For pocket-friendly, homely regional fare, state bhavans are the best bet. Extremely simplistic but super hearty, the meals here are true representatives of their respective state’s local food and hospitality. We’ve listed out some of our favourites for you.

Gujarat Bhawan

Be prepared for an experience of dining in a Gujarati home {which translates to “don’t go expecting a Rajdhani or Suruchi}. The Special Thali gives you unlimited portions of rice, Gujarati dal, kathod, two sabzis, chapatti/theplafarsaan of the day, khichri, dessert and chaas. The menu is not expansive, but for a simple wholesome meal served with love, Gujarat Bhawan has our vote.

Where: 11, Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri

Nearest Metro Station: Jor Bagh

Contact: 011 46273200

Price: INR 250 for two

Nagaland House

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Love pork? Make the trip! A tiny restaurant offering hardly any vegetarian options {rice, dal and plain boiled vegetables}, Nagaland House is frequented by locals for the pork ribs and their Smoked Pork with Bamboo Shoots. The unsung hero here, however, is their Dried Fish and Roast Tomato Chutney. Call in advance to ensure the restaurant is open, and pick up a paan before leaving.

Where: 29, Aurangzeb Road

Nearest Metro Station: Race Course

Contact: 011 23015638

Price: INR 350 for two

Karnataka Sangha

While the state guest house is not open to public, this association for promoting Karnataka Cultural Heritage houses one of our favourite Sunday breakfast joints. This quintessential south Indian restaurant serves the best sambar, and limitless bowls of it! Try the Tiffin Thali for a taste of all their goodies. Long queues over the weekends, but totally worth the wait!

Where: Sector 12, RK Puram, Rao Tula Ram Marg

Nearest Metro Station: Hauz Khas

Contact: 011 26187357

Price: INR 300 for two

Banga Bhawan

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The canteen is run by popular caterer, Bijoli Grill {you’ve probably come across their outlet at Dilli Haat}. The Kosha Mangsho and Luchi {mutton curry and maida puris} are as good as it gets. Typical fish delicacies such as pabda, ilish and chittal are also available in a variety of options. Vegetarians must try the Aloo Posto and Aloo Dum. Needless to say, a Bengali meal is incomplete without the mishti doi.

Where: 3, Hailey Road, Barakhamba Road

Nearest Metro Station: Barakhamba Road

Contact: +91 9811111030

Price: INR 650 for two

Kerala House

Brown rice, sambar, cabbage thoren, beans sabzi, papadpickle and delicious rasam and buttermilk make up the vegetarian thali here. Order the beef chilli or fried mackerel to amp it up. They serve Malabar parottas for dinner, and appams for breakfast. Extremely pocket-friendly, homely, coconut-infused goodness, with, of course, unlimited sambar.

Where: 3, Jantar Mantar Road

Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk

Contact: 011 30411411

Price: INR 150 for two

Andhra Bhawan

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Although they boast of some great non-vegetarian fare, we recommend ordering the vegetarian thali to get a taste of everything on offer. You can always order the prawn curry and the chicken fry separately for a meaty kick.

Where: 1, Ashoka Road, Feroze Shah Road, Connaught Place

Nearest Metro Station: Patel Chowk

Contact: 011 23382031

Price: INR 300 for two

Assam Bhawan/Jakoi

Run by the Paradise guys, Jakoi’s fare is priced slightly higher than the rest of the bhavans, but once you get a taste of their Duck Curry in Black Lentil Sauce, we’re pretty sure the bill won’t pinch too much. Opt for the Parampara Thali for a hearty meal {dessert included!}

Where:  1, Assam Bhavan, Sardar Patel Marg

Nearest Metro Station: Dhaula Kuan

Contact: 011 26877111

Price: INR 600 for two

Tamil Nadu House

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Apart from the regular dosa, idli and vada, Tamil Nadu House has some great finds, the Chicken Chettinad Biryani topping our list. They also have a bunch of Chinese dishes like chilli chicken, manchurian and fried rice. To sample a little of everything, opt for the south Indian thali {sambar, rasam, rice, Kara Kalambu, curd, chapatti etc}.

Where: Opposite Chanakya Theatre, Chanakyapuri

Nearest Metro Station: Jor Bagh

Contact: 011 24193470

Price: INR 600 for two

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