Welcome to the hottest food junction in the heart of the Delhi University-On the Go! It is definitely not your run-of-mill fast food joint; it definitely has a lot more to offer! The ambience is very cosy and youthful at the same time. Bamboo stools, graffiti splattered on the walls and the youthful chatter define this place. The place could have been more spacious considering its fan following, which seems to rise by the day! One would be amazed to know that the prices are very ‘student-friendly’, without comprising on the quality.

The menu is interesting and the names even more…! I Smooshies, bashed up potatoes and bruschettas are some of the names I am sure you have never even heard of, innovative right? Firstly, I suggest you to try the delectable ‘Italian bashed up potatoes’. Potatoes coated with a creamy layer of Italian dressing are sure to tantalize your taste buds. After you have relished the potatoes, you could go for their grilled sandwiches and pastas. Pastas are definitely “value for money” and are an instant hit with the college-goers. The sandwiches, especially the “Mumbai street” and the “Country chicken” ones . The Mumbai street sandwich is a treat for the vegetarians and I could say one of the best veg sandwiches I have ever had till date.

Now, coming to the drinks I would advise you to avoid the “Smooshies”. The name sounds exotic but the taste is very ordinary.The Mint lemonade is worth a try, with the subtle taste taste of ‘pudina ’staying even after you have gulped it down. As far as the desserts are concerned, they are simply heavenly. All in all, a foodies delight!





North Indian Cuisine

As you hop down from the bus/auto and enter the swanky South Extension market, you will see a tiny, nondescript dhaba very close to the bus stand. This is the quintessential Delhi dhaba, with little space to sit, mouth watering food and dirt cheap prices all rolled into one.

Try the palak paneer if it’s vegetarian de rigueur for you. The naan is soft and good and the dal makhni scores decently as well. However I wouldn’t recommend the shahi paneer to those who are shy of food floating in oil.

Good service, reasonable rates and awesome food, this is precisely why one should come here.

The only thing you need to be careful about is hygiene, but then that is something you must overlook at a dhaba! The food can be a little too hot for the taste buds, however it is still worth it. Ask for extra helpings of pickles at this place, they are simply out of this world! In fact, they don’t even mind serving an extra helping of the main dishes without charging an extra penny. Bring on the food, we say!

On the whole, this dhaba is excellent value for money and an important stop over for Delhi foodies!

My rating: 4/5

South Indian Cuisine

dian food, but never have enough money on them to go to a Sagar, Saravana Bhavan or the likes, this is the place to be. This small dhaba located opposite the Jantar Mantar is one place that you simply cannot miss, crammed as it is at almost every hour of the day by hungry office goers out for a snack. You have to place your order with an authoritative man who in turn yells them out most incoherently to the cook. The cook, blessed with almost superhuman powers of comprehension, then proceeds to whip up anything you may have cared to order, from dosas to utthapams, in a matter of five minutes.

Idlis, vadas and a variety of other snacks, including a dessert called rava kesari, are also available and at a nominal price. The prices of the items range from Rs 15 for an agreeable quantity of upma to Rs 30 for atleast 15 different varieties of dosas. My personal favourite is the onion rava masala dosa. The portions of the idlis, vadas and dosas are enough to make it a meal in itself. Excellently prepared Sambar and coconut chuntey flow in copious amounts as there is no limit to the number of refills you may ask for. The place is also surprisingly hygienic for a dhaba, the premises is clean and the cutlery is washed thoroughly right in front of your eyes. The food is undoubtedly fresh and the number of regular patrons there suggest very few gastronomical hazards.

The only drawback is that there is no place to sit. There are a few stools randomly placed in front of the snacks centre but they are almost always occupied. People generally eat inside their cars and others improvise by sitting on other people’s cars. But there is ample space to stand and eat, which a majority of people can be seen doing. They also serve water there but for the more finicky customers mineral water can be purchased from the shop next door. In any case there is always an ice cream cart parked right outside doing brisk business.

My rating 3.5/5

Western Indian cuisine

I have lost count of the number of times I have read an article on India and come across the phrase “unity in diversity” or something along these lines. They say that India is a celebration of opposites living in harmony. A classic paradigm of this is Gujarati cuisine. Most Gujarati dishes are sweet, spicy and salty at the same time; a perfect balance between the vagrant tastes. Though most non-vegetarians aren’t a big fan of Gujarati food, vegetarian foodies often patronize this cuisine.

Most people often mislead by the name head towards Gujarat Bhavan to sample this cuisine. They return sorely disappointed because not only is the building in shackles but the food isn’t much to write home about either .In fact Gujarati food is served only two hours before dinner here! If you are on the look out to sample authentic and scrumptious Gujarati food, I suggest you give Gujarat Bhavan a skip as it is functions more as a guesthouse than a restaurant. Instead, treat your palette to Gujarati thalis at Rajdhani restaurant in CP instead.

