We remember a time when SDA market was just known just for its impressive theka, and maybe a kebab roll or two. Much has changed over the years, and the market has evolved just as readily as its patrons. Get coffees, kebabs, biryanis, Asian and more, all in this one tiny yet popular market complex.

Beeryani

Legitimately one of our favourite hangouts, and not just in SDA, Beeryani serves up cheap beer towers, delicious snacks and, of course, some awesome biryani. The perfect post-work meeting place, expect to see many office goers and college students milling around waiting for a table. If you can, we suggest you call and book a table.

The food here is heavy, tasty and filled with spice {so be careful}. The starters include a plethora of kebabs, tikkas and fried goods, with a variety of curries and eight types of biryanis to choose from.

LBB’s Favourite: Fattehdar Bhatti Da Murg {very spicy}, Dum Gosht Biryani, Bakr Burra

Timings: Noon – 1am

Price: INR 700 for two {approx.}

Contact: +91 9999243021

Chi Kitchen and Bar

ChiThe pan-Asian restaurant has been around longer than you would think. We remember going there when there were only coffee shops and thekas in the SDA market {there’s even one in Janpath}. While the overall quality has dipped over the years, they are still a solid option for Asian food in the area. They are known for their ramen noodle soups, dim sums, and seafood.

LBB’s Favourite: Cheating Chilli Prawns, Ho Chi Minh Chicken Satay, Xiaolongbao {soupy pork dumpling}

Timings: Noon – 11.30pm

Price: INR 1,200 for two {approx.}

Contact: 011 33105179

Smoothie Factory

smoothiefactorySmoothie specialists and health food café Smoothie Factory brings a different, fresh twist to proceedings at SDA market. With people gorging on heavy food left, right and centre, their light fare is a welcome addition to the market’s menu. Think tasty smoothies, fresh juices, crunchy flatbreads, healthy sandwiches and salads, with even a fro-yo section in the mix. A great place to visit post-workout.

LBB’s Favourite: Farmhouse Flatbread, Factory Original Smoothie, Peri Peri Sandwich

Timings: 8.30am – 11.30pm

Price: INR 600 for two {approx.}

Contact: +91 8447448464, +91 8447448467

IndoCheen

IndoCheenA hole-in-the-wall wedged between Spice Aangan and Smoothie Factory, IndoCheen is your typical chindian cuisine. The menu consists of your standard fare; momo, soups, noodle dishes, dry and wet mains, and bowl meals.

LBB’s Favourite: Chilli Garlic Noodles, Honey Chilli Toss Momo, Sichuan Main Course {paneer or chicken}

Timings: 11.45am – 10.45pm

Price: INR 500 for two {approx.}

Contact: +91 9899745487, +91 9899745439

Spice Aangan

spiceaanganAlongside Beeryani, Spice Aangan is our favourite place to grab a bite in SDA. They serve up a bunch of items, including a decent plate of biryani, kebabs and tikkas, mutton dishes as well as a few curries. However, nothing beats the Chicken Shawarma here. Known for these little drops of heaven, Spice Aangan attracts a loyal following of students, locals and foodies alike.

LBB’s Favourite: Chicken Shawarma Box {you don’t need anything else}

Timings: 11am – 11pm

Price: INR 450 for two {approx.}

Contact: 011 33105384

Rainbow’s Bakery

rainbowsThis popular bakery chain has a small outlet in SDA. Expect puffs, patties, cakes, pastries, cookies and breads. While they do have a food menu, comprising burgers, sandwiches etc, they function primarily as a bakery.

LBB’s Favourite: Rainbow Pastry

Timings: 10am – 10.30pm

Price: INR 400 for two {approx.}

Contact: 011 33106451

City Socialite

citysocialiteA cute little café right beside Rainbow’s, City Socialite has great breakfast options. Their all-day breakfast menu includes some imaginative omelette combos, and the mains include pastas, burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, and desserts. A cheap, convenient spot for a Sunday afternoon hangover.

LBB’s Favourite: Pizza Omelette, Cajun Grilled Fish, Chicken a la King

Timings: 11am – 11pm

Price: INR 600 for two {approx.}

Contact: 011 41416841

Burger Singh

burgersinghHead to Burger Singh for desi burgers on a budget. The menu has a bunch of Indianised burgers, like the United States of Punjab burger or the Bihari Gosht Burger. Their spicy fries are pretty good, too, and we personally recommend their BBQ wings.

LBB’s Favourite: United States of Punjab Burger, Hot Shock Fries

Timings: Noon – 11pm

Price: INR 600 for two {approx.}

Contact: +91 8767121212

#nofilter

nofilterWe prefer going to #nofilter to meet up with friends for a drink on the weekends, but they also serve up some decent food. You can get breakfast till 7pm, a few soups and salads, and a host of great bar snacks. They also have pizzas, pastas and a selection of fusion dishes {rolls, wraps, burgers}.

LBB’s Favourite: Laal Maas with Warqi Paratha, Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders

Timings: 11am – 12am

Price: INR 1,000 for two {approx.}

Contact: +91 9971115198, +91 9971115194

Barista

BaristaThe coffee shop has a large space at the SDA market, and a few outdoor tables overlooking the tiny square right off the IIT flyover. They have some strong coffees, and the outlet serves as a good meet-up spot before an evening out. Get wraps, cakes, muffins, sandwiches and more.

