The state bhawans in Delhi offer the most authentic food from their respective regions. Visit these bhawans for the real taste of India.
The first eco-friendly state bhawan in the country is here. Garvi Gujarat Bhavan opened recently, the second Gujarat bhawan in Delhi, and its all-new canteen is the one you have to visit for a Gujarati feast. And while we’re on the subject, here’s your go-to list for the state bhawan canteens with the most authentic regional food experiences.
Their canteen, Ba Ni Rasoi, offers nāstō (breakfast), farsan (snacks), and thalis for lunch and dinner. If it’s your first brush with Gujarati cuisine or you simply want to experience it in entirety, then we suggest the thali. Between 16 to 18 dishes take you through a traditional meal. Non-spiced papad, kadhi, salad, achar, thepla, kathod (a lentil dish), poori, chhaas, undhiyu (mixed vegetables)– all of course made Gujarati style—are the ideal glimpse into the state’s food.
Where: 25-B, Akbar Road, New Delhi
Andhra Bhawan’s biryani has a cult status of sorts. Attracting crowds for years, if you don’t make it on time be sure to wait in a line that snakes around the entrance all the way to the road. The rush, of course, means don’t go there for a leisurely meal, you’ll have to free the shared tables to make way for those waiting. Yet, the foods is good enough to ensure people continue to go there. The Sunday special, served from 12 pm to 3 pm, is the Hyderabadi Dum Chicken Biryani. On other days, try the Andhra Mutton Fry and the South Indian Thali.
Where: 1, Ashoka Rd, near India Gate, Pataudi House
The Butter Garlic Prawn at Viva O’ Viva is a must-try. A heaven for carnivores, their pork vindaloo, crab soup, chilli crab with pav, parent balchao, and chicken xacuti are great too. The interiors make sure you feel like you’re in a quaint Goan cafe and the desserts, especially the chocolate pudding, shouldn’t be left out.
Where: 14, Bir Tikendrajit Marg
Run by the Potbelly Rooftop Café, it’s not just the Litti Chokha that beckons you here. Their mutton preparations, chicken pakora, marua puri, and khada masala chicken will have you seeing Bihari cuisine through a new lens. Pair the mains with the palak pooris for that well-rounded authentic meal.
Where: Plot 15, Behind Yashwant Place, Chanakyapuri
Unlike the ones above, Bengali food isn’t as rare a find in the city. However, the food here is a must-try nonetheless. Bijoli Grill’s mishti doi is the best in the city. Have the mustard-laden dishes with a side of luchis (Bengali poori). The fish paturi and prawn kobiraji aren’t to be missed.
Where: No 3, Hailey Road, Banga Bhawan, Hamdard Nagar, Vakil Lane, Mandi House, Connaught Place
All images: Courtesy state bhawan canteens