10 State Bhavans In Delhi For Best Regional Pocket-Friendly Meal
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Delhi’s food has quite many fans not just in India but all across the globe. Someone has rightly said that one should not watch calories when in Delhi. From a basic chole bhature to a fancy feast, there is no dearth of good food in Delhi. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Delhi holds a significant position when it comes to culminating the cultural and culinary essence of all the states and the union territories. Did you know that there are some state bhavans in Delhi? 

Yes! And most of the state bhavan have a canteen serving authentic regional food from the respective state. Best part, the food is budget-friendly and open to the public also. So, if you are looking to have a budget-friendly meal comprising of authentic regional dishes, you must try these 10 state bhavans listed below: Here you go! 

Bijoli Grill, Banga Bhavan 

If you are a fan of authentic Bengali cuisine, Bijoli Grill in Banga Bhavan is the place you must visit at least once when in Delhi. This place serves authentic Bengali food like mutton kosha, daab chingri, kosha mangsho along with the scrumptious Bengali fish, luchi etc. The place also has food festivals from time to time to celebrate seasonal dishes. Don’t forget to have their mishti doi! 

USP Dishes: Mutton Kosha, Daab Chingri

Available Cuisines: Bengali

Type: Veg and Non-Veg

Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner

Phone Number: 011-23321233

Timings: 1pm – 4pm & 6pm - 10pm 

Location: 3, Hailey Road, Barakhamba Road 

Cost for two: Rs. 800 (Budget-friendly) 

Viva O’ Viva, Goa Niwas 

Goan cuisine has quite a lot of fans all across the globe, especially those who love seafood and fish dishes. And if you are looking to have pocket-friendly authentic Goan food in Delhi, visit Viva O’ Viva at Goa Niwas. This casual dining restaurant serves delicious peri peri prawn, chicken xacuti, prawn rava fry, pork vindaloo, prawn curry etc. The thalis here are truly authentic representations of Goan cuisine. Besides, the live music makes the experience even more amazing. 

USP Dishes: Chicken Xacuti, Vindaloo

Available Cuisines: Goan

Type: Veg and Non-Veg

Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner

Phone Number: 011-26118372

Timings: 12:30pm - 3:30pm & 7:30pm - 10:30pm 

Location: 14, Bir Tikendrajit Marg, Chanakyapuri 

Cost for two: Rs. 1000 (Mid-range) 

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Maharashtra Sadan 

Do you also love misal pav, poha, Kolhapuri mutton and puran poli? If yes, you qualify to be a fan of Maharashtrian food. And if you want to have the authentic Maharashtrian food in Delhi, head to Maharashtra Sadan and nowhere else. This food here is delicious and budget friendly, not to mention authentic with its use of the right ingredients and spices. If you love spicy Maharashtrian food, then this is the place to taste it. 

USP Dishes: Kolhapuri Mutton, Puran Poli

Available Cuisines: Maharashtrian

Type: Veg and Non-Veg

Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Phone Number: 011-23380328

Timings: 7am – 3pm & 7pm - 10pm  

Location: Behind Baroda House, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, India Gate 

Cost for two: Rs. 300 (Budget-friendly)

Andhra Bhavan 

Andhra Bhavan is one of the most popular state bhavan canteens of all. This place serves authentic Andhra food and often remains crowded, especially around lunch and dinner. Right from perfect puffed idli to dosa, vada and the most demanded filter coffee, this place serves it all. If you have a good appetite, then the vegetarian and non-vegetarian thalis here are must-haves. Besides, you can find scrumptious Hyderabadi biryani at Andhra Bhavan. So, when in Delhi, don’t miss this canteen. 

