Cost for two: 700 (approx)

Location: Matia Mahal Bazaar, opposite to gate 1 of Jama Masjid

Must tries: Mutton Biriyani, Shami and Shikh Kebabs

After a harrowing rickshaw journey through the lanes of Purani Dilli, in which yours truly turned a believer, we reached gate 1 of Jama Masjid. Before us stood the majesty of the 17th century Friday mosque and at the opposite side Bazaar Matia Mahal, the road to culinary heaven. The lane was home to the best and the second best Mughlai restaurants in the city. While Karim’s is the hyped offering of the lane, Al Jawahar is the other option that is its equal in the business, if not superior.

As with other Old Delhi restaurants, the ambience is nothing to speak of in the very traditional sense of the word. There is no subtle lighting and slow music. While it is not the most hygienic joint in the town, it still is one of the cleanest places to have Mughlai food in the place of its origin. We ordered Shaami Kebabs, Shikh Kebabs, Mutton Achaar Biriyani, Brain Curry and Chicken Jahangiri, of which the last was delivered late because the waiter forgot that we ordered it in the first place. Vegetarians don’t really get a lot to choose from in most of the eateries in the old quarters and our vegetarian friend had to do with Dal Fry and Mutter Pulao.

The first thing that hits you when the food is served is the aroma. The Kebabs were the perfect starters and melted in the mouth the moment you popped them in, leaving behind a faint smoky taste. The Biryani was delectable in ways words can’t describe. Given its name, each bite had a pleasant overtone of the achaar, while the mutton was just perfect, not so soft that it fails to register its texture while not that chewy that you tire yourself out over it. It was our first time with having brain as food and for the ones who have not had it yet, it tastes like eggs. Yes. The curry had a creamy gravy and the brain (yes, it feels weird even writing it) surprisingly delicious. While the chicken felt a little under cooked, the gravy it came suspended in more than made up for it. Finish off your Old Delhi meal with a Meetha Samosa and Rabri Falooda from the sweetmeat shops nearby.

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DU Beat in collaboration with Little Black Book Delhi brings some interesting content for the souls of Delhi University. Here is the first page from LBBD’s Guide for a DU student!

After clamping down of several restaurants in North Campus last year, it’s a wave of relief that a new set of joints have come up for students to indulge in. If you’re looking for interesting, new cuisines or good ol’ desi khaana in new places, North Campus has quite a few options for you!

What makes it to our Little Black Book? Here’s our shortlist of new places for foodies in North Campus.

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Indian karchi meets a Chinese wok, and what we get is appetizing renditions of both the cuisines! In five months, the new branch of Momo’s point in GTB Nagar has already found a loyal following. Besides momos and North Indian delights, the restaurant has a good ‘Chinese Thali’. The warm and friendly ambience of the place adds to the food experience.

Where | 2512, Hudson Lane, Near GTB Nagar Metro Station, Delhi University-GTB Nagar

Price | INR 350-500 for two {approx.)

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The small join tucked away in the middle of Hudson lane is about a year old, but is still new and unexplored. This cozy café promises good service, amiable staff, and an array of innovative burgers. When we’re bored of KFC and McDonald’s, and are looking for a fast food joint, Kori’s a go-to spot. Besides the ‘Boss Burger’ we quite liked the Chicken Mayo rice here as well.

Where | 1598, Outram Line, Kingsway Camp, GTB Nagar

Price | INR 300 for two {approx.}

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Its wooden bookshelves, coupled with decked walls makes it an attractive café at the first sight! We’ve tried the pasta and panner tikka sandwich both of which were devoured, happily, by us.  We found it to be a value for money cafe, which offers great food in greater quantity.

Where | 2526, First floor, Above CCD, Hudson lane, Kingsway Camp, Delhi University

Price | INR 500 for two {approx.}

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Looking for a quick bite that doesn’t hurt the wallet? Located above ‘Y Not Chinese’, All Yours serves up delectable chowmein, and hot chocolate to go with a rainy, pensive day. From what we’re told, their menu is now expanding and soon they will be serving dishes like tandoori chicken pasta.

Where | 32 UB, Jawahar Nagar, Kamla Nagar

Price | INR 250 for two {approx.)


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Kai Chicken, a very oriental name that boasts of a wide ranging menu, but does it live up to the standards of us DU students?

Location: Kai Chicken is located about 10 steps down the lane from Chowrangee, right next to Bubble Tea Shop (which has shifted) this makes it very accessible. Even though their board is quite in everyone’s face, the clutter of Satya Niketan may force you to overlook this place.

