By Editors

We hear the best things in life are free, but considering today’s economic situation, we’re taking the liberty of saying the best things in life are under 200 rupees. Trying to eat on a budget? Here are 15 places that’ll satiate both your appetite and monetary constraints.

PS: All price points refer to meals for one person.

Goli Vada Pav | For when the pouring rains remind you of a Bombay holiday, the only thing to do it justice really is vada pav. Goli Vada Pav has quickly increased its presence through Delhi & Gurgaon, with the classic and some fancy variants of this humble bread-and-potato beauty. You could try the Makai Palak Vada Pav, or the Schzewan one – although if you want to keep it simple, you can’t really go wrong with the Sabudana Vada, with fried green chilli et al.

Where: Multiple locations across Delhi & Gurgaon; Find a location here. 

Just For Chai | It’s the one decent plate of sev puri that you can bet on in this part of the world; although a few visits later, we understand the true pull is just-right Maggi, available through the day. Just above the section of the menu titled Chatar Patar {which we think should be an official word!} there’s a selection of Maggi preparations to choose from. Our favourite is the aptly titled Maa Ka Ladla, with fresh cut vegetables. So it’s quite healthy, right?

Where: Golf Course Road, Vipul Belmonte, Gurgaon

Contact: +91-98184 32215 or follow them on Facebook here.  

Khan Chacha | We’ll say at the start, we don’t want to ring the gong on the battle of the rolls. But sometimes, old is golden. We found ourselves returning for Khan Chacha’s Mutton Tikka Roomali Roll. Why mess with perfection?

Where: Khan Market, CP, Saket {Delhi} & Galleria {Gurgaon}

Contact: Follow them on Facebook here. 

Alwar Sweets | We know you will probably default to your tried and tested samosa guy, but in the event that he’s running from the rain, try Alwar Sweets at Vyapar Kendra for this and other fried-in-a-good-way snacky treats. They open shop only after 4pm, when they start a fresh batch of cooking for the day. So we’ll see you there at 4.07pm then?

Where: Vyapar Kendra, Gurgaon

Contact: +91-124-2385031/+91-124-4046034

Parantha Guy behind Park Plaza | We scratched our heads trying to work out what the official name of this place was, but we figured this parantha joint known by any other name would be just as sweet. Aloo, gobi, aloo gobi {if you’re living on the edge} are among the staples. With a dollop of Nutrilite butter and pachranga pickle, it’s anytime goodness.

Where: Just before Park Plaza hotel, if you’re heading towards Regency Park-I, Gurgaon

Evergreen Sweets | Evergreen Sweets got a hygiene makeover, so you can be sure of sanitary cooking conditions. Besides their exhaustive range of mithais, namkeens, cookies and chocolate, somewhere between the giant wedding packages’ display, they have a stellar vegetarian Indian, Chinese and Street Food menu. The Chinese will set you back a little over 200 rupees, but we can safely say its worth it. We recommend staying away from the street food, as ironic as this sounds; the sterilized conditions have taken away from the flavour we’ve all come to love.

Where: S 29 & 30, Main Market, Green Park

Contact: 011 26514646, 011 26856774

Ananda Bhavan | Another pure vegetarian restaurant down the road from Evergreen, they nail their gol gappas and deserve a special shout out for their pav bhaji. Also, since it is a South Indian joint, they retail traditional South Indian spices and masalas, because who doesn’t love to shop while they eat.

Where: S18, Green Park Main Market

Contact: 011 46082303, 01126532690

Speedy Chow | The crew behind Mamagoto gave us a present; a taste of their food in under 200 rupees. The oriental starters, soups and salads are all under the 200 price bracket, but if you have your eye on a non vegetarian variant, add another 150. We’re being pushy about ordering the Chowman’s Khow Suey.

Where: Kailash Colony, DLF Phase 4, Malviya Nagar, Vasant Vihar and Defence Colony

Contact: Click here to find a location and phone number.  

Gupta Dhaba | By every stretch or inflexible move of the imagination, this is a quintessential dhaba. The rajma chawal and paneer stuffed kulchas almost distract from the lack of air-conditioning. Almost. Ask for seating indoors. Picking up a snack? Ain’t nothing like their butter toast.

Where: Next to Videocon Tower, Jhandewalan

Contact: 011 66584350

Hawkers | Closest we come to the food truck concept, Hawkers has our vote for the best Indian Chinese food in the city. The momos {especially the sauce} and the chilly garlic noodles have more oil than the Middle East, but hit the spot every time. What works is the ability to place this order from the luxury of your car, but we suggest eating it elsewhere; the smell will knock your co-passengers out.

Where: B1, C2 and D1 Vasant Kunj

Contact: 011 33036253

Al Bake | A hole in the wall in the middle of New Friends Colony, we advise you stick to their Shawarmas; probably one of the best in the city.

Where: 21 to 23 Community Centre, New Friends Colony

Contact: 01132972881, 01141672588

Kent’s Fast Food | Shakes, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, fries and ice-cream sundaes, no one organically evokes #throwback quite like Kent’s Fast Food. A ham and cheese sandwich accompanied by a cold coffee for the win!

Where: 29, Defence Colony Market

Contact: 01124333443

Rajinder Da Dhaba | They use the word dhaba for posterity, because it looks nothing like one. Their galoutis, tawa mutton and mutton curry will give you something to write home about and if you live here, then just put it on Facebook. Fair warning: it’s always crowded, so you might have to come to terms with not scoring a table, but there’s always home delivery.

Where: AB 14 Safdarjung Enclave Market

Contact: 011 26100355, 011 41653145

MI Food Center | You’ve probably seen it on one of your many Meherchand Market exploits; they’re the ones with all the Skewers at the entrance. MI serves up a mix of Indian and Chinese fare, but we suggest sticking with the Indian. There’s limited outdoor seating and no delivery; bookmark them for massive takeaway orders.

Where: 43 Meherchand Market, Lodhi Colony

Contact: 01133036697

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