Review: DIVA Spiced, New Delhi

DIVA is a chain of fine dining restaurants in India. A brainchild of Chef Ritu Dalmia, each restaurant is famous for its own unique style and menu. A new offing from the same team is Diva Spiced. Situated at Meherchand market, it has taken the space of the old Chez Nini, ‘DIVA Spiced’ is an all-day dinning café offering Modern Asian Cuisine. Reflecting Ritu’s signature style of fresh and wholesome ingredients, the café introduces a menu which is a culmination of flavours, spices and innovations from the South East Asian belt. As Staying true to her classic style, a definite splash of European technique and presentation is evident in the cuisine.

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DIVA Spiced is a 70 cover café spread with a ground and first floor seating. Keeping up with the DIVA legacy, Spiced has a warm and a cozy ambiance, but unlike other Asian cuisine venues it has its own take on decor.The interiors of the cafe have been designed by Anita Dalmia with a combination of vintage and contemporary style. The wallpaper is quite quirky with images of Asian women, Asian motifs and sightings while the chairs and furniture have an industrial appeal. Keeping Asian minimalism in mind the look is overall quite subtle with a play of bright colours. The style is very cafe like while the food is Ritu Dalmia’s take on Asian cuisine.

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Not for the weak-hearted or for people who do not like experimenting, the menu is a culmination of a lot of innovations, ranging from steamed crystal dumplings to grilled, fried and baked dishes. Some of signature dishes include tapas dishes like Panko Crusted Arancine filled with corn & chili jam, fried Zucchini flower stuffed with Tofu and Feta, Pork belly skewers with spicy yuzu Lemon dressing. For the mains there is a large variety like Goan Prawn Curry simmered in kokum and coconut served with ginger rice, stuffed baby eggplant in a whipped fennel sauce, Miso Marinade Salmon with soba noodles etc. For a sweet ending there are the regular DIVA desserts and a few special ones for Spiced such as a Spiced Mess- Lemon Grass Meringue with mascarpone cream and berry compote and the special black pepper infused chocolate fondant served with basil ice cream!

Address: 79-80, Meharchand Market (Ground & First Floor)
Contact no: 011 49051837
Meal for 2: Rs. 2200/- (without Alcohol)

Mumbai served on a Platter

The Imperial Culinary Club is an initiative by The Imperial hotel, New Delhi to share the finer nuances filled with secrets of what makes ‘The Imperial’ cuisine so sought after the world over. A unique and interactive platform to capture the culinary interest of cooking enthusiasts. Each session is full of exciting cuisines made either by the in-house chefs and The Imperial Senior Executive VP & GM- Vijay Wanchoo or a celebrity chef. This time embracing some of his favourite restaurants and eateries and presenting an array of delicious offerings, Michelin Chef Vikas Khanna seized the afternoon at The Imperial Culinary Club with a live cook out of vibrant dishes from Mumbai while launching his book as a tribute to the city of dreams called “Savour Mumbai”.

Michelin star chef Vikas Khanna and Mr. Vijay Wanchoo- Sr. Executive VP and GM The Imperial, www.stylecity.in

Mumbai is a unique juxtaposition of modern and traditional Indian experiences that is captured ecstatically in Vikas Khanna’s book which has an array of delicious food options: Maharastrian, Parsi, Gujarati, Konkani, street food and so much more. In this particular culinary session, Chef Vikas Khanna had even me a self-declared non-cook mesmerised. He is a great orator, reliving stories of his childhood while showcasing how to create some restaurant quality dishes in a simple manner in the comfort of our homes. The carefully selected gourmet options handpicked from distinct cuisines which find their popularity in Mumbai chosen for the live cook out included Kaju Kothambir Vadi from Maharashtra, Khubani Ka Shahi Tukda from Lucknow, Guava and cottage Cheese salad from Allahabad, Kacche kele ki Asharfi from Hyderabad and Chicken Cafreal from Goa.

