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.

DIVA Spiced_Ground_floor

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.

DIVA Spiced_1stFloor

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)

New Launch: Depot29, New Delhi

Till a few months back, Safdarjung Market was a regular colony market with a few regular shops, one Costa Coffee and one restaurant that has been there for eons. Today it has changed thanks to new entrants in the market like Depot 29, the brain child of Vikas Narula and Girjashanker Vohra in partnership with chef Ritu Dalmia (of Diva fame)

Depot29, www.stylecity.in

Depot29, www.stylecity.in

Depot29

Walking through the Elevator doors, it feel like you have walked into a New York city Loft, complete with Graffiti on the walls, Simple wooden furniture, reading lamps and exposed ceiling. DEPOT29 is an acoustically treated venue for artists, musicians and performers. The sonic quality has been kept live with a perfect balance across the complete frequency spectrum while the stage can comfortably accommodate troupes of 4. As a concept, DEPOT29 strives to encourage collaborations between artists from different genres and forms, to create a blend not seen before and combine it with great food by Chef Ritu Dalmia. Keeping to the theme of the place every dish in fact is a twist on a classic. I loved the serving of the guacamoles in little ‘chai’ glasses with espresso spoons, and I loved the combination of the Mango and Basil Guacamoles. For a great acoustic and food experience with a twist you should try out the new Depot 29

Address: Levels 2 & 3, B 6/2, Commercial Complex (Opp. Deer Park),
Safdurjung Enclave
Phone:011-49540029