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Fingerlicious Gabro Dosa, Mochar Paturi or Apple Lassi for Gurgaon residents
Residing in Gurgaon, one of my all time complain is (no, it is not roads) that there are not much places to eat, as one would want. And I am not talking about the extra expensive bars and buffets halls in MG road but value for money food in and around the less fancy areas like Palam Vihar.

Roadside momos are a delight and the occasional tandoori chicken, malai tikka are equally good but then if one wants to catch up with an old friend over a sit-down lunch or dinner then they are lost. More so, if one is looking forward to have some regional food, then they are in for tough luck.

Ansal Plaza in Palam Vihar, is the best place to get some regional food at an affordable price. One doesn't find a lot of option but then some of them offer good quality food with family ambiance and value for money.

Tau's Cafe and Lassi Bar

'Tau's Cafe and Lassi Bar' is a beautifully lit place with wooden colourful chairs and brightly coloured cushion. The place is at the corner of the Plaza but everyone who wants food, which feels like home cooked, knows where to go. As soon as you enter Tau's, you get a relaxed atmosphere and for entertainment they make sure that the television is on at all times. While talking about the place, Sunil Chawla, owner, says, “We excel in traditional home style cooking. People come here for special paranthas and the Biryani. Agar apko gharwala rate aur gharwala khana khana hai to aapko yahan aana chahiye (If you want home cooked food at a reasonable price, you should come here).''

Tau's Cafe and Lassi Bar

He also added that they use fresh vegetables and ingredients and do not rely on frozen food. One can always visit the place for any meal of the day as along with Biryani, they also have 6 kinds of eggs, 11 kinds of rolls and 8 kinds of lassi. They also promise home delivery for a minimum order of Rs. 200.

Sonar Bangla

For all you bengali people, who have not seen mochar ghonto for god knows how many days, then 'Sonar Bangla' is the place one has to try. This place has been functional in Ansal Plaza for the last one year. The owner Menaxshi Das and her husband Sumit Das is passionate about food, who tried their hands in the restaurant business. With a sit down place, they also have a sweet shop, which is highly popular among people across all region. The sweets shop makes all bengali favourites such as gujiya, Noren Gurer Sondesh and rosogolla.

Sonar Bangla

Sumit Das, who has been an aircraft Engineer said, “76 per cent of our customers are non bengali and they just love our fishes. We prepare 7 kinds of fishes each day and among them Rohu, Bhetki, Pompret and Chingri are the favourites. Although Ilish are what bengalis swear by but then non bengalis do not prefer it as it has a lot of bones.” The menu, which has everything from Macher Chop to Mutton Kabirazi would truly take you back to Bengal. The restaurant offers 23 main course dishes and 9 starters.

The restaurant welcomes its guests with an oil painting of kash phool and as one enters into the place they are immediately drawn to a wall covered with Jamini Roy's paintings. They also cater for various occasions and delivery all over Gurgaon. Thus, the next time you have a craving for Pabda mach, you just need to call these guys!


The third and the final place in Ansal Plaza for regional food is 'Anna'. Going by the name, everyone would have guessed it to be a South Indian restaurant. Simple and elegant with straight backed chairs, the cosy place is well lit and offers you a number of South Indian favourite dishes such as Dosa, Idlis and Uttapams.

Started by Lalit Dhingra, the place has been running for the last two years and gets its fair amount of customers. When asked as to why choose South Indian cuisine, Dhingra said, “according to situations and circumstances, I opened this restuarant. I saw no other South Indian eatery and thought, this would be profitable.”

The three specialties of this restaurant are Flaxseed Idlis, Gurgaon Gabro Dosa and Schezwan Masala Dosa.

Anna Resturent

All the places experience a rush during the weekends. The business is equally good during the weekends as well. For people, who are yet to try any one of these places, take a break from Dominos and Pizza Hut and get some fingerlicious food from these regional places.

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