The idea of exploring a place and trying their food always fascinates me. Irrespective of where I’m travelling to I always make sure to try out the local food. I feel that’s the best way to understand the pulse of a place. So last weekend when I went on my first trip to Bhubaneswar, I wanted to try all the best restaurants in Bhubaneswar. However thanks to the lockdown, I couldn’t go everywhere. And the only place that I tried was Ram Mandir Tiffin Bhubaneswar.
Folks on Twitter were kind enough to suggest to me some amazing places to try local Odiya Cuisine in Bhubaneswar. Some of the names that came up included Ram Mandir Tiffin, Dalma Restaurant, ChappanBhog to name a few.
Ram Mandir Tiffin – The Best in Bhubaneswar
Of all the places that people suggested to me, the unanimous one was Ram Mandir Tiffin. It in fact is THE most popular breakfast place in Bhubaneswar. Ram Mandir Tiffin Bhubaneswar is located right outside the famous Ram Mandir off Janpath Road. It’s quite easily accessible by road. One of the things to do here would be to visit the Ram Mandir followed by a breakfast at Ram Mandir Tiffin.
It’s a small little shack (if I can say that) right outside the Ram Mandir. There’s no seating place there, so you need to stand and eat. Normally the place would allow you to eat, however, due to COVID, dining isn’t available. However, they’ve done a desi jugaad to enable that. There are a couple of pan shops nearby where you can buy a plate for Rs 5, walk up to Ram Mandir tiffin and order anything that you want. Take your plate, step aside and relish your meal.
Delicious Food at Ram Mandir Tiffin
Ram Mandir Tiffin is an all-vegetarian place and serves some of the best Odia foods one can get. It does have a limited offering nonetheless, they have all the well known Odia delicacies. On that day there was the famous Poori Dalma, Upma, Dahi Bara, Chenna Poda to name a few. (Well that’s all the things that I tried) They also have Paratha otherwise, but it wasn’t that day.
Poori Dalma was the first thing that I took. There was a plate where hot pooris were being put in along with a huge drum with hot Dalma in it. For Rs 30, you get two large-sized pooris along with a generous serving of Dalma. The Dalma had a lot of dal along with pumpkins and potatoes. It was rich but had very subtle flavours. That’s the best part about Odia food, not too much spice or oil.
The Dahi Bara was again for Rs 30 and had a watery yoghurt and a rather rich Bara. It had a great texture and was quite filling. Also, the yoghurt had a sweet/tangy taste to it. Unlike the famous Dahi Bara Aloo Dum, there was only Dahi Bara in this case. And it was quite a popular choice here. Other dishes like Upma too was a hot selling item at Ram Mandir Tiffns Bhubaneswar.
Chenna Poda, Boondi Ladoo were a few other dishes on the sweeter side that were available. They made some fresh Chenna Poda which was sold for Rs 250 for a kg. For those of you who don’t know, Chenna Poda can be considered as a desi cheesecake. It’s mildly sweet and has a nice soft feel to it. The slightly sour chenna with the mild sweetness is what I loved.
The only problem is that they just serve everything you ask on one plate at the same time. So I ordered a Dahi Bara and a piece of Chenna Poda just place on it. Terrible. I’m sure it’s because of the current situation that this happened.
Final Verdict: Ram Mandir Tiffin is a must visit
No wonder why Ram Mandir Tiffin Bhubaneswar was one of the top suggested places to me for breakfast. I loved the Poori Dalma. For Rs 30, one couldn’t ask for anything more. It’s a place where people from all walks of life come in for an affordable, delicious breakfast. The effects of the pandemic were clearly visible as there weren’t many people dining in plus the variety of items were also less compared to earlier.
My first trip to Bhubaneswar was amazing, curtailed by the pandemic and the curfew, I’m surely going back again. I hope that by the time I go there next, I’m sure things are back to normal. If you are visiting Bhubaneswar, don’t miss out on the breakfast at Ram Mandir Tiffin. Have it and let me know your thoughts? If you are from Bhubaneswar, what other places do you think I should try? Let me know in the comments below, tweet to me at @Atulmaharaj, DM me on Instagram or Get In Touch.