Delhi has always been a hub for diversified food. From the fabled street food, to the fancy delicacies, you’ll find everything in the capital. With growing awareness amongst locals, and a want for authentic cuisines, people are always on a prowl for food joints serving the same at reasonable prices.
A state bhawan serves as a guesthouse for state officials, and the office of the residential commissioner of the state, and almost every bhawan's canteen is open to the public. These private canteens serve some lip smacking food at super affordable rates. Some of the bhawans have also outsourced the catering side of things to restaurants but the authenticity and taste hasn’t been compromised.
Here is a list of State Bhawan canteens where you can enjoy the authentic taste from all over India, without leaving the city we all love so dearly.
1. Andhra Bhawan
Possibly one the most popular state canteen out there, Andhra Bhawan brings happiness all the way from the southern side of the country. This place is usually packed which only goes on to show the immense love people have for this place. Located in central Delhi, this place offers some really soul satisfying meals.
Recommendations: Thali (Unlimited), Chicken fry, Fish fry and Mutton curry.
They also serve Hyderabadi biryani on Sundays. Do look out for that.
Address: 1, Ashoka road, Connaught place
2. Gujarat Bhawan
Located in Chanakyapuri, this one is a more chilled out place. The ambience of this canteen in comparison to its counterparts is much better, and it’ll make you feel like you’re having a meal in your relative’s house. Apart from the more popular Gujarati dishes like Dhokla, Thepla, etc, they also serve proper meals like the ones that are consumed in Gujarati households.
Recommendations: Special Thali (Unlimited), Regular Thali (Unlimited)
Address: 11, Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri
Timings: 8am-10am, 12:30pm-2:30pm, 7:30pm-10pm
3. Samridhi, Kerala House
This place gets super crowded around lunch time so you better plan your visit accordingly. Located near Janpath, this canteen has a lot of loyalists. Although the dining area is limited, the food makes up for the same. This place is super economical and provides comfort food for the Keralites putting up in Delhi.
Recommendations: Veg Thali, Meat fry, Chicken fry, Chicken curry
Address: 3, Jantar Mantar Road, New Delhi
4. Bihar Niwas
The potbelly café was already a super hit in the capital, and since the time it took over the Bihar niwas canteen, this place has become an even bigger success. This place serves some really authentic and satisfying Bihari cuisine. Compared to other Bhawans, this place offers a way better ambience which further adds to a consumer’s experience. However, it isn’t as economical as other state canteens.
Recommendations: Litti Choka, Khada masala mutton and Aloo lalu chop.
Address: The Potbelly – Plot 15, Bihar Niwas, Behind Yashwant Place, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
5. Viva O'Viva, Goa Niwas
This one is amongst the lesser known regional food places. Located in Chanakyapuri, this canteen serves authentic Goan cuisine and does a darn good job at it.
This eatery is a gift for those who love Goan food. The ambiance is quite interesting and you can also enjoy some Goan music with your meals.
Recommendations: Pork Vindaloo, Jumbo Prawns, Peri Peri Prawn, Fish curry with rice.
Timings: 12:30PM-3:30PM, 7:30PM-10:30PM
Your search for authentic and affordable food ends here. The Bhawans are calling.
By Rohan Chaturvedi