lighting is sufficient for both purposes, either eating or reading. One can simply sit there and relax. Though the furniture is cane, it is not very old and succeeds in creating an old-world ambience. The seating capacity would be 70-80 students
What do you like about the place?
“We have one main cafeteria and two dhabas, the art and the science ones. These have been set up keeping in mind the convenience of the students. The food joints are open till 5pm and during exams, till much later. The thing which I like the most about our cafeteria is the thali — wholesome as well as nutritional,” says Shambhavi Pratap, a chemistry student (2011-2012).
“Also, both vegetarian and no-vegetarian food is available here. Muffins and brownies are the best desserts one can have and we get them here at the best affordable prices,” says Pratap
If you’re eating in the canteen, what do you expect to be served?
“I think our cafeteria is pretty sufficient. We get both vegetarian and non-vegetarian thalis with chapatti, rice, vegetable, dal, raita and salad. Enough of quality and quantity is available for Rs. 20. We also have parantha-sabzi. We can also customise things according to our needs. Starting from south Indian to Chinese and from soups to snacks, we have quite a decent variety and get good value for money,” says Rini Choudhury, a chemistry student
Do you get your lunch from home? If yes, what?
“We carry tiffins from home. It’s generally paranthas, macaroni, sandwiches, chapati, sabzi, etc. It is simply not OK to have cafeteria food every day. Also there are time constraints which can be avoided by bringing home food,” says Choudhury
Are you happy with the canteen food?
“We get popular Maggi dishes. The most popular is the mince-Maggi with potatoes and mutton cutlets. Then we also have cheese Maggi. Snacks are not that oily and are stomach-filling. The thali has healthy sabzi and salad. We get fresh fruit juices and in desserts, we get muffins, brownies and ice-cream,” says Pratap
The best thing you like about the college cafeteria?
Guess what, it’s the look and feel of the place that makes a difference, in addition to the grub, of course. “The ambience definitely would top the list since ours (cafeteria) is the most unique. Furniture and lightings are the major attractions,” says Choudhury
Straight from the students’ union
“We have a cafeteria manager who cordially works with the college administration and takes care of the place, which includes providing nutritional food and ensuring hygiene and cleanliness. There is no cafeteria committee as such but we have a committee which takes care of the hostel mess. For the cafeteria, the college administration along with the café manager take the entire responsibility,” says Aman Charles Luke, president, Students’ Union, St Stephen’s College (2011-12)
Are the students offered food of high nutritional value?
“The administration and the café in-charge are very concerned about the nutritional value of food and they have assisted in bringing a lot of fresh fruit juices and healthy wholesome food options such as thalis. The food is handled in a hygienic manner and is very well taken care of by the cooks. The administration conducts surprise visits to the cafeteria kitchen and monitors the working,” says Luke
Any changes likely in the current menu list?
“We have a certain kind of menu legacy. The mince cutlets and Kashmiri eggs are a few examples. As of now, we are not planning any change in the menu,” says Luke
Any plans to upgrade the food quality?
“The cafe manager and the union coordinate and cooperatively work for the cafeteria. We aim to provide the students six days of good protein diet. Hygiene and cleanliness have never been an issue, thanks to the administration,” says Luke
The cafeteria is absolutely neat and clean. Floors are well mopped. Tables are wiped as and when one finishes eating. Cleaning staff comprises three attendants. The utensils are regularly washed and wiped. The food is cooked in an area which can be clearly seen by the customers. The food is served hot