State Bhavan canteens in Delhi are once again welcoming foodies, with Covid-19 precautions in place. (Photo: Manoj Verma/HT)
State Bhavan canteens in Delhi are once again welcoming foodies, with Covid-19 precautions in place. (Photo: Manoj Verma/HT)

State Bhavan canteens aka foodie’s delight: Heart of the state, back on a plate!

Without worrying about the pandemic or crossing the city’s borders, head to these recently reopened State Bhavans in Delhi for economical, authentic regional fare.
By Mallika Bhagat
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 04:39 PM IST

For food lovers wanting to explore cuisines from across India, saddi Dilli has loads to offer. Without worrying about the pandemic or crossing the city’s borders, head to these recently reopened state bhavans for economical, authentic regional fare!

Of Khaman Dhokla, Khandvi

At Ba Ni Rasoi, the restaurant in Garvi Gujarat, authentic Gujarati food is aplenty. (Photo: Manoj Verma/HT)
At Ba Ni Rasoi, the restaurant in Garvi Gujarat, authentic Gujarati food is aplenty. (Photo: Manoj Verma/HT)

With an assortment of dhokla, khichda, kadhi, halwa and even the option of Gujarati thali on the menu, this place is attracting denizens on all days of the week. “We are allowing walk-in guests, but as a mandatory precaution, we check everyone’s temperature at the entry. We clean the premises twice a day, to ensure safety of our patrons, and sanitisers and masks are compulsory for anyone to avail seating before we serve our delicious dishes,” says Ranjeet Verma, official posted at the canteen.

Where: Garvi Gujarat, 25-B, Akbar Road

Timing: 12.30pm to 3.30pm and 7.30pm to 9.30pm

Bengali food, khoob bhalo!

At Bijoli Grill, all safety measures are being adhered to with utmost discipline. (Photo: Manoj Verma/HT)
At Bijoli Grill, all safety measures are being adhered to with utmost discipline. (Photo: Manoj Verma/HT)

Mention Kosha Mangsho, Ilish to non vegetarians and Aloo Posto to vegetarians, and one is sure to start salivating! There’s also Bengali Special Thali, with the option of buffet and à la carte. You don’t have to worry about hygiene, as all servers wear masks, and sanitisation happens twice a day. Where: Bijoli Grill, Banga Bhawan, 3, Hailey Road, Connaught Place

Timing: 12.30pm to 10pm

Come to Goa...

At Viva O’ Viva, contactless menu, a cheery staff and a cute dog welcome you to a coastal ambience! (Photo: Manoj Verma/HT)
At Viva O’ Viva, contactless menu, a cheery staff and a cute dog welcome you to a coastal ambience! (Photo: Manoj Verma/HT)

Yearning for a trip to Goa? The pandemic might pause your travel plans, but can’t stop you from experiencing some mouth-watering Goan delicacies in Delhi. Contactless menu here allows you to order coastal dishes with the help of a cheery staff. Ila, a city-based professional in judicial services, says, “I had been missing Goan Prawn Curry, Butter Garlic Prawn, and decided to come here.”

Where: Viva O’ Viva, 14, Goa Niwas, Bir Tikendrajit Marg, Chanakyapuri

Timing: Noon to 10pm

Namma Karnataka

A blackboard features all the dishes for the day at Karnataka Food Centre. (Photo: Manoj Verma/HT)
A blackboard features all the dishes for the day at Karnataka Food Centre. (Photo: Manoj Verma/HT)

Craving a fluffy dosa with chutney for breakfast? Look no further than the beautiful blackboard here, which features menu for the day and does away with the need for paper menus. “One day, my husband was craving piping hot sambhar. So we visited here early morning, and were so relieved to see that they’ve adequate distance between tables, and everyone follows social distancing,” says Seema Asthana, a resident of RK Puram.

Where: Karnataka Food Centre, Delhi Karnataka Sangha Building, Sector 12, RK Puram

Timing: 8am to 10.30pm

Spicy, sassy, scrumptious

Andhra Pradesh Bhavan and Telangana Bhavan canteen is back post a break during the Covid times. (Photo: Manoj Verma/HT)
Andhra Pradesh Bhavan and Telangana Bhavan canteen is back post a break during the Covid times. (Photo: Manoj Verma/HT)

A spot that’s usually on the radar of foodies has recently reopened the canteen that houses bhavans of two states, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. All those who miss the delectable idli, dosa, vada and sambhar are now heading back in full gusto. Rajani Jain, a Dwarka-based cooking instructor who recently visited here, says, “The premises have been renovated. The servers now have a uniform, there’s more space for dining, and the food remains as good as ever! I could spot a marginal increase in prices, but we are willing to pay that for food that’s available only here.”

Where: Andhra Pradesh Bhavan and Telangana Bhavan, 1, Ashoka Road

Timing: 8am to 10.30am, Noon to 3pm, 7.30pm to 10pm

Author tweets @bhagat_mallika

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