Address: C13, SDA Market, Opposite IIT Delhi, SDA, New Delhi, India
Time: 11 AM to 12 Midnight
Meals for two: Rs. 1,500
Cuisines: Burger, American, Desserts, Sandwich, Salad, European
Facilities: Full Bar Available, All Day Breakfast, Kid Friendly, Free Wifi, Wifi, Table booking recommended, Serves Cocktails, Board Games, Brunch, Outdoor Seating, Smoking Area
Between Buns, SDA, New Delhi: Decor
Located right next to the IIT Gate, the entire SDA Market has, over time, metamorphosed into a college-goer’s hangout joint. Cheap and cheerful describes the offerings in the market as well as any term. There are coffee bars, pastry shops, intentionally casual restaurants with a dhaba feel and momo joints. All vie for the students’ attention. As concepts go, Between Buns is a refreshing change from the tried and tested formula and the food is surprisingly well put together and represents excellent value for money. To be honest, my heart did sink a wee bit when I walked in: there was space for a few more tables and nothing screams ‘dilettante’ louder than wasted space in a commercial property. On the other hand, the first floor more than makes up for it and there is nothing of the newbie in the superb menu. Also, the service is cheerful, informed and efficient. Any time spent here is delightful yet won’t break the bank.
Between Buns, SDA, New Delhi: Food
It is not called Between Buns for nothing. Besides a page of salads, many of the offerings are burgers. All meats, every permutation and combination that you can think of are available on offer here, including burgers with no bun. The bun in question is a brioche with sesame, poppy seed or made with beetroot.
Brioche does not fall apart when meat juices run, which is why canny professionals use it for burgers rather than regular buns. I ordered bacon mac-n-cheese burger (Rs. 399) without the bun and along came a witty take on mac-n-cheese with two rashers of crisp fried bacon atop it. The macaroni had formed a crust on the outside, while the inside was pleasantly chewy and the cheese was molten. The fries with my order were perfect, too: crisp on the outside, buttery inside. My companion’s butter rubbed tenderloin and jalapeno burger (Rs. 449) had mustard and provolone cheese: the quality of the meat was what elevated it. The pulled chicken sandwich (Rs. 249) was excellent for a sandwich lover. This one had no fuss. What it did have was excellent dark multi-grain bread that did not disintegrate with the mayonnaise in the filling, of which there was a generous amount, with anchovy caesar dressing, iceberg lettuce and finely chopped olives.
Between Buns, SDA, New Delhi: Plus & Minus
Go before they lower their standards or raise their prices.