As you know I rarely do food reviews myself, I usually leave that to my self proclaimed foodie brother or Style City contributors. There is no particular reason for that actually, like there is no reason for why I chose to review Mia Bella on my own, maybe it was the Italian name (I have a soft spot for Italian food, places, language and men) or maybe it was because it was situated in Hauz Khas Village, one of my few loves in Delhi, either way one fine Thusday evening I decided to give this quaint place a try. Even as I drove towards the restaurant I was having a hard time trying to contain my excitement for I have always had a great time at Hauz Khas village and from the pictures I had seen, I knew Mia Bella would be my kind of place, I am so glad I wasn’t disappointed one bit.
Firstly I don’t have the problem most ‘Delhites’ seem have with Hauz Khas becoming too commercial and pseudo, I don’t feel it has plus I feel no commercial place can remain your little haven forever, it is better to accept that and move on and enjoy the place in its new popular form, or well sit at home. Secondly, so far inside the village away from the hustle and bustle of the market which is where Mia Bella is situated, you can’t help but feel at peace, especially with the lovely view of the HKV monument if you are seated at the terrace. Thirdly, unlike the name suggests ‘Mia Bella’ actually does not serve only Italian food but has a wide variety from African to Lebanese which had me excited as I love trying out different cuisines.
The décor of the place reminded me of an old Portuguese villa, very well thought out and executed the colour pallate includes balmy hues of yellow, green and brown, all shades that make the place look warm and inviting. Besides that, enchanting curios such as vintage wall clock, mirrors and hand-painted cupids adorn the walls and if you sit on the terrace it actually looks like you have travelled away from the city and are sitting in your little holiday home. So from the moment you enter and take that first sip of the deliciously made cocktail, which is definitely not void of alcohol, you feel like you are on a well deserved vacation. Finally the food arrives and not enough can be said to do complete justice to the actual taste of the food, it is actually divine. Not one dish is a disappointment be it Spit Roasted shell prawns, the Peri Peri chicken or Chicken Dhoka each dish was better than the last and finally to be served with the perfect Lemon cupcake, made it an absolutely memorable experience. So despite what people may say about Hauz Khas or the millions of places that have opened there, this is one place I can definitely vouch for, but don’t take my word for it alone, go ahead and try it, I guarantee you will not be disappointed either!
Price: Meal for two Rs.2,000 minus alcohol
Address:50, 3rd & 4th Floor, Hauz Khas Village, Hauz Khas, New Delhi