LBB’s Favourite: Hot Chocolate, Wicked Brownie

Timings: 8am – 11pm

Price: INR 650 for two {approx.}

Contact: 011 41314133

Mr. Sub

MrSubThe new sandwich kid on the block, Mr. Sub has fast established itself as a staple for foodies thronging the market for a quick bite. With seven outlets in Delhi already, the chain has managed to rake up quite a following in recent times. Choose from their set subs, or even customise your own {breads, veggies, meats, sauces and all}. Either way, you’re likely to leave satisfied.

LBB’s Favourite: Assorted Sub, Club Sub, Italian Herb Chicken Sub

Timings: 10am – 11pm

Price: INR 600 for two {approx.}

Contact: 011 68888588

Costa Coffee

costacoffeeWe like this Costa Coffee outlet, owing to their courteous, friendly staff combined with a large outdoor seating area perfect for a lounging coffee and snack. Their cold coffees are always good for the summer months, and we’ve always enjoyed their paninis. However, the food that stands out on their menu has to be their desserts; primarily their cakes and muffins.

LBB’s Favourite: Chocolate Muffin

Timings: 8am – 11pm

Price: INR 500 for two {approx.}

Contact: 011 46544548

Chaayos

chaayosEver since it opened in SDA, Chaayos has been packed to the brim. The popular tea outlet always seems to be bursting at the seams, and has made quite a name for itself doing chai home deliveries. While the staff at our office has been guilty of extensively indulging in this service, we’ve found their snacks to be quite enjoyable, too. They’ve got some awesome wraps, sandwiches, breakfast snacks and more.

LBB’s Favourite: Keema Pav, Mutton Lazeez Wrap

Timings: 8am – 11pm

Price: INR 400 for two {approx.}

Contact: 011 33106255

Beer Café

beercafeIt’s all in the name, isn’t it? Head here for a large selection of beers {though, disappointingly, they never seem to stock-up on everything on the menu}, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself with the drunchies, craving a snack to go with your lager.

LBB’s Favourite: Calcutta Chilli Chicken, Vegetable Spring Rolls, Chilli Garlic Prawns, any of the nacho platters

Timings: 11am – 1am

Price: INR 600 for two {approx.}

Contact: 011 40634766

Pizza Square

pizzasquareA hole-in-the-wall pizza joint, Pizza Square has a bunch of piping hot pizzas on offer. Get servings for one, two and three people, as well as special pizzas, pastas, salads, hot dogs and calzones.

LBB’s Favourite: Flaming Chicken, Hot N Fire {vegetarian} pizzas

Timings: 11am – 1am

Price: INR 600 for two {approx.}

Contact: 011 33106391

Urban Dhaba

urbandhabaThe sit-down restaurant unit of Spice Aangan, Urban Dhaba has recently opened in the marketplace. We were supremely disappointed with the taste of the food at this outlet, even though it is pretty much the same as Spice Aangan. Their saving grace was the rice dishes—biryanis and fried rice.

LBB’s Favourite: Vegetarian Biryani

Timings: 11am – 11pm

Price: INR 600 for two {approx}

Contact: 011 41525500

Azote

azoteAzote is not your regular ice cream parlour. Their unique creativity and presentation alone make them worth a visit, and watching them create the ice cream from liquid Nitrogen is always a fun experience. You can also get your fix of cookies, brownies and cakes here.

LBB’s Favourite: Red Velvet {cake or jar}, Oreo Shake, all nitrogen ice creams

Timings: Noon – 11pm

Price: INR 500 for two {approx.}

Contact: +91 9971080405, +91 9971000000

Pat ‘N’ Harry

patharryNew kid on the block, Pat ‘N’ Harry was quite a disappointment. We’ve heard about their outlet in HKV and were curious enough to try this one. While we admit that we just paid them a visit for the first time, when they were still in the process of getting things up and running, we found their service to be slow at best and downright bad at worst, and the food was quite average, too. They have a few hoagies, tacos and fries, if you want to give it a shot.

LBB’s Favourite: Spicy Cheesy Fries

Timings: 11am – 12am

Price: INR 250 for two {approx.}

Contact: 011 33105793

Subway

subwayYes, the sandwich giant has an outlet in the market, too, and goes toe-to-toe with Mr. Sub for the customers. If you’re comfortable with eating from a more popular, bigger brand name, then why change anything? Subway still has a great selection of subs, and cheap Sub of the Day deals.

LBB’s Favourite: Italian BMT

Timings: 11am – 11pm

Price: INR 400 for two {approx.}

Contact: 011 26561122, 011 46232200

Fat Lulus

fatlulusFat Lulus serves up tasty, thin crust pizzas with some pretty good sides to go with them. While definitely a pricey pizza option, their toppings are worth it. They also have some pastas, salads, and appetisers like the tasty Bacon and Jalapeno Poppers, Spicy Buffalo Chicken Wings, and the Hudson Garlic Bread.

LBB’s Favourite: Fire in the Hole {vegetarian}, PMS, Greenwich, The Soho {all non-vegetarian}

Timings: Noon – 10.30pm

Price: INR 1,200 for two {approx.}

Contact: 011 33105882

All images courtesy: Aditya Keswani