Ambience: As soon as you enter this eatery, be rest assured you’ll forget that you are in Satya. The place is neat and clean, quite spacious- which comes as a surprise and we could not miss the powerful AC that gives much needed respite.


Menu and Food: The most crucial aspect of an eating joint, its food. Sadly Kai Chicken does not fare too well here. We found the burgers to be bite sized, compared to the hogger’s delight the menu displayed. The wrap we ordered was mostly cold and seemed half heartedly done up. They do take into account a wide variety of non vegetarian food- mainly chicken and can prove to be a refreshing change for chicken lovers.

Service: It took more than a reasonable amount of time for our food to find its way to our table. This seemed even more unreasonable as there weren’t any other customers at the time. However, service at the counter is prompt and we have no qualms whatsoever. The option of home delivery is also there, so you can order Kai right to your PG.

Value for money: Here is where the hoardings get really misleading. They boast of a very student friendly price tag, but it isn’t all that friendly. The average cost for 2 for a meal can touch Rs. 400/- if drinks, main course and dessert were to be taken into account.

Unmissables: You can certainly not miss the ceramic- burger shaped jar- that houses ketchup sachets- very eye catching. In terms of food the Chicken bucket and Chicken fingers with the variety of dips are worth a try.

Now in DU, do as the DU kids do and explore!

So here is DUB bringing you one of its favourite Tibetan food joints which is definitely recommended for all the foodies out there!


Location – (2/5)
This restaurant is located in the narrow streets of the famous Tibetan refugee settlement, ‘Majnu ka tilla’, which is close to both the Vidhan Sabha and Vishwavidyalya metro station. Accessibility can be slightly problematic due to the overcrowded roads and remoteness of the area. Students will have to shell out around 30-40 bucks for their rickshaw ride!


Ambience – (3.5/5) The place is fit to comfortably accommodate over 40 people, and has a bright and sunny feel to it. The food joint is done up in a traditional Buddhist manner with loads of laughing Buddhas and dragons staring at you as you eat. The place can safely be referred to as ‘a small chunk of Tibet’ in the busy metropolitan of Delhi.

Menu – (4/ 5) The menu comprises of your everyday Chinese and Tibetan dishes; with their momos, noodles and thukpa being the crowning glory. Variety of Tibetan dishes like the Gyuma (fried sausages), Shabhaley (fried momos) and Thentuk (noodles with soup) are Tee Dee’s speciality. Their steamed bread and special apple beer can be a good companion to your meal.

Service – (3/ 5) The service is good with the restaurant not being too crowded. The staff though approachable but seemed slightly slow with their service.

Rates – (3.5/5) This restaurant is perfect for the perpetually broke DU kid as their rates are pretty low and the average cost for a meal for two people is around Rs. 400 with beverages included.


The joint is open from 11 AM to 11 PM and has packing services as well. If one overlooks the slight accessibility issue, this place is great for a date or a day out with friends!

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Pizzarro, an old and very famous food joint located at Hudson Lane, North Campus definitely sticks to the old concept of the ‘all ingredient and no fuss’ Italian food they serve. DUB recently visited the cheery old restaurant and came up with the following pointers to rate it:

Location – Located right 0.5 km away from the GTB Nagar metro station, this place is easily accessible and is commonly visited by students and also families.

Ambience – The place is fit to comfortably accommodate over 40 people, and has a dark but cosy feel to it. With its shiny red sofas and chairs, this restaurant is designed to look exactly like one of the bistros in the city of Rome; this place is a delight for the eye and stomach. The youthful vibe it resonates coupled with the delicious smell of freshly baked pizza appeals to all.

Menu – The menu boasts of having a plethora of quintessential Italian dishes on it. The wide array of spaghettis, lasagnes, slice pizzas and salads makes this place worth the visit. Their ‘Spaghetti Bolognaise in Garlic Sauce’ and ‘Roast Chicken Slice Pizza’ made our mouths water in delight. The wide range of mocktails, drinks and desserts available here make it a good place for a casual lunch or dinner out.

Service – The service was good with the restaurant not being too crowded. The staff was friendly, patient and approachable.

Rates – With Italian cuisine usually leaning towards the expensive side, Pizzaro is surprisingly cheap with the cost for a meal for two being just Rs. 500. The prices are light on the pocket of an average student and completely worth the money spent.

This joint is usually open from 11 AM to 11 PM and offers the facility of home delivery as well. With a great decor, friendly staff and the excellent food; this place is definitely one for our young students!

pizarroratingRating – 4/5

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Known as the cultural hub of Delhi, Mandi House contains some of the finest art institutions in India- National School of Drama, Kathak Kendra, Bharatiya Kala Kendra, FICCI, Russian Culture Centre to name a few. It boasts of being alma mater to some very successful artists in India and is a budding ground for many more to come.

