas for that matter. CP would be a 10 minute Uber ride at that hour of night.

Which makes it an ideal spot for after party chilling, relaxing and enjoying. Plus they have the open air lounging area .. 😉

They had to halt operations due to some issues 2-3 years back, however the 24 hour coffee shop is back with a bang. Though the hotel remains under renovation, which is expected to be completed around Diwali, Cafe 1440 is already working and is welcoming guests.

The cafe serves special late night combos like Butter Chicken Parantha, Dal Makhani Naan, Biryani Raita etc and the best part – it serves as a after party chilling spot with your friends – as you can order a Hookah or Sheesha in your favorite flavors – middle of the night – in open air setting, which in itself is one of its kind luxury in capital city of Delhi. There NO other cafe or restaurant in Delhi which can boast of such facilities, which I would rather call luxuries.

So next time you have that late night craving for a dessert or post party NEED of Butter Chicken, you know where to head to. Hookah is served 11 pm to 6 am – which makes it a ideal spot for that post party conversation, with option of taking it under the stars.

FED Giveaway : Meal vouchers for Followers & Readers – We are giving away 10 vouchers that would cover a meal for 2 at the cafe – Every voucher is worth Rs.2000 – which you can avail for Food and Hookah at the cafe at your convenience.

Just share your email ID in the section you see below and leave a comment telling us about your type of After Party – how you chill, what you do – tell us all. The most liked comment, stands to win a special prize… 😉


Moolchand Paranthewaala – An Institution

A portion of this post comes from my earlier post on the same outlet written on 1st January, 2010.
The other day I was going to Bahai House of worship, and hunger pangs took over me. Suddenly my proximity to Moolchand Paranthe-waala came to mind and I thought missing this opportunity to have them would be a sacrilege.
I was there around 5 pm, it was not as crowded as it is in late evenings and night, however there were still enough customers to keep him busy. A quick chat with the owner revealed that it was setup by his father around 35-36 years, and earlier they used to start in evenings and operate through the night. However off-late, they have started to serve in days and wind up their operation maximum by mid-night. Metro work has forced them to move a bit, however that has not made any difference to the business and clientele.

The Ubiquitous Parantha, the way it is served.

That is my Order 😀
Now this one is another legend of the city. If one tries to think of Delhi and Paranthas, its quite easy to assume that Paranthas would be sold at every nook and corner of the city, as we do swear by our paranthas. But unfortunately that is not the case. In this parantha crazy city, everyone only likes what their mom makes (or wife maybe) and do not generally go out for paranthas.  And yes, the legendary Paranthe waali gali is alive in  legends only, its a sham.
However the Paranthe-waala sitting opposite Vikran Hotel, near Moolchand Hospital in Lajpat Nagar is one of the few that has been able to make a name for itself. It is known by many names, but yes, most of the foodies in the city would know about this place for sure. Its an institution in itself, and one of the most popular ones at that.

Prantha, from another angle
As any other famous roadside joint, this place is often crowded, hygiene is not what you are looking for, food comes cheap and there are not many who do better than them. I guess the most expensive Parantha on the menu would not cross Rs.20, and they have a good variety of those. The most famous one being Egg Parantha.You can have them with combination of Rajma/Dal, Boondi Raita, butter or either one of those. They serve it with Masala on top and bunch of spiced up green chillies.

Bowl of Boondi Raita
Green Chillies and Masala that is served with Paranthas

And yes, coming to actual praranthas they are quite good, made on a giant Tawa with perfection of an assembly line. Its the stuff that Taxi waalas eat for a days heavy lunch and youngsters after their evening party sessions in fancy clubs and pubs.

Owner with the Giant Tawa
In my opinion, they are quite good, however I still feel Delhi needs a paranthe-waala that can satisfy the most discerning mom’s parantha lovers. However till we find him, Moolchand Paranthe-waala shall hold the crown.

My Rating : 3.5 / 5

PS : For those who don’t know, this Paranthewaala actually has no name, however is called Moolchand Paranthewala, because of his proximity to “Moolchand Hospital” in south Delhi.