Review: Mia Bella, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi

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.

Mia Bella, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

Mia Bella, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

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.

Mia Bella, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

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
Tel:011-26566220

Review: Piccoli Tortini, Mumbai

This week Writer and Blogger Sohini Datta went to check out Piccoli Tortini in Bandra, a luxurious Italian Pasticceria serving tortinis, cupcakes, pastries, desserts, paninis, Italian breads, salads, pastas and a high end, indulgent afternoon tea. They also do a typical Italian meal, well her opinion, read ahead to find out.

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Italian food is as common as burgers in India. Everyone has it and everyone thinks they are a connoisseur of it. Therefore, reviewing Piccoli Tortini in Bandra is ten times more difficult…or so I thought. The patisserie is really small in area size and the cynic in me had her nose upturned till it reached the heavens. In my head, Italian restaurant that boasts of gluten-free, organic food must be sprawling.I will speak about the food more than the décor. The décor is nice…but then I belong to the minimalist generation, ornate is just not my style.With a lot of glass and baroque details, the space was distinctly old school Italian. And while we all agree the ambience goes hand in hand with the quality of food, sometimes one tends to overpower the other. This time, the food took home the gold.

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While I am clearly not a salad or health-food person and believe raw food must not be eaten, the chickpea couscous salad in olive oil being refreshingly light, won my heart. Next up was the orange ice tea, which by the way for some reason is still undiscovered. Think citrus tea….how wrong can it get? Not much. How right can it get? Home run style! I could have had four of those, but I try not to act like a glutton in public.  This was followed by Chicken Ciabatta –slices of chicken mortadella with green olive paste. This was fabulous so not so much my favorite because too much bread during dinner always spoils the appetite. It is the beautiful creamy mushroom sauce fettuccini with roasted shrimps that took us on a direct flight to Italy. Creamy pasta is always almost made wrong, either too heavy or too floury or cheesy. However, Piccoli, use their own home-made gluten free wheat pasta and their sauce was perfectly balanced, leaving no taste bud alone. The mouth was an explosion of flavors…and I might just start drooling again if I keep speaking about it. Most importantly, it was light enough to digest super soon which seldom happens with Italian. Finally, we ended the dinner with what can only be described as a cupcake platter. Vanilla, chocolate and spiced pumpkin cupcakes…I had two of the spiced pumpkin ones because …they deserved to be loved.

Piccoli Tortini, www.stylecity.in

More love was shown to a slice of dense cheesecake (you can choose the topping you like from blueberry, raspberry and some more) and I contemplated buying all of the desserts off the shelves, but decided against.The verdict is that go to the restaurant with a lot of built-up hunger and enough space in your camera for innumerable Instagram photos. Because the food is so good that it can bring out the glutton from the most elegant and cynical of connoisseurs.

Address:Shams Palace, 98 Hill Road,near St Andrews Church, Bandra, Mumbai
Contact Nos:02269996000/993075741