The days are long gone when SDA Market was known merely to the residents of Safdarjung and Hauz Khas. It has successfully transformed itself into a place frequented by college and school students, office goers, etc. Footfall in the market has increased tremendously with the opening up of the famous Mumbai based patisserie cum bakery – Theobroma, over the last few months.
The easiest way to reach Safdarjung Development Area is to take the yellow line Metro and get off at the Hauz Khas station and take an auto thereon.
As the name suggests the restaurant is extremely famous for its Biryani and Beer. The last time I was in the market along with a group of friends, each of us managed to lay our hands on a FREE glass of Beer, thanks to an offer that was doing the rounds in the market. The restaurant offers North Indian cuisine and is easy on the pocket.
HIGHLIGHTS: Screens live matches, serves alcohol, air conditioned
CUISINE: North Indian
COST FOR TWO: INR 800
ADDRESS: Shop 2, Main Market, Opposite IIT Main Gate, SDA, New Delhi
Located in an extreme “nukkad” or corner of the market, you’ll spot a quaint, rustic themed cafe with fairy lights strung across the outdoors and dim lighting indoor. Nukkad Cafe is known for its quirky menu, serving grilled pizza sandwiches and chipotle chicken tikkas. With stand-up comedy on Wednesdays, soft music playing in the background, and a variety of dishes and drinks to choose from, Nukkad Cafe shouldn’t be missed out on.
HIGHLIGHTS: Open Air seating, wifi available, hookah available
CUISINE: Cafe, Chinese, North India, Italian
COST FOR TWO: INR 1200
ADDRESS: C-23-24, SDA, New Delhi
Head over to Azote, to introduce your taste buds to liquid Nitrogen. Azote is an ice cream parlor, run by two of the most incredibly trained pastry chefs – Sahil Mehandroo and Kartik Chadh, from Le Cordon Bleu. The ice cream parlor has been designed to replicate a science laboratory – where the staff don lab coats and the walls are embellished with test tubes.
HIGHLIGHTS: Home Delivery, desserts and bakery, free parking
CUISINE: Ice Cream, Desserts, Bakery
COST FOR TWO: INR 500
ADDRESS: C-11, Ground Floor, Community Centre, SDA, New Delhi
4. Theobroma – Food of the Gods
Theobroma, a patisserie, bakery, and chocolatier, originally from Mumbai made its way to New Delhi this year – with one outlet in SDA and another in Noida. Theobroma has grown from its beginnings at Colaba Causeway to a rapidly growing chain of patisseries. With a number of sweet and savory dishes to choose from, Theobroma should be on top of your list.
HIGHLIGHTS: Desserts, Bakes
CUISINE: Bakery, Cafe
COST FOR TWO: INR 600
ADDRESS: Shop 2, SDA Community Centre, Opposite IIT Delhi, SDA, New Delhi
IndoCheen is a tiny hole in the wall, blink your eyes and you might miss it! Sandwiched between Smoothie Factory and Spice Angan, IndoCheen offers you your typical Indian-Chinese cuisine – momos, soup, noodles, at pocket-friendly rates.
HIGHLIGHTS: Takeaway available
COST FOR TWO: INR 500
ADDRESS: C-21, SDA Market, SDA, New Delhi