The fuchhas have never even heard about them, let alone been there. They never feature in the oh-so-hot hangouts list and are probably hid somewhere, in the frenzied lanes of the city These are none other than your own addas, the places that are discovered by the students and all the rage among them.
All group of friends have their own favourites that they swear by One such hangout is the area near Jantar Mantar commonly known as Madras Stalls, admired for its mouthwatering South Indian cuisine. Built in the vicinity of Park Hotel, the place comprises of a number of small shops offering a range of options to choose from. Samarth Pathak, a DU pass out, reminisces, "The sambhar they prepare is heavenly!
Masala dosa, mysore dosa and vada are the most savoured dishes, although one gets decent north Indian stuff as well. We would go there often, even though there is no proper sitting arrangement." The sweetmeat shop next to these stalls is just the perfect place to be after a delicious meal. The gulab jamuns and rabri are the famed sweets.
Another haunt is the pakora shop in Nauroji Nagar with modest furniture and low-priced snacks. It has pakoras of possibly all veggies. Top it up with dollops of their spicy tangy dhaniya chutney, a perfect evening bite. Sukalp Sharma, DCAC says, "The Mahavir Dhaba in ITO is where we used to be more than the college premises.
The dhabas at Bikhaji Cama place are a good option too. Dal Makhni, Shahi Paneer and Lachchha Parantha are the most favoured stuff." Whether its a little cafe of sorts or a roadside dhaba or even a particular chaat stall, there are places in and around DU Colleges which students have explored incidentally and have stuck their loyalties to them, regardless of the humble shops that they have been.