Cafe Turtle

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 2 reviews )

23, Khan Market (at Full Circle bookstore), New Delhi, India, 110003

Cosmopolitan café on the top floor of Full Circle bookstore, popular with local literati and expats. Menu offers a mix of Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, and Mexican dishes, plus desserts, coffee, and fresh juices. Some lacto-vegetarian choices, a few vegan ones (not marked but servers can tell you which are). The entrance is in the middle alley, near Fabindia. Open Mon-Sun 9:30am-9:30pm.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, Indian, International, Italian, Juice bar, Take-out

2 Reviews

First Review by earthville

Food good, waiters unfriendly - Edit

I was very happy to find Cafe Turtle above a lovely bookshop. All seemed very inviting and the menu looked great. The food was good and can be recommended. Very comprehensive choice, very healthy: lovely salads, good starters (Indian and International, lots of Italian) good main meals. Very delicious desserts, good choice of coffees and teas, incl herbal etc.
However the waiters (two men, very 'professional' waiters) were extremely unfriendly and offhand (and I was very well dressed, polite and friendly). I was shocked by their attitude, they didn't smile once and gave the distinct impression that I was a burden on their time. When I had paid the bill and was leaving I asked one waiter (who hadn't served me)to direct me to the toilets. He asked me in an unfriendly way: "have you paid your bill?" as though I was trying to escape without paying. Very intimidating and unfriendly. Furthermore the menu prices do not reflect what will be on your bill when it is presented - add about 20% to all prices . It does say in very small print that menu does not incl taxes and service charge but I was shocked to be charged %12.5 govt tax, plus %5 'service tax', plus %4.5 service charge! This may be standard practice in upmarket New Delhi eateries but does not feel open or transparent to Western people. At the very least, the full percentage amount to be added should be clearly printed at the bottom of each menu page. Food great, service and openness needs lots of improvement.
Updated from previous review on Friday March 21, 2014

Updated from previous review on Friday March 21, 2014

Pros: Great food

Cons: Very unfriendly waiters, Add %20 to written menu prices

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A Delhi fave for wholesome meals, coffee, etc. - Edit

Café Turtle has been around for ages as a very popular destination for the local literati and the expat community alike. The menu is primarily lacto-veg, but there are several vegan options and others that can be veganized on request. Vegan items aren't marked on the menu, unfortunately, but the servers are happy to advise guests on which items can be done vegan (though you might want to emphasize that your vegan request is for every item on the plate, e.g. not just the pasta but also the garlic bread that comes with it).

They serve fresh juices and smoothies as well as good coffee (all the usual suspects). There's both indoor dining and a pleasant outdoor seating area.

Pricing is moderate (especially considering the upscale location), but some of the portions are on the small side, which makes certain dishes slightly expensive, but generally worth it for the quality.

My only complaint is that, in addition to having a somewhat limited selection of vegan options, there are also very few gluten-free options for cooked meals, so if you're both vegan and avoiding gluten, there isn't much that fits the bill (other than soups, salads, and smoothies).

Café Turtle is located on the top floor of Full Circle bookstore at Khan Market. There are now (as of Feb 2014) two other locations (see their website), but this one is the original. They also do vegetarian catering.


Pros: Healthy veg cuisine, authentic and tasty international food, fresh juices and good coffee

Cons: Limited vegan and gluten-free options, some portions are smallish

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