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JNU: A haven for foodies

delhi Updated: Oct 02, 2012 01:32 IST
Tanvi Aeran

Don’t be surprised to see students hanging out in groups at every nook and corner when you enter the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

The JNU campus is known not only for the variety of courses it offers, but for its dhabas too. These small eateries serve as popular hangouts for students from other colleges as well. The main reason for their popularity, we are told, is the not-so-good food offered by the hostels. “The hostel food is nothing more than raw vegetables. These dhabas come to our rescue,” says Kakoli Das, a 23-year-old student of MA at Centre of Political Studies.

24x7 Food Court
Located on the left side of the North-Eastern dhaba, the food court opened six years ago. Chicken Afghani (R200) and rice (R25), which are quite famous here, make for a wholesome meal. Other favourites with students are egg biryani (R50), chicken curry (R120) and rolls (R30-R110). “From the past few years, the sales have decreased, as people park vehicles right outside the dhaba area,” says Jagat Singh Bhakuni, the manager.
Where: Near Sabarmati Hostel
Timings: 24 X 7
Cuisine: Multi-cuisine

Ganga Dhaba
Ganga Dhabha, opened in 1985, has a tree shade that makes it an ideal place for sipping hot tea. “Our closing time is 2am, but we often have to stretch till 3 in the morning, as students keep coming,” says Harish Kumar, the manager. The menu starts from R4 for plain tea and goes up to R50 for a non-veg thali. The aalu paranthas (R4-R5) are the most popular here. Where: Right side of the main entrance
Timings: 4pm to 2am
Cuisine: Multi-cuisine

North Eastern Dhaba
Popularly known as Chinese dhaba, this 24x7 eatery has been serving students from the last three years. Owned by Townson, the place is known for its fruit beer (R20), as it’s the only dhaba on campus to serve it. Food items such as momos (R30) and veg, fried and chicken chowmein (R30) are worth trying. Mostly crowded during dinner time, this place makes for an interesting dining option for students.
Where: Near Sabarmati Hostel
Timings: 24 X 7
Cuisine: Chinese

Library Canteen
Walking ahead, you will find a multistoried central library building that leads to the library canteen. Opened in 1987 and owned by K.P Gopalan, the canteen is a favorite with students for south Indian delicacies. “Sales are quite good, as we have kept our prices very low,” says Gopalan. The bestsellers here are the masala dosa and the rice fish curry (R20-R40).
Where: Near Central Library
Timing: Library timings
Cuisine: South Indian

Parthasarathy rocks!
There can be no better place to hangout than the Pathasarthy Rocks or PSR, a hillock, in the JNU campus. A walk on the muddy zigzag lane during early morning, surrounded with a green cover, makes for a cool hangout option among students. Most students prefer spending quality time with friends in the open and come here between their classes or during the evenings. “This is where we all catch up with each other daily. The ambience is soothing and relaxing,” says Rigzen Lamo, a second year student. This place was earlier considered a popular adda for students to bond over beer, but the university administration recently restricted drinking or lighting a bonfire here.