Thursday, April 7, 2011

Best Dhabas in Delhi: Just down the road from Jantar Mantar

I'm a big believer in freedom of expression, which is why every so often, I find myself heading down to Jantar Mantar myself. After a few hours a peaceful protest, a justice loving person can really work up a good appetite. So I often find myself in search of a good dhaba. My favourite so far is the one pictured on the right, about two blocks from protest central. Just across the street is a sign for the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Smarak Trust Library.

There are actual several small establishments in this cluster of stand up eateries. Mostly you will be eating on eco-friendly, reusable steel plates, though you may get your tea in a plastic cup. Overall, the environmental impact of the meal you get here is bound to be lower than much more expensive sit down establishments that rely on energy intensive construction materials, AC cooling, and the like. 
Onion uttapam and sambar.

Be warned: especially if you go in for the South Indian joint on the right side of the row, you are going to have to contend with quite a crowd at peak eating times. Still, I've never seen the guy taking the orders make a mistake. Be patient--all those people are there because the food is good and the price is right: this place truly is cheap and best.  

A months back after a Free Binayak Sen Rally, we enjoyed an onion uttapam (Rs. 35); an order of idli (Rs. 20) and something else that I can't remember. But it was all tasty and good. So next time you are at a rally, why not stop by for some of Delhi's best and greenest food. You may be protesting, but your stomach and your pocketbook will have nothing to complain about.

For more green eats, go check out the Best Dhabas in Delhi on our Low Tech Green page.


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