7 State Bhavans To Get Your Fix Of Authentic Indian Food
Craving an authentic ethnic meal, but don’t have too much dough to spend? Want to do a Bharat-darshan, but don’t want to leave the city? We’ve got you covered with our list of favourite State Bhavans with their Indian food. With the many state bhavans in Delhi offering a crazy variety of authentic, delicious fare, you can feast on ethnic delights without spending a bomb.
One of our favourite breakfast joints in the city, Andhra Bhavan packs a south Indian punch with its breakfast thali. We also love visiting Andhra Bhavan at dinner time, with our pick being the vegetarian thali (Andhra style sabzi, dal, roti, curd and dessert) with a side order of chicken fry, and prawn curry. Their fish curry is super tangy, and also worth a try.
Drop in at 1, Ashoka Road, Feroze Shah Road
Cost for two: INR 300
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We recommend visiting Gujarat Bhavan when you’re starving, because the sheer quantity of food will leave you satiated. Expect a homely Gujarati meal when you order their thali, which has Light Gujarati dal, Bhakadwadi, fresh theplas or rotis, sabzi, Farsaan, Kathod with pickle and papad, accompanied by a glass of fresh buttermilk. Gluttony guaranteed.
Drop in at 11, Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri
Cost for two: INR 350
Run and operated by Bijoli Grill, Banga Bhavan does authentic Bengali food cooked the traditional way. Our picks would be the Kosha Mangsho (spicy Bengali mutton curry) with luchi. You could also try their fish – dig into Sorse Hilsa, Bhapa Hilsa, Fish Paturi with steamed rice. Also don’t miss their Mishti Doi.
Drop in at 3, Hailey Rd, Connaught Place, Vakil Lane, Mandi House
Cost for two: INR 650
Head here for all your South Indian food cravings. You might get a waiting line there, but that’s just testament to the amazing food that Karnataka Sangha dishes out. Their piping hot Sambar is simply the best. A must try here would be the Mysore Masala Dosa, crisp with a spicy layer of chilli paste.
Cost for two: INR 400
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Prawn craving? Head to Goa Niwas, for simple, authentic and homely Goan food. Try the Goan fish curry, with steamed rice and order Butter Garlic Prawns, or Prawn Peri Peri (Yum!). Also don’t miss their chocolate pudding.
Drop in at Plot Number-14, Bir Tikendrajit Marg, Chanakya Puri
Cost for two: INR 500
Assam Bhavan’s Parampara Thali is an authentic assamese affair. To follow the organic welcome drink, you’re served Khar to cleanse your palate. Next up is Dal, Pitika, Duck Curry, fish cooked over charcoal and steamed in plaintain leaves and tangy Kahudi dry. To appease the sweet tooth, finish with rich Payesh.
Drop in at 1, Sardar Patel Marg, Chanakyapuri
Cost for two: INR 600
If you are a pork-lover, then this one you cannot afford to miss! A tiny restaurant, it is frequented by many for its pork ribs and Smoked Pork with Bamboo Shoots. Indian food, here we come.
Drop in at 29, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road, Opp. Race Course Metro Station
Cost for two: INR 350