A Gujarati meal starts with a specially prepared snack called Farsan accompanied with Chhas, a curd based drink very similar to the North Indian Lassi. Some of the popular Gujrati snacks here are Dhokla and Khandvi . The breads are different too.

Try the Thepla, a dried paraunthi that can be eaten even weeks after it has been prepared. My personal favourite is the Bajra ki Roti with Jaggery and lots of desi ghee. The Khichdi, here is delicious as well. Dessert favourites here are Aamras (mango extract) and Shrikhand (a milk based dessert with a slightly tangy taste).

It’s even popular among the college crowd because not only is the food delicious and cheap, its unlimited. Yes, you read it right. One can have unlimited helpings for a meagre 200 rupees per thali. Moreover, the food here is served with a genuine warmth and love that is uniquely Indian.

Eastern Indian Cuisine

Annapurna Sweets

The first thing you associate with Bengali food is probably Rosogulla. For the more erudite their knowledge might extend to shandesh, mishti doi, kachagola, chomchom or even kheer kadam. Can you see the patter emerging? An intricate part of their cuisine; sweets are also the most popular Bengali fare outside the boundaries of the state. This is evident from the number of sweet shops that have cropped up throughout the length and breadth of India, doing thriving business and popularizing the legend of the Bengali sweet tooth. One of the largest and most popular sweet chop chains has got to be Annapurna Sweets. Patronized by Bengalis and non Bengalis alike the place does brisk business as it dispenses mouthwatering sweets. The house favourites are the wide variety of shandesh and kachagola while the rosogolla and mishti doi see brisk business. Customers also swear by the salty snacks available there, especially the crispy shingara stuffed with diced rather than mashed potato in true Bengali style.

The authentic Bengali mishti and delectable snacks ought not to be missed by any true foodie or sweet aficionado.


1463, Chandni Chowk

13, DDA Market 4, CR Park

CSC, Market 2, CR Park

My Rating: 4/5

Contributed by Rachita Murali, Devika Dutt and Shraddha Gupta


If you’re wondering what just opened up at “that petrol pump near JMC” we will put an end to your curiosity! This snazzy restaurant is Fast Trax, a fast food joint certainly in the league of Mc Donald’s. However, don’t jump to conclusions and presume the prices on the menu are proportional to the eatery’s swanky ambience. One is pleasantly surprised to discover that this was not the case and the food items are easily affordable! The first time you go there, I suggest you opt for the “20 Rupees Wala Burger”. They have certainly come up with innovative though extremely unusual names for their burgers. The cheapest vegetarian and non-vegetarian burgers are called “rock star” and “don” respectively. These could be coupled with any beverage ranging from iced tea to the chocolate milkshake. But for all of you who would wisely choose water out of this range, we advice you to carry your own instead of buying it from here! After you eat the scrumptious don or rock star, we doubt you would try anything else because they are definitely  “value for money” burgers.

But for all those rare times when your pocket is a little fuller and your stomach considerably empty you can go ahead and try a “California”, a good buy for all you mayo-chicken freaks. Now what we don’t want you to try is the pasta simply because of the lack of consistency in its taste.   Also if you decide to say, “I’ll have the rajma-rice box” at the counter, go home for your mum makes it best! One can even indulge their sweet tooth in the delicious chocolate desserts they have to offer. All in all I declare Fast Trax  is a fairly good place




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Off the beat foodie trail


1. What: Patel Chest bhelpuri

Where: Patel Chest main gate, north campus

A small over laden cart, beside a bald, fat gentleman who whips up the most delicious puffed rice potpourri. Very quaint, I’d call it.

He is well known in the area, and ask any bhelpuri connieussier, they will swear by the Patel chest guy. The recipe is a well guarded secret. The puffed rice is conjured up well with spicy sauces and flavorings, which make this bhelpuri the most unique of all varieties. The bhelpuri can be customized according to your tastes, which is a major add on. The toppings are different too in this case; there is crisp groundnut and fresh coriander, so that makes it all the more eatable.

2. What: Chhole Kulche

Where: right outside Hans Raj main gate.

His chole kulche are definitely understated. The kulche are soft and tender, while his chole are well steamed and nice. All he takes is a mere 10 rupees for a scrumptious meal.

3. What: Momos

Where: A) outside Venkateswara College, Satya Niketan

B) Momos at Bungalow road, Kamla Nagar

Stuffed dumplings couldn’t come cheaper. For Rs 10 a plate, which incidentally includes 5 momos, it’s a total rip off. With hot chilly sauce as accompaniment, this is something every DUzen should experience at least once.

4. What: Chole Bhature

Where: “Chacha’s” opposite Hans Raj hostel gate, Kamla Nagar.

Although I suspect they are a franchisee of the original Chacha’s, their chole bhature nevertheless are up to Chacha’s high standards. They could even be recommended over the original, as there is just enough place to stand and eat, unlike Chacha’s shop. At the same price per plate, this one sure is a must try.