Delhites love sweets. And in line with the true tradition, the top sweet shops are located in Old Delhi or Delhi – 6 as it has been made famous. Out of the rest of the places which are scattered all across Delhi, one place stands out for its simplicity and taste. Standard Burfee of Karol Bagh, New Delhi.
Location of Standard Burfee
Standard Burfee is located in the shopping area of Karol Bagh. It is in the same lane and in the vicinity of another popular restaurant, Roshan Di Kulfi. The best option to reach there is first reaching Karol Bagh either by the metro or by a bus and then catching an auto rickshaw. The streets are extremely crowded, but there is a window of opportunity between nine to ten in the night when the shops are shutting down, but restaurants like Standard Burfee is still open. This place is correctly marked on Google Maps.
But again, night time is simply not the best time to visit this place. Places like Standard Burfee still run on some old timer type principles. This means food is prepared fresh in the morning, thats the best time to catch service and then it peaks during the afternoon meal time and evening time when the bulk of the shoppers hit the place and then suddenly closes down. All this despite their popularity or celebrity status which they enjoy.
About Standard Burfee
Standard Burfee was envisaged and born in the era when personalized food was the order of the day. Back then one could not imagine food to be anything else except taste and richness. Roshan Burfee stood for awesome food and strict quality control. With the recent onslaught of fast food in shiny malls, this place has a sort of crisis identity, but it is holding on pretty good. It recently had a facelift which has improved its ambiance, but dont expect too much.
Standard Burfee is a basic sweet shop. There is limited seating. A huge counter displaying sweets dominates the entrance. There is another counter which prepares and serves chat items. It is a self service kind of setup once you pay for the meal.
Again, do not expect the shiny eye candy display as you commonly see all across New Delhi these days.
About the food
This place is popular for chole bhature for breakfast. Other snacks like samosa or kachori is also good. Chat items like tikki and aloo chat are outstanding. Do not miss the Kesar Pista Badam Milk which is the signature item of this place.
Seasonal items like Gajar Halwa is very popular of this place. Another popular item on the menu in winters is the pinni. They prepare Desi Ghee sweets really well. But do not forget the taste the awesome burfees. The most popular one is the Pista burfee.
Sweet shops like Standard Burfee are fast losing their clientele due to the fast food in a mall culture. But a loyal customer base will take this place on for years to come.