Delhi may be famous for many things, but the Indian capital’s food scene ranks highly on most people’s lists. For affordable dining options with great flavours, visit these 10 restaurants offering the best and cheapest meals in Delhi.
Cafeteria & CO. is another standout restaurant in Delhi University’s North Campus. The place is most famous for its range of burgers conspicuously named after celebrities like Beyoncé, LeBron James, Donald Trump and Al Pacino. Their customised fries are also not to be missed, especially the 3 Way Chicken Fries that come loaded with grilled chicken, chicken tikka and sausage. If novelty isn’t your thing, try their seafood options, such as beer-battered prawns, fish and chips or shrimp pizza. Its laid back attitude lets diners hang out long after the meal is over.
In recent years, Delhi University’s North Campus has grown to become a food haven with some top-notch restaurants setting up shop in the neighbourhood. Mama’s Buoi, a multi-cuisine restaurant, is the cream of the crop scoring high on everything from food to ambiance and service. You can choose any item from their menu and you won’t be disappointed, but do finish off your meal with their blueberry kheer, a much-loved Indian rice pudding with a signature fruity twist.
The neighbourhood of Satya Niketan is where most students of Delhi University’s South Campus hangout. Needless to say, the place is buzzing with a wide variety of bars and restaurants. Big Yellow Door has consistently managed to stay on top of its game even in the face of stiff competition, thanks to the quality of its food, their friendly service and affordable price tag. The cafe is mostly known for its delicious burgers and pasta, such as the BYD Cheese Bomb Burger and butter chicken pasta, an Indian take on the Italian staple, which come highly recommended.
Saravana Bhavan prides itself on being the largest vegetarian restaurant chain in the world, serving South Indian staples like dosa, idli, uttapam and vada. The first restaurant opened in Chennai in 1981 and today, Saravana Bhavan boasts 33 outlets in India and 47 abroad. Its Delhi outpost is located in the famous neighbourhood of Connaught Place and guests arrive here knowing full well that the wait time to get a table can go up to an hour. For those unsure of what to order, the ghee roast masala dosa or the rava plain dosa (a lighter option) are good choices.
Echoes’ unique and quirky interior has given the restaurant much of its fame. However, it’s the fact that the entire place is managed by a hearing-impaired staff that really stands out. The owners of the place are a bunch of young working professionals who wanted to create a business space that also served a social cause. Ever since it opened, Echoes has garnered top reviews from customers in the city. It has two outlets, one in the north and the other in South Delhi. While both are good, the ambiance in the former is slightly better.
Another popular restaurant in Majnu-ka-tilla is the Busan Korean Restaurant. Some of the top dishes from South Korea, such as bibimbap, bulgogi, kimbap and seolleongtang, are available here. Most Korean restaurants in the city are at two extremes: either they’re highly expensive or quite cheap but serve below par food, which is why having a place like Busan is a blessing for Delhi. The place also earns points for its minimal decor, which lends it a peaceful atmosphere, making guests feel relaxed at once.
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