A budget meal doesn’t have to mean coffee shop grub or chhola bhatura from the local chaat haunt. From the hundreds of affordable restaurants in the city, we picked 10 that are worth every cent, and had more than the usual to offer.


We know there’s no dearth of South Indian joints in the city but it’s only once in a while that you find one spiced to perfection, crisp on the outside with a masala filling. Naivedyam’s on our list for this very reason. Try the South Indian Thali, the Mysore Rava Masala Dosa and the Appam Kurma.

Where: For a complete list of store locations, click here. 

Price: INR 600 for two {approx.}

Timings: 11am – 11pm


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Bernardo’s is one of the few places in the city that offers Goan cuisine. Order a duo of fresh mackerel enveloped in the classic rechaedo masalafollow it up with Roast Pork and a side of rice or pav, and finish with a slice of Bebinca, all under a grand! If you’d prefer fish, then skip the roast for the house special Caril de Camarao, Goan Fish Curry, and walk away with a full belly, and a wallet that’s only slightly lighter than before.

Where: A-237, Supermart 1, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: Huda City Centre

Contact: 0124 6518323, +91 9811571379

Price: INR 1,000 for two {approx.}

Timings: 12pm – 11pm

Rajinder Da Dhaba

No longer just a takeaway joint, Rajinder da Dhaba is now a bona fide sit-down eatery, and thank god for that. We say you go park yourself for what is likely to be a meal to remember, as long as you include their staples: Full Indian-style fried chicken, the Chicken Tangri Fry and a side of Egg Pakoras. Skip the rolls and go straight for the Galouti Kebabs.

Where: AB-14, Safdarjung Enclave Market, Safdarjung

Nearest Metro Station: Green Park

Contact: 011 26100355, 011 41653145

Price: INR 800 for two {approx.}

Timings: 4.30pm – 12am

Café Hachi Ba

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Enter a long dining hall with posters of martial arts films, and don’t miss the music – classic rock, thank you! Start with the Drunken Spare Ribs and move on to the Roast Pork Chilly Dry and a side of noodles, or the hugely confusing {sounding} but supremely satisfying Garlic Butter Chicken, and a side of fried rice for the main course.

Where: 26, Saraswati Kunj, Opposite Alchemist Hospital, Sector 54, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: Sikandarpur

Contact: +91 9818318064

Price: INR 900 for two {approx.}

Timings: 12.30pm – 11pm

Al Kauser

Al Kauser is meant for a staple meal of Afghani Chicken, Kakori Rolls and Phirnee to satiate the soul. If you prefer to enjoy a sit-down feast, then you could opt for the Lucknawi Dum Handi Biryani; spicy and rich, the mutton cuts are fine and cooked perfectly.

Where: Vasant Place Market, Near Malai Temple, Sector 6, RK Puram {also located at Punjabi Bagh, DLF Phase 3, Kautilya Marg and Rajinder Nagar}

Nearest Metro Station: AIIMS/Dhaula Kuan

Contact: 011 26104101, 011 26180384

Price: INR 850 for two

Timings: 12pm – 4pm; 7pm – 11pm

The Potbelly Rooftop Café

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Potbelly is a melange of summery colours, laid-back seating and surprisingly good air conditioning, so that’s half the joy of a meal taken care of. Start with a Meat Pakora Basket or the Pothai Machhli Fry if you’re up for the heat; add a side of puris; no better way to wolf down pakoras. Main course has got to be the Litti Chicken or the Maithili Thali {veggie}. Bring down the burn with a couple of glasses of their Apple Iced Tea, and don’t forget to try their delish Pineapple Upside Down cake.

Where: 116-C, 4th Floor, Shahpur Jat; Plot 15, Bihar Niwas, Behind Yashwant Place, Chanakyapuri

Nearest Metro Station: Hauz Khas; Jor Bagh

Contact: 011 41612048 {Shahpur Jat}; +91 9911865052 {Chanakya Puri}

Price: INR 1,000 for two

Timings: 12.30pm – 11pm

The Delhi Canteen

The Delhi Canteen is the modern take on our college canteens, infused with more tadka, better hygiene and a classier ambience. Try the Hitler ka Biryani {sausage biryani}, the Nacho Nacho {nachos served with a mint chutney and spices}, the Meaty Affaire pizza and the Butter Chicken pasta.

Where: 30, Corner Market, Malviya Nagar

Nearest Metro Station: Malviya Nagar

Contact: 011 41091100, +91 9818009760

Price: INR 1,000 for two {approx.}

Timings: 11am – 12am


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Our favourite dish at Mahabelly is the Konju Pollichathu {prawns marinated in spices, wrapped in a banana leaf and steamed to finish}. Spice lovers should try the Shaapu Meen Curry {a seasoned fish curry, infused with Malabari spices, curry leaves, and tamarind flavours}. Paired with the Keralite staple Kappa, it’s a winner of a dish. If you have space for dessert, try the Sweet Coconut Dosa served with banana jam and ice cream.

Where: MA A-05, Restaurant Block, DLF Place Mall, Saket

Nearest Metro Station: Malviya Nagar

Contact: +91 9911462757

Price: INR 900 for two {approx.}

Timings: 11am – 11pm


This 250-feet long train of a restaurant has a menu full of street food from across the country. Every meal at Imly begins with a round of puchkas and there’s a lot to choose from: Parathas from Murthal, Parsi Berry Pulao, Tandoori Momos, lots of chaat and Chnjabi fare but if we were to pick, we’d go for the cheesy Jini Dosa, Chinese Bhel and Cholle Bhature.

WhereF 20 Hog Market, Rajinder Place {diagonally opposite the exit gate of BLK Hospital}

Nearest Metro Station: Rajendra Palace

Contact+91 9311520737

Price: INR 450 for two {approx.}

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When at Kathputli, start on a spicy note with the Pudinaa Paani, Daal Vada and Mirchi Pakoda. For main course, you can either go the traditional Rajasthani way with the dal, baati and churma or indulge in some Gatta curry, Rajasthani Khichdi and a choice of vegetables, along with basic accompaniments like salad and papad. End with the Srikhand or Moong Dal Halwa.

Where: 35, Defence Colony Market

Nearest Metro Station: Lajpat Nagar

Contact: +91 9911729955

Price: INR 900 for two

Timings: 12.30pm – 4pm; 7.30pm – 11.30pm

Bong Appetit

Bong Appetit serves up some delectable Bengali fare such as Kosha Mangsho, Ilish Biryani and of course, lucchi. Wash this down this with their Paramount Style Tender Coconut drink or the Aam Pora. So much spice calls for a bite of sweet; enter the Baked Mishti Doi.

WhereC-8,Qutab Institutional Area

Nearest Metro StationHauz Khas

Contact011 33105364

Price: INR 900 for two {approx.}

Timings: 12pm – 11pm

Feature Image Courtesy: Bong Appétit