Aditya posted on 15th April

A Glutton's Guide To Eating Your Way Through SDA Market

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

Chi Kitchen and Bar

The 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}

Smoothie Factory

Smoothie 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

IndoCheen

A 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}

 

Fast Food Restaurants

Spice Aangan

Alongside 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}

Rainbow’s Bakery

This 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

City Socialite

A 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

Burger Singh

Head 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

#nofilter

We 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

Cafes & Coffee Shops

Barista

The 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

Cafes & Coffee Shops

Costa Coffee

We 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

Cafes & Coffee Shops

Chaayos

Ever 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

Cafes & Coffee Shops

Beer Café

It’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

Pizza Square

A 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

Urban Dhaba

The 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

Fast Food Restaurants

Azote

Azote 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

Dessert Parlours

Subway

Yes, 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

Fast Food Restaurants

Fat Lulus

Fat 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}