kacche kele ki asharfi, www.stylecity.in Kaju Kothimbir vadi, www.stylecity.in

So if you are intrigued and cant wait to attend the next Culinary club, whether you are a foodie, a chef or simply for a different experience do try to get on board with the culinary club.
Attendance fee: Rs.2,000
Contact: Ms. Anupama Kumari
The Imperial: Tel: +91 11 23341234 Mob: 9811633395

Dream Home: Kid Rock’s House by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, Malibu CA

With clients such as Cher, Elton John and Ozzy to name a few, Martyn Lawrence- Bullard is a genius at creating masterpiece homes for world-famous musicians. Hidden completely from the street, this elegant three-level Malibu villa of Kid Rock is surrounded by palm trees and a lush plant filled courtyard. Kid Rock wanted to create a complete oasis, and Martin has taken inspiration from the tropics to create this warm, inviting space.
The main rooms are located in the ground floor which has stunning views of the green landscape. Here in the master bedroom is a grand four-poster bed with sumptuously draped white fabric hung high from the custom wood-paneled ceiling. This leads into a large living room adorned by stunning furniture chosen by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard. This room combines Sitar’s with electric guitars, with the focal point being a grand piano gifted to Kid Rock by Elton John. Moving into the kitchen and dining room, the stainless steel appliances elegantly contrast with the natural wood found on the ceiling, floors and cupboards.
Upstairs is a recording studio where Rock could have late night jam sessions, while downstairs Lawrence-Bullard has added a screening room, gym, game room and four guest rooms for visitors. This is a perfect example of transforming a rock stars passions and desires into a dream retreat.

The front door entrance view which is surrounded by lush green plants and is almost hidden deep with the depths of the area.

Entrance has an Antique Indonesian carving used as the door,while
the Vintage Bison head is from Texas. The Buddha head is from Tara
home, Venice,California and the Black and white honed marble tiles are
from Exquisite surfaces, LA.


Hallway to Master Bedroom Suite has an Antique English bench with
Suzani covering by Nathan Turner. Framed Kid Rock portrait by Martyn
Lawrence-Bullard. On the bench is a Vintage Afghan tribal pillow from
Kathryn Ireland and the vintage Antlers are from Alfie’s, London.Master bed is “Harbour Island” custom-made by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard draped in white muslin. The rug is Vintage Tribal Kilim from Uzbekistan while the bed cover and pillows are Antique French textiles. Lamps are Hollywood at Home and Cowhide goat fur pillow is from Harrods, London.

The master bathroom has French limestone and queen marble detail with inserted Indonesian detail. The bamboo shades are from Interior Specialty and the Faux Ivory tusks from Williams Sonoma Home.The Master closet are Antique carved Indian doors while the 19th century Syrian folding chair is from Horseman Antiques, London.

Living room Art is by William Claxton and Frames are custom-made by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard home. The bench is from Brenda Antin, LA while the sofas are from Shabby Chic, LA.

Pair of antique club chairs by Jean de Merry and 19th century Indian “Sitars” from Charles Jacobson. Coffee table is custom red-painted “Indochine” by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard Home. Sea Grass rug from Designer flooring and side table in an antique Indian table from Sotheby’s Auction, New York City. The Black Soap Stone Fireplace has Antique Indonesian architectural fragments from Opium imports, London.The Artwork above the fireplace is Elephant in Derol Museum. And it also showcases Kid Rock’s Guitar collection.


Dining Room Artwork is “Lais in Havana” by Michael Eastman. Wine table is French Antique from Dos Gallos, LA. Benches are custom-made by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard Home. Fireplace is Antique Indonesian architectural fragment. While the wash basin is Vintage red Chinese used for fruit from Mecox Gardens, LA.Kitchen cabinets are Poliform, Stools are French antiques “jeweler’s” stools, light fixtures are Urban Archeology and Storage jars are from Zodiac.