For 16 years a little thela has dominated the food scene outside Delhi’s design capital. National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in south Delhi has hosted the most amazing south Indian street food for more than a decade. Anna Cafe is the best south Indian we have had on Delhi streets. Finding a street thela for south Indian is pretty rare. That’s why this one is going in our treasure pot. Check out Best South Indian Places In Delhi To Enjoy The Ultimate Family Brunch!
What is it
It’s a redi parked opposite NIFT. Masala dosa, idli, vada, everything is on the menu. Everything is made right in front of you just like home food. The sambar is always piping hot and served fresh with everything. Idlis are pretty large and extremely soft. They just melt in your mouth at first touch. The best part are the vadas. They’re crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Gourmet thoughts come to mind at this south Indian thela when we lay our eyes on these vadas. The coconut chutney is a small part of the experience but for North Indians, it’s an important part of any south Indian meal. His chutney is not watery which we love! It’s just the perfect density and completes every dish for us.
The stall is run by a man from Tamil Nadu bringing culture to the streets of Delhi. We love discoveries like these! The food is truly authentic in every way and taste is testament. The south Indian thela opens at 11.30 AM and by 1.30 PM, it’s all over. The crowds here never take a rest. It’s been like this for ever from what we’ve heard. This place is perfect for a hatke healthy breakfast. The vibe around this little thela is vibrant and infectious. It’s become a hub of college students not just from NIFT but also neighbouring colleges like DU’s Gargi and Kamla Nehru.
Pro tip: ask for recyclable plates! Anna only serves in recyclable plates if you ask for it. He cooks with a touch of home. It’s easy to maintain hygiene in south Indian food so eat to your heart’s delight in just ₹30. Just make sure to get there on time or you’ll end up at an empty show. Check out this rare south Indian thela for something new!
Where: Opposite NIFT, near Green Park Metro Station