June 24, 2014
Café Deli Belly
By Somya Kukreti
Café Deli Belly, 196 S.N Market, is a relatively new addition to Sarojini Nagar market and is located on the first floor, fascinatingly above a vendor selling purses! It marks the entrance of a young wave of restaurants in the market that go beyond selling the usual golgappas and chaat.
Café Deli Belly seems like an oasis in the middle of a desert, especially in Delhi’s sweltering heat. It is located in the middle of the whole market and stands out with its luminous signboard and gives the shoppers a respite from the weather outside. The café’s interiors have tried to incorporate a youthful vibe with a touch of sophistication and this attempt does not go unnoticed. The ceiling lamps leave a nice tinge of light that illuminate the brick walls, and the effect is much more pronounced if you go in the evening.
During my visit, I ordered the Crispy Honey Chilli potatoes and a Chicken Franky Roll. The fries were a disappointment and were too sweet for our taste buds. The Chicken Franky Roll, on the other hand, was surprisingly light. It had loads of pieces of roasted chicken and the roll consisted of not just the usual bread roll, which was not at all oily, but also an omelette. The Franky Roll was served with green chutney and was enough to fill my ever-hungry tummy. The size of the roll really put me in an awkward position though. The roll, even after dividing into two halves, was too big to eat with my bare hands and I ended up using the fork and knife, which no one expects to use when thinking of rolls. For Rs.105, the roll is a meal worth your money and leaves you with clean hands!
Over all, the café is a reasonable place to eat where you don’t have to worry about hygiene or the price. The only thing I didn’t like about it was its use of melamine plates, which really took away from the vibe that its décor was trying to establish.
P.S. The menu has a wide variety of North-Indian and Chinese dishes to choose from. I am 50% sure that it serves amazing omelettes, though I have no proof or reason to justify this thought. Just call it a ‘gut’ feeling.