Head to these State Bhawan Canteens for Authentic Regional Food


Delhi collectively represents a culture of all Indian Regions. People come here from various states to make a living and you often miss the food and your native place. Well, we can’t help you buy a ticket to your hometown but can surely help you with the food. Head out to these State Bhavan Canteens to get a taste of your state:

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Photo of Andhra Pradesh Bhavan Canteen, Ashoka Road, Hyderabad House, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Ginny Bansal

Located in the central part of Delhi, this place attracts a lot of office crowd. It is one of the famous canteens in Delhi and is known for serving authentic Andhra cuisine. It is completely packed during lunchtime. The thali is a complete value for money and is loaded with sabjiz , curd, desert, puri and papad. You can take as many pooris and sabjiz for a refill. The food served here is a treat to taste buds and is extremely delicious. Do try their chicken biryani, chicken curry and fish curry with rice. Try reaching before 1:30 pm to avoid waiting. The ambience is basic but the food is mind-blowing.

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Photo of Gujarat Bhavan, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Ginny Bansal

Visit Gujarat Bhavan to gorge on Gujarati dishes. They have a vast menu and are reasonably priced. Their Gujarati Thali will leave you craving for more. The food is light but very filling. They have special thali, regular thali and a mini meal just in case you are not that hungry. Special thali has Gujarati dal, rice, bhakadwadi, theplas and pooris, some veggies, farsaan , pickle and papad accompanied by a glass of fresh buttermilk to leave your soul satisfied. The ambience is pleasing and the food is tasty as well.


Photo of Goa Niwas, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Ginny Bansal

If you have been craving to go to Goa for a longer time, we can't get you the beaches here but we can get you the Goan delicacies right here in Delhi. The canteen at Goa Niwas is called ‘ Viva O Viva'. The place is done in bright hues and is more like a dining hall. The chef-special along with other dishes on the menu is written on a whiteboard. Vegetarians might find little options here but if you are a pork and a seafood lover, you are in for some really good time. Butter garlic prawn and the prawn peri peri are yummy. Make sure you have their chocolate pudding no matter how full you are.

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Photo of Maharashtra Sadan Canteen, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Ginny Bansal

If you are a foodie, a visit to Maharashtra Sadan is a must. It is one of the hidden gems in Delhi which hasn't got its due recognition. If you have been craving for vadas and pav - you are surely in the right place. Missal pav, sabudana vada, batata vada, vada pav served with chutney is truly a delight. You can try the authentic mutton kohlapuri, mutton malwani, fish koliwada, and dal kohlapuri. And as they say, enjoy life with every bite wrap up your meal with shrikhand.


Photo of Karnataka Food Centre, Sector 12, RK Puram, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Ginny Bansal

Karnataka Bhawan is one of the best places in Delhi to savour traditional dishes. The tagline of the eatery says " A South Indian eating pandora". They have three options of thali- tiffin thali, south indian fixed thali and maharaja thali(for someone with great appetite). Pongal, puliyogare, tomato rice, coconut rice, lemon rice, bisibele bath are made only on specific days of the week, so plan accordingly. Make sure you reach before lunchtime to get a seat else you will surely have to wait.


Photo of Nagaland House, Doctor APJ Abdul Kalam Road, Tughlak Road Area, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Ginny Bansal

The Nagaland house is a simple canteen with good options for diners. If you are a pork lover, you will surely love the dishes such as pork with bamboo shoots and a naga-style pork thali. They have pork thali and chicken thali as well. The restaurant boasts of famous fish chutney. Very limited options for vegetarians.

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Photo of Assam Bhawan, Near Puducherry House, Sardar Patel Marg, Kriti Nagar, Block X, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Ginny Bansal

This new space called Baankaahi that replaced Jakoi restaurant at Assam Bhawan looks brighter and spacious. Along with the regular inside seating, the place also has an open-air courtyard that makes for a great dining spot when the weather allows. Baankaahi greets one with a beautiful painted canvas and folk art on the walls depicting the traditional weaves and weavers of Assam. 

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The Thali here is a perfect assortment of the dishes from Assam for one who doesn't know much about the cuisine. Rice is the staple and sits in the centre of the thali while dal, aalu pithika, sabzi, brinjal fry are common in all the thalis. Try the iconic fish tenga and pork curry. The restaurant is in the basement of Assam bhawan. Visit this place for the familiar and comforting food. The best time to go is on 'Rongali Bihu' (usually in April) when the restaurant hosts a special 'Bihu Buffet'.


Photo of Tamil Nadu House, Teen Murti Marg Area, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Ginny Bansal

This state canteen is not limited to only Idlis, dosas and upmas. Try something new, give it into the spicy chettinad cuisine here. Spicy chicken chettinad with a malabar parotta is one of the specialities here. They have different types of parottas- veg kothu parotta, egg kothu parrota, chicken kothu parrota and many others. You can get your regular vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes here as well. After a fulfilling meal, sip the filter coffee to savour your taste buds.


Photo of Banga Bhawan, Hailey Road, Hamdard Nagar, Vakil Lane, Mandi House, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Ginny Bansal

This place does no compromise when it comes to the taste and quality of the food. Bengalis are food lovers, we can see their love for food in various options at food courts during durga puja across the city. Banga Bhawan is packed on weekends. People come to relish popular Bengali dishes like lucchi-mangsho, daab chingri and misti doi, among others. For starters, you can pick chicken kabiraji, fish roll and mutton cutlet. For the main course go for special Bengali thali to relish a traditional meal with a little of everything.

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Photo of Jammu And Kashmir House, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Ginny Bansal

This is one of the best places in Delhi to have Kashmiri food. The menu varies every day. The vegetarians can start with nadru kebab, followed by Kashmiri rajma, haak saag and laal paneer. Nadru yakhni is exceptional. For the meat lovers, they can gorge on seekh kebabs, mutton yakhni, rogan josh and mutton rista. End your meal with the traditional Kashmiri kahwah. Simple food at reasonable prices and a homely experience would be your reason to visit again.

So, go ahead and enjoy the authentic taste at these state Bhavan canteens.

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