eating out


Situated amidst the environs of a predominantly women oriented atmosphere, right opposite Kamala Nehru and Gargi Colleges are the much sought after food joints of Mithaas and Chowringhee and here is an assimilation of how the plethora of delights that they offer on their menu fare.

Mithaas is the perfect example of how size doesn’t matter. With a confined seating and fairly gloomy lighting, this place witnesses customers ranging from an obvious student from either of the colleges, to families living in the neighbourhood and in the latter half of the day, even those who take cricket coaching at Gargi College. Mithaas has steadily risen to stardom with its flavoursome and unmatched chole bhatture along with grilled vegetable sandwiches, a plate of wholesome samosas and a glass of milkshake which also feature on the list of favourites. Many of those around will swear by indulging in the desi Chinese that this place recreates all the time and also its savoury chaat and gol gappa stall outside the shop. Mithaas certainly fares well in the domains of time for serving, quantity, taste and

affordability but what it lacks is a bit of a quirky touch in terms of infrastructure, space and tidiness, considering that its customer base is widely dominated by students.


With the opening of the well-established and much admired joint of South campus named Chowringhee right across the two colleges, students are steadily pouring in to enjoy the unsurpassed and the absolute forte of this joint – Kathi rolls.  With various filling options like mutton, paneer, egg and potatoes what endears most customers are the chicken rolls. “It is an absolute bliss for students with a jam packed time table to quickly grab a tasty bite at Chowringhee”, says a Kamala Nehru student munching on, at their counter. You could easily satiate a grumbling tummy with their absolutely scrumptious food without giving a second thought to the cost. Kudos to them, for what they are best at!

The newest addition to the foodies’ list – this one is directed more towards those with a sweet tooth – is ‘The Colony Bistro’. Located in the famous market of Amar Colony, right behind Lady Shri Ram College, this little eatery is soon becoming the students’ favourite. The décor from outside sports the look of a typical French Bistro with the  shed, the plants, the wooden chairs and the blackboard proudly announcing the day’s special dish. The facilities provided here include an air conditioned interior, Wi-Fi internet and outdoor seating (for whenever the weather permits).

The food here is good and promises not to burn a hole in your pockets. Their menu ranges from street food to Italian to Chinese. The owner personally recommends the chicken wings, which are currently a favourite among the crowd that comes here. But the deserts are the reason you’ll probably like this place more. Banoffee pie, Blueberry Cheesecake and Chocolate Truffle claim to be the best among the other deserts served. They also have an interesting variety of milk shakes to choose from- Caramel Dream, Blended Irish Cream Shake, Chocolate Hazelnut and many more.

Overall, a good place to hang-out and maybe chill for a bit while you dig into some mouth- watering comfort food.

Isn’t Maggi just the ideal snack to gorge on? It’s “finger licking good”, easily available and doesn’t stab too hard on your pocket. For your information, it’s Maggi or simply FYI as it is commonly known as among students, is the latest addition to the scores of popular Maggi points situated in North Campus, Delhi University.

To reach there, take the stairs going to down to a basement, in the lane right opposite the Mc Donald’s take away counter. As you open the door, you find yourself in a lively room with walls painted bright yellow and red, and low height tables kept with moodhas and dices. All this accompanied with the quirky but fun menu options (Read: WTF, BRB, LOL Maggi) make it an instant hit with students.

“I love this place. It is ideal for a North campus student as it is close to colleges, provides delicious food at affordable prices and the over-all ambience is great and makes one feel at home.”, says Saheba, a student of Daulat Ram College.

A very interesting feature of this restaurant is the varying versions of Maggi available. You can have your Maggi cooked in red chillies and schezwan or in chowmein style. Maggi kebabs and momos are also a hit among customers. But which is the most popular one?  “I get maximum orders for BTW Maggi that is cooked in cheese and rich, creamy butter.” says a worker of FYI.

“I live in a PG accommodation in Kamla Nagar. So FYI for me is the perfect food joint. Very often I come here with my PG roommates in the night to have food. It’s a good alternative to the boring food at my room.” she adds with a laugh.

Apart from Maggi, FYI also offers cold drinks, juices, ice tea and coffee.

The writer suggests– Increasing the quantity of food in one serving.


As you climb up the steps of Burger Girl, located in the Satya Niketan Market, you are greeted by their interesting logo- a shadow figure of a girl holding up a burger on a platter- safe to assume that she is the Burger Girl! Once you walk in, the place seems like your usual fast food joint, with the counter up front, a few seats and a winding staircase that leads to the basement which has a larger seating area (but gets rather stuffy).

Their hand- out says that the chain was founded in “the great state of Texas”; and also claims that they have recently branched out in India, with one outlet in Chandigarh and the other one in Satya Niketan that opened about 4 months back.

A few DU students still recall that the Satya Niketan outlet had a shaky start, as the staff would replace entire meals if the tiniest of flaw was pointed out by an exacting customer. This however is not that case today as service is prompt, quality standards are high and it is tough to hoodwink the staff!

Let us get down to brass tacks now. The menu is well rounded with 5 burgers in both the vegetarian and non- vegetarian sections respectively. The burgers range from standard Aloo Tikki ones to signatures such as the Hangover Burger and the Texas Meal. To increase the range of your selection they have included oven baked Pizzas, various desserts, wraps etc. Their classic signature, the Woozookie – a freshly baked, hot cookie, topped with a choice of flavour ice cream, and different syrups – is an all time favourite.

One inadvertently makes the comparison between an established brand such as Mc Donald’s and a new entrant Burger Girl, so did we. “The French fries at Burger Girl seemed a little bland as we are so used to the Mc Donald’s fries.” said Shreyaa Manhas, a student of Sri Venkateswara College. We also happened to meet- Aseem, Apoorva and Binish, three students from Motilal Nehru College pursuing Maths Honors who told us that the burgers tasted better, were fresher and all this while being affordable for the student’s pocket! “Mc Donald’s lost three customers today!” Aseem said.

Can the shadow figure of the Burger Girl, defeat the red headed giant Ronald? The jury of DU students is out on that question. As far as meeting the high standards of being an adda, Burger Girl gets all the tick marks in our list!


Anugrah Gopinath
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