USP Dishes: Andhra Thali, Hyderabadi Biryani

Available Cuisines: Andhra

Type: Veg and Non-veg

Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Phone Number: 011-23387499

Timings: 8am - 10:30am, 12noon - 3pm, & 7:30pm - 10pm 

Location: 1, Ashoka Road, Near Feroze Shah Road, New Delhi 

Cost for two: Rs. 300 (Budget-friendly) 

The Potbelly, Bihar Niwas 

The Potbelly restaurant in Bihar Niwas serves a wide range of authentic Bihari food. Not just this, it also serves fusion dishes which are loved by the people. Right from scrumptious litti chokha to sattu drink and chicken pakora, this place has good food, prompt service and friendly staff is courteous. Though the food here is simple, it truly captures the essence of Bihari cuisine, which is really not that well-known across India. Ever visited this place before? 

USP Dishes: Litti Chokha, Sattu Paratha

Available Cuisines: Bihari

Type: Veg and Non-Veg

Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner

Phone Number: 011-26112764

Timings: 1pm - 11pm 

Location: Bihar Niwas, Plot 15, Behind Yashwant Place, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 

Cost for two: Rs. 1,000 (Mid-range) 

Tamil Nadu House  

If Chettinad cuisine excites you, Tamil Nadu House should be your one-stop destination. If everything from the simplest of sadams to the most comforting and filling thalis excite you, then this is still your place to be. This place serves the best poriyal, kootu, kara kuzhambu, sambar, payasam, rasam etc. Their chicken Chettinad, chicken biryani, parotta and chicken 65 also have quite a fans! 

USP Dishes: Chicken Chettinad, Sambar, Kootu

Available Cuisines: Tamil

Type: Veg and Non-Veg

Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Phone Number: NA

Timings: 7am - 11am, 12:30pm - 3:30pm & 7pm - 10pm 

Location: Opposite Chanakya Theatre, Chanakyapuri 

Cost for two: Rs. 600 (Budget-friendly) 

Karnataka Food Center 

If you are a fan of Mysore masala dosa, vada, uttapam and so many famous Karnataka dishes, you must visit Karnataka Food Center in Delhi. Even though the place remains quite crowded, your visit will totally be worth it. This is because the place manages to capture the essence of Karnataka cuisine with every dish, whether it is vegetarian or non-vegetarian. Look out for the chitranna, bajji and other tiffin favourites while here.

USP Dishes: Mysore Masala Dosa, Vada

Available Cuisines: Karnataka

Type: Veg and Non-Veg

Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Phone Number: NA

Timings: 8am - 11pm 

Location: Delhi Karnataka Sangh Building, R K Puram 

Cost for two: Rs. 450 (Budget-friendly)  

Gujarat Bhavan 

If you can't say no to khichda, Gujarati thali, kadhi, dhokla and chhunda, you are an absolute Gujarati food fan. And to get the authentic Gujarati meal in Delhi that too under your budget, you must visit Gujarati Bhavan. Serving up pure vegetarian food from all the regions of Gujarat, this place serves delicious Gujarati food and gives you a glimpse of how rich the Gujarati cuisine is. Don't miss out seasonal dishes like undhiyu while here.

USP Dishes: Khichda, Thali

Available Cuisines: Gujarati

Type: Veg

Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Phone Number: 011-46273200

Timings: 8am - 10am, 12:30pm - 2:30pm & 7:30pm - 10pm  

Location: 11, Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri 

Cost for two: Rs. 400 (Budget-friendly) 

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Jammu And Kashmir House 

From delectable nadru sabji to spicy rogan josh and the flavourful waazwan, you can taste all sorts of mouth-watering and rich Kashmiri delicacies at this place. And if you are a non-vegetarian, this place could be heaven for you. The thalis here, especially during lunchtime are not only authentic but also affordable. So, if you can’t visit Jammu and Kashmir to taste the rich cuisine, head straight to Delhi’s Jammu and Kashmir House and enjoy some good food. 

USP Dishes: Rogan Josh, Nadru

Available Cuisines: Kashmiri

Type: Veg and Non-Veg

Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner

Phone Number: NA

Timings: 12:30pm – 2pm & 7:30pm - 9pm  

Location: 9, Kautilya Marg, Chankyapuri 

Cost for two: Rs. 500 (Budget-friendly) 

Have you visited these State Bhavans? Do let us know!