Are you a bibliophile who equally loves to gorge on a plateful of dim sums on the side? Spending a lazy weekend with an interesting book and good food happens to be an ideal weekend plan for many. And if you are also one of those who are always looking out for pretty book cafes to satiate the foodie bookworm in you, we've got the best for you. Nestled right along the lane to Champa Gali, Saket, The Nerdy Indian Café is a quaint, cosy café that is hard to miss and can lure you with its wall-sized bookshelf that is inviting enough through its glass walls. And once you are in, you are probably never leaving. With that huge bookshelf packed with everything from Charles Dickens to Jeffrey Archer to Nora Roberts and a vast menu to choose your favourite dish to go along, this cutesy café can easily be your go-to place to relax over the weekend.
But wait, there's more on the plate! Perhaps the first of its kind, The Nerdy Indian Cafe has an exciting concept that gives away books on every order you make. Yes, you heard that right! On a minimum bill of INR 500 you get a book, on a bill of INR 1000 you get two and so on. Amazing, right? All you have to do is choose from an array of lip-smacking food items such as tandoori chicken popcorn, butter chicken momos, range of scrumptious wheat pastas and hand-tossed pizzas along with heart-quenching beverages.
From desi vada pav with tantalising dips to mega sandwiches and burgers, the quantity of everything can satiate your hunger for the day. They have tangy buntas and thick shakes to go along with the mouth-watering dishes. You can end your meal on a sweet and nutty note with the mango kheer but they have interesting options of tiramisu and hazelnut chocolate paratha as well! And as you end your meal, you can go pick your book while the bill arrives; the price range ensures that everyone takes away one book at least or even if you don't you can always pick your favourite one and sit at this vibrant place for as long as you wish.
Brainchild of Ayush Chaudhary and Vishal Kochchar, The Nerdy Indian Cafe has gained a lot of popularity in just a month of its opening solely on the basis of its concept. They have people calling in to organize book meets, donate books from around the country. About 1000+ pre-owned books are there for you to choose from, out of which many have been donated by writers across cities.
With chic green chairs, teal crockery, wooden tables and a wall shelf of books, The Nerdy Indian Cafe has got a relaxed vibe combined with some great food to binge on that shouldn't be missed when in Delhi.
Where: The Nerdy Indian Cafe, 634, Lane 3, Westend Marg, Saidulajab, Saket, New Delhi
When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Cost for two: INR 900 for two
About Aanchal MathurAanchal doesn't share food. A cake in her vicinity is sure to disappear in a record time of 10 seconds. Besides loading up on sugar, she loves bingeing on FRIENDS with a plate of momos. Most likely to find her soulmate on a food app.