Because of the centrality of its location and the huge crowd it attracts, a large number of food joints have come up in the past and continue to do so now. Let’s look at some popular joints here-

1)      Shri Ram Centre Canteen

The canteen serves lip smacking Chinese food at affordable rates. It is a favorite among students of Shri Ram Theatre and other students in the vicinity. Hugely popular is the spicy singapuri chowmein and refreshing beverages like sweet lassi.

2)      Bengali market

You’ve probably been living under a rock if you haven’t tasted the chhole bhature of Bengali Market. This place boasts of being one of the oldest markets in Delhi, and one of the most modern too. Nathu’s, Bengali Sweets, Costa Coffee are some of its famous eateries. While Nathu’s are affordable to a student’s pocket, Costa Coffee is slightly expensive but gives a good ambience and experience, which makes it worth.

3)      NSD Canteen

If you have cravings for home made food instead, you can always go to the NSD Canteen that serves delicious Indian Thali , rajma chawal, kadi chawal , etc. The canteen however, is not that spacious and will not give you the desired ambience of quietness as it is always in a hustle bustle.


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37 years after its inception, Rendezvous continues to cast its magic on students of more than 500 different colleges across the globe. On the third day of its 37th edition, Rendezvous witnessed the campus of IIT Delhi buzzing with a series of frolic and adventure filled events and activities like Laser Tag, Zorbing, Street Dancing, Podium, Mr. and Ms. Rendezvous and the most talked about Confluence which is a series of Musical performances from bands across the globe.

This time Instituto Cervantes presented the Spanish Raga, which is a unique blend of Spanish jazz and Carnatic music. The event began at four in the Dogra hall and continued for an hour and a half.  Although the lyrics was in Spanish and therefore unintelligible by the majority of the audience, the Dogra hall was fully packed with students humming along with the band. The artists played flute, drum and guitar and rocked the stage with their slow and passionate songs.

Stage one had the Delhi drummers giving their performance in full swing with students gathered all around them, clapping and cheering with enthusiasm. The other enthralling event was Mister and Miss Rendezvous which saw girls and boys showcasing their talent by dancing, singing and even acting on the stage in order to impress the judges. The audience enjoyed thoroughly, whistling and hooting after each performance. The students thronged the auditorium to see the participants perform.

Last but not the least the food and handicraft stalls witnessed a huge crowd inspite of being quite expensive. All in all day three of Rendezvous was as dazzling as one would expect an annual IIT fest to be.



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The doors of Essence of the East open into a small room with eight tables, with plain green walls. It is a no non-sense place where you can just concentrate on the flavours from the East. A pleasant looking girl hands out the menu. Don’t hesitate if you don’t understand any name, ask and she’ll answer it most readily. The menu has a wide range of dishes and is presented in a direct manner, without any superfluous descriptions.

Coming to the food, pork ribs are enormously loved by the customers. Naagah, a 3rd year student of Sociology from Sri Venkateswara College is a regular customer, along with Sean, who is pursuing MA from the South Campus. They both enjoyed the pork ribs and pork noodles. They find the place to be easy on the pocket, something which every student looks for. Kriti Talwar, pursuing MA English from South Campus, said, “The pork noodles are a little too oily, but tasty.”

Thukpa is a popular soup-and-noodles dish, and rightly so. It is yummy and tummy-filling. EOTE offers Thukpa to both vegetarian and non-vegetarian customers. Another popular dish, Honey Chili Potatoes, is average in taste and a better version can be obtained elsewhere.

EOTE has introduced Leafu Noodles, which are neon green in colour in their vegetarian version. A little sprinkle of soy sauce from one of the tiny bowls make the noodles all the more delicious. Kimchi, a Korean dish, is a cold cabbage salad with just a little too much chili. Gooseberry juice is well-suited for the taste buds that can accept something new, as it is made from fermented gooseberries. It is a bit strange, but it surely is something fresh for our palate.

The restaurant has free home delivery service with minimum order of Rs.100. You can bring the East to the comforts of your P.G. and enjoy!


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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.

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Stephen’s steamed chicken momos or LSR’s kathi rolls?
Not only is Stephens known for its “egg” recipes- the delicious omelettes served with a knife and a fork,and the cheese scrambled egg, it’s Minced chicken maggi and dosas are also famous.
LSR on the other hand has to it’s credit a vast menu which ranges from keema dosas to butter chicken and from pizzas and hot dogs to seek kebab rumali rolls. While both these canteens assert themselves as “cafes” , it is still tough to say which is better.

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Post your argument below.