Diva goes Asian

Chef Ritu Dalmia’s Diva Spiced re­turns with a more nu­anced menu

India Today - - HOT LAUNCHES - By PRACHI BHUCHAR

There’s neat­ness in the menu that is re­flected in the dishes as well. The menu is com­pact; just two pages and di­vided into sec­tions that don’t en­ter­tain con­fu­sion. Diva Spiced is chef Ritu Dalmia’s foray into food that’s from re­gions other than Italy and smartly, while she strays from her com­fort zone, she keeps it sim­ple and ef­fec­tive. While the restau­rant was launched at the Me­herc­hand Mar­ket sev­eral years ago, they soon shut shop and have now re­turned in a new avatar. The re­sult is a se­lec­tion of Asian and some In­dia-in­spired small plates like the prawn ka­sundi (the mus­tard from Bengal), pulled duck bao, avo­cado and raw mango salad doused lib­er­ally in a sriracha dress­ing and the like. The dishes de­liver on a high note and there is noth­ing ex­tra­ne­ous on the plate. For mains, stay with the pork ribs that are an ob­vi­ous sig­na­ture and cooked to ex­act­ing stan­dards or be ad­ven­tur­ous and opt for the Cal­cutta (veg­e­tar­ian) malai curry (as­para­gus, lo­tus stem, pachadi) which is actually a sur­pris­ing tick, given the nos­tal­gia it evokes for Bengal with each bite. The ser­vice is tight and in true Ritu Dalmia-style there is a sense of home­li­ness to the place backed by in­cred­i­bly good jazz mu­sic and a fine bar menu. The over­all ex­pe­ri­ence leaves you feel­ing smug and con­tent; clearly a happy place to be in. Where: Diva Spiced, N Block Mar­ket, Greater Kailash Part 1 Reser­va­tions: 011 45020964 Meal for two: Rs 2,000 plus taxes (al­co­hol ex­tra)

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