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These 5 Food Bhavans Can Give Fine Dining Restaurants a Run For Their Money!

Before reading this post, must read the master post on Places to visit in Delhi: Dilli Darshan.

Going out to eat is an experience which everyone loves. However, the one thing everyone complains about is the pocket pinch. We’re talking about the common people of course. Not the ones carrying Louis Vuitton clutches, interchanging clothes from Prada and Gucci as frequently as drinking water!

If you’re in Delhi craving food and willing to try different cuisines but have a budget; the various state-run Bhavans would be your best bet. Here are a few of our favourites.

1. The Andhra BhavanAndhra Bhavan - Image

The Andhra Bhavan canteen is always crowded, believe me. Either go early before the lunch hour rush begins or after 2.30 pm when the crowds begin to disperse. With the set-course unlimited vegetarian thali (meal) you can choose to add mutton, chicken or prawn. Everyone is served rice, roti, various vegetables, lentils, yoghurt and a sweet. The entire experience is just divine.

Recommended: Mutton Fry, Chicken Fry, Andhra Thali
Cost For Two: Rs 200
Cuisine: South Indian, Andhra
Address: Feroze Shah Road, Delhi (Get Directions)

2. Samrudhi, Kerala House Kerala House - Filter

Can’t visit Kerala? Why not try authentic food at the Kerala House staff canteen? You can walk to Jantar Mantar Road from the Rajiv Chowk metro station and then tuck into a hearty meal of brown rice with sambar and seasonal vegetables. And the best part is, it’s super pocket-friendly

Recommended: Fish Curry, Veg Thali, Meat Fry
Cost For Two: Rs 35
Cuisine: Kerala, South Indian
Address: Janpath, Delhi (Get Directions)

3. Nagaland HouseNagaland House - Image

Love pork? Visit Nagaland House for the ribs. The spices are just right and the meat is sinful. You can have the rice and lentils served with a helping of boiled vegetables along with the famous fish chutney (made with dried fish, tomatoes, chillies and secret spices), but it’s the pork which makes the meal unforgettable. 

Recommended: Pork Ribs
Cost For Two: Rs 500
Cuisine: Naga
Address: Aurangzeb Road, Delhi

4. Viva O’Viva, Goa NiwasGoa Niwas - Image

Missing the Goa beaches? I can’t promise you the beach view, but Goa Niwas in Chanakyapuri serves authentic Goan food which will take your taste buds down memory lane. 

Recommended: Pork Vindaloo, Prawn Peri Peri, Bebinca
Cost For Two: Rs 1000
Cuisine: Goan, Seafood
Address: Chanakyapuri, Delhi (Get Directions)

5. Jakoi, Assam Bhavan

Assam Bhavan - Image

When in Chanakyapuri, try out Assam Bhavan for a traditional taste of Assamese cuisine. The thalis are a must-have. For the a la carte-minded, do try their chicken and fish specialitiesYou will not be disappointed! 

Recommended: Chicken bamboo gravy, Fish Tenga, Bhut Jalokia Chicken
Cost For Two: Rs 400
Cuisine: Assamese, Chinese
Address: Chanakyapuri, Delhi (Get Directions)

These are only a few examples. There are plenty of other state-run Bhavans to try out. For instance, the Banga Bhavan (for the typical Bengali food lover), Jammu and Kashmir House, Maharashtra Sadan, Tamil Nadhu Bhavan, Orissa Bhavan (a must for crab lovers) and Sikkim House.

So go ahead. Eat without feeling the pinch. With great food at such reasonable rates, what’s stopping you?

Article written by: Sharmistha Chaudhuri. To read more of her posts, please visit her blogYou can also connect with her on Instagram, facebook and twitter


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