If you love dosa, value a vada and score south Indian khana on the quality of the sambhar, then this rundown of six superb south Indian diners is a must read (and a must eat).
South Indian khana (food) has conquered the tastes buds of Indian’s from every state. The now quintessential Indian breakfast of dosa, vada or idly with sambhar could be south India’s most famous export.
There was plenty of competition when pulling together this list of six super south Indian eateries. I reckon I’ve nailed it, but maybe you know better?
Anna Durga’s, Lodi Colony
This isn’t fancy, there are no tables or chairs, but this fabulous street food stall packs a punch.
The minute customers bite into an Anna Durga’s vada they’re transported to fluffy vada heaven. Served with as good a sambhar as you’ll get anywhere and a fresh flavoursome coconut chutney, you’re onto a winner.
For the past 30 years Anna Durga has been giving the capital’s south Indian diaspora what they want. And at 40 INR, for both the massala dosa and vada, it’s not only a delicious taste sensation, it’s super cheap too.
What are you waiting for? Go. You’ll find Anna Durga at Block No.- 4, Fourth Ave Rd, Block 4, Lodi Colony, New Delhi, Delhi 110003. This google map will help guide you in. Yes, this tiny little stall is so good he’s even marked up on Google maps.
Canartic Cafe, New Friends Colony
A Karnatakan with a deep love for south Indian coffee told me that I had to get myself down to the Carnartic Cafe, New Friends Colony, for the finest South Indian food in Delhi.
If I did as I was told, she promised I’d be rewarded with the best Mysore Masala Dosa in the city. I argued that I’d been to Mysore, but she simply raised her eyebrows and told me to get going.
The Mysore masala dosa at the cafe was a triangular treat. Thinner and crunchier than other dosas, the Mysore comes with spongyness on the inside. My eyes brows were raised when it came to the variety of dosas on the menu. There’s the Bombat and the Malleshwaram 18th Cross amongst others.
Wondering what I’m going on about? Get yourself down to New Friends Colony, order a coffee and start reading the menu. Around 600 INR for a meal for two.
Naivedyam, Haus Khas Village
Naivedyam’s has six outlets in the Delhi NCR, but its flagship restaurant in Haus Khas Village is the one that you want to go to.
Naiveyam promises to take customers right into the interior of Karnataka and give them the best South Indian dining experience. Naivedyam’s didn’t disappoint.
You’ll be greeted by an ornate Nandi (bull) outside the restaurant’s temple like entrance. Walk into Naivedyam’s plush restaurant and take a seat for your pick of south Indian delights including long steam idlis, vadias, rice dosa, rava dosa, oothappam, thalis and traditional meals. If your taste buds are tingling, check out the menu.
Once you’ve eaten at Naivedyams you’ll know why it’s become so successful since opening up in 1994. At a price point of around 600 – 700INR for two people, it’s pretty easy on the pocket too for such pleasant surroundings and fine food.
Chidambaram’s, New Madras Hotel, Khanna Market
This place comes packed with tradition and stories as well as yummy south Indian flavours. Once a simple hole in the wall, Chidambaram’s was established in 1930 by a man of the same name.
Catering to British Officers who had been stationed to the New Capital of British India from their base in south India, Chidambaram’s hole in the wall was a massive success. So much so, that he moved the New Madras Hotel into bigger premises right across the road. Today, the New Madras Hotel occupies the same premises.
Run by the founder’s sons, C. Raju and C. Bala, this restaurant crams customers into two rooms – including an AC upstairs. The south Indian platter is a great way to introduce newcomers to south Indian, as is the 3 in 1 dosa. Popular for good reason. Around 350 INR for two people.
Find Chidambaram’s, New Madras Hotel, Khanna Market, at Shop No.7 , Khanna Market, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110003. Phone on 011 2461 7702. Here’s the map to guide you in.
Hotel Saravana Bhavan, Janpath, near Connaught Place
Mr. P. Rajagopal (aka Annachi), the founder of Hotel Saravana Bhavan, believes that few things bring about a smile of satisfaction like food. The happy, smiling faces at the Janpath outlet of HSB prove the point. If you’re feeling grumpy, the food here will give you good reason to be cheerful
There’s two options in and around CP. One in Janpath (number 46 on the opposite side of the Tibetan Markets and just past the Cottage Emporium, take a look at this map) and the other Connaught Circus (Janpath P-13/90, New Delhi-110 001. The map is here.
For more information on Hotel Saravana Bhavan, check out the website. Around 500 – 600 INR for two people.
Andhra Bhavan, Ashoka Road, Connaught Place
Raved about, this State Bhavan is on every Dilliwalahs lips when it comes to South Indian. Unlike the other diners on this list, you’ll get non veg at this State Bhavan.
Run by private caterer, M/s Sai Caterers, this canteen offers up breakfast, lunch and dinner, to diners who cram into its simple surroundings to tuck in tasty and cheap, cheap food.
Breakfast of idly, vada and dosa for 30 rupees, lunchtime thalis for 50 rupees and regular non veg dishes chicken curry, chicken fry, mutton fry and fish curry coming in at 50 rupees too.
What to know where to go. Find the Andhra Bhavan at No. 1, Ashoka Road, Near India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110001. Here’s a google map.
So, where are you going to eat? There’s so much good stuff to chose from, it’s not going to be easy to decide, is it?