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The Ramjas Canteen: A Place to Be Visited At Least Once

The Ramjas Canteen: A Place to Be Visited At Least Once

The saddest comedy is that the very moment when the most hungry, groping our pockets for the precious medium of exchange brings upon this great realisation that reasonable price is the only way out of the crisis! Well, this is no problem in Delhi University, a magnificent hub of ‘running low on pockets’ youngsters. And it is actually a great excuse to be at the Ramjas canteen; a place that exudes a fine dine-in aura, but with food provided only till the college remains open and not quite reaching the dinner times.

The college though the oldest in the University and established in 1917 and shifted to the present D.U. location in 1950, its canteen got the present and most evident form in 1999 only. So this high ceilinged hall with an official yellow tinge on its walls making space for several round tables with chairs around, a large delivery counter and a small but efficient accounts counter is quite modern. Bustling with the enthusiastic crowd of the institution, one is extremely glad on finding a wide range of food selects and an attendant to look after their requirements.

For starters, a one food item that is of greatest popularity is the French fries.  What is its speciality? These French fries will never fit into the conventional prototype of the food item but these potato slices, in their reddish-golden and crispy look and amazing taste will surely tickle your taste-buds.

Next, the Rajma Chawal can be tried that melts extremely well in your mouth or even welcome the hot, crispy and golden discs of the Bhaturas that come with equally delectable Choles. The Pao Bhaji is another good option with its distinct taste and relishing freshness.

Another food that stands out of its prototype is the ‘Pasta’ that has a flavour of Chinese delicacy. If sceptic, mark these words, one bite and you will yearn for more.

Thirsty after so much of food, food and food? Well, choose the drink you might: fruit beer to fruit juice, shakes to the safe cold drinks, you find it all in an adjacent counter for drinks.

The best thing about the Ramjas canteen is that the food is served in no time and also this place is hygiene friendly. Also, it is never conventional. Neither is it a boring, conventional college canteen, nor does it provide a conventional meal. In fact, some of its food items are so much out of the norm but yet are so exceptional that it blows one’s mind away.

A word of advice: this place deserves a try.

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Foodie Correspondent:Sukanya Sharma

19th August,2013

Anubhav Sapra
Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.
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North Campus Famous Hangouts

You may have had the best cuisines available in Delhi, may have dined in the most posh restaurants but my foodie friend it’s all incomplete till you haven’t tasted Dilli’s food-Dilli’s way- Street way!

Here’s a quick guide for all fucchas of North Campus to the very famous, very affordable TOP 9 places you must visit to satisfy your taste buds because TOP 10 is too mainstream.

 

 

1- Chacha di hatti– Unlike the ordinary chhole bhature, this plate of delight is non-greasy, looks delicious and is served with perfectly fried potatoes, topped with fresh chilies and onions. Kindly carry some patience along because at most times this place is extremely crowded unless and until it’s a holiday or 3 PM, by which it closes.

Personal Recommendation– Chhole Bhature

Price for 2– Rs 50/-

Rated– 4/5

2-Vaishnav Chat Bhandaar– What is more fun than laughing with a mouth full of golgappas! If you are looking for a similar experience, you must try this place that is famous for its flavor-filled chat menu.

(If you crave for chat like I do, you could also try Bitoo Tikki waala in core Kamla Nagar market and this amazing bhelpuri and chat seller who puts his stand right next to Patel Chest Bus Stop.)

Personal Recommendation– Paneer tikka and kulfi faluda

Price for 2– Rs 100/-

Rated– 3.5/5

3-Brijwasi Sweets– Missing home? Missing out on Indian sweets amongst stuffing on junk food? No more to be said. Visit Brijwasi Sweets. Famous for its bottled milk and Indian sweet delights.
Personal Recommendation– Rasgulla and Rasmalai (that they serve in kulhads)

Price for 2– Rs 100

Rated– 3.3/5

4-Bille di hatti– Straight from Lahore, bille di hatti made me taste the most yummy lassi I’ve ever had in my life. If you want to bring out the true Punjabi in you, this huge glass of lassi is all you need. Don’t worry, there is a small steel tumbler available too for the ones with a tiny appetite.

Personal Recommendation– Sweet lassi

Price for 2– Rs 100

Rated– 3.2/5

5-Delhi School of Economics Canteen– Canteen is the best place to find cheap food and happening crowd. A lecture bunked will be worthwhile for mutton cutlets and hot delicious noodles from this canteen. (Other canteens you may try are Rajma Chawal from Ramjas Canteen, Mince cutlets from Stephen’s, IRCTC (Indian railways catering and tourism corporation) food at Arts Faculty college.)

Personal Recommendation– Mutton Dosa and Jelly-cream

Price for 2- Rs 60/-

Rated– 3.5/5

6- For Your Information– For Your Information, For Your Information (FYI) is a Maggie serving point with interesting items on menu that amuse the taste buds and the eyes. Before letting words like TTYL and LOL slip from your tongue, mind it or a waiter might bring forward a bowl of noodles. You guessed it right, these are some entertaining names on the menu.

Personal Recommendation– Anything with Maggie in it

Price for 2– Rs 150

Rated– 3/5

7-Try some Cafes’:

-Chill-m on bungalow road, let’s you chill with board games if your bill crosses Rs 300.

Personal Recommendation– Shooters and mocktails

-Kori’s is a Korean joint on Hudson lake which is famous for its quick grabs, ranging from Rs 50-Rs 200.

Personal Recommendation– Burgers

-Big Yellow Door is yes a big yellow door on your way to Vijay Nagar Market which is famous for its quirky décor and reasonable prices.

Personal Recommendation- Sandwiches and Wraps

8-J.P. Tea Stall and Nandu ki chai– Jai Prakash Tea Stall outside the Delhi School of Economics is the place you’ve been in lookout for if you have uncontrollable urges for Tea and the best part is your non tea drinker friends can also join in for a refreshing Banta. Whearas Nandu is no longer available but as an ode to all the chuski’s of chai sipped there (and ofcourse to mint money), another chai stall famous is outside Law Faculty college, entertaining students and professors alike.

Rated– 3.7/5

9-    Majnu ka teela – Not really sure of why it has been named so but you will surely become a majnu of this Tibetian Market. Spare lots of time and do try Hot Yak Cafe, Tee Dee and Ama Restaurant when you visit there.
Personal Recommendation– Thukpa, Chicken Sausages and fruit beer

Price for 2– Rs 250

Rated– 4/5

– Sanskriti Nagar, NIFT

Foodie Correspondent