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The little sister of fine-dining Italian, Diva, this is Chef Ritu Dalmia’s cheaper, more casual multicuisine cafe. Packed out during the day with ladies who lunch, it is easier to get a table in the evenings when the atmosphere is marginally more formal. You will find such Diva favourites as the classic spaghetti with oregano and tomato (Rs 380) and a delicate burrata-filled ravioli. But there are also salads, sandwiches and Indian dishes. The decor is stolen from London’s Le Caprice and Dalmia tries to infuse the restaurant with a similar trendy vibe. Like Le Caprice, Cafe Diva excels at simple dishes: sausages with mash, fish and chips, and excellent pizzas. The Indian food is interesting but less successful.
Food and wine both are good. not cheap for a café though Good service. Will visit again when in town
We booked the restaurant through Wowtables. I am a regular Wowtables customer and had had a great experience at Diva Italian at GK2. However, this outlet was a complete disaster. We booked and confirmed the booking on phone as well. Once we reached, they first said that they have to idea about Wowtables. After about 10 minutes the manager came to us and said that they had stopped honouring Wowtables menus. After another 10 minutes the manager said, I am still willing to offer you our set menu (which was nowhere close from the menu they had uploaded on Wowtables). Now that we were celebrating my dad's 60th b'day, we didn't want to move to another restaurant and waste another 30 mins or so. Her attitude during the entire dinner was as if she was doing a favour to us by letting us eat in the restaurant. I was shocked by such an attitude from an outlet of a legendary restaurant. Beware guys, go there to be insulted.
We were craving a quick pizza etc. and hit the spot. The food quality, flavors etc. are amazing. Kudos to the chef and the team for getting us our orders promptly. Will have to return.
This is usually my first stop as soon as I arrive in New Delhi. It is consistently excellent. Prices are not too abd. Service is warm and efficient. However, they have too many killed and dead animals on the menu. I wish Ritu would do something about that.
Ever since Ritu Dalmia opened her Diva in M-Block Market, I've been an avid fan of her style of Italian cuisine. Heck, I was even prompted to buy her book, and a very good one it is. When she opened another Diva above Ravi Bajaj's boutique, I followed faithfully. Ditto, when she move a few shops down the line to her latest destination in N-Block. I even enjoyed most of the meals there, other than cautioning the Maitre to advise not-so-neighbourly patrons at the next table to tone it down so that we could hear ourselves think, for God's sake! (A digression - why do so many Delhiites guffaw and talk at supersonic levels that defy explanation? Either they're tone deaf or wanting to make an impression of the noisiest kind...?) Anyhow,,, this visit on the 28th of December was a disaster. If Ploof at Meher Chand Market can serve a delicious fish 'n chips, I was confident that Diva could... how wrong I was... The batter was thick and pasty whilst the fish was revoltingly undercooked... not flaky and firm as I thought but mushy. I called the waiter over and uncovered the mess for his eyes. He nonchalantly takes it back to the kitchen , returns in a jiffy and loftily advises "The cook says its fine". I thought I said "Is that so? And if I do drop seriously ill from eating undercooked fish, will Ritu Dalmia visit me in hospital and pay for my bills...?" or something to that effect, for I was too astonished to bellow back like a true Delhiite... Apparently, my look of wonder/rage/disbelief was sufficient for him to scurry back to the Chef and return a few minutes later with a slightly smaller offering of fish. I had already shared a slice of chocolate mousse with my companion and all my protestations were to no avail as he insisted that I sample this and give him my "expert" opinion. I did the next best thing. The burnt offering was spreadeagled with the help of a fork and knife, and alas, this version was worse than the previous one.... more mush, more disappointment... I then gave my expert feedback succinctly. He was advised that Basa fish was the cheapest around and unbecoming of a fine restaurant. The fish should be flaky, not mushy (only the peas should). And so on and so forth... and advised that the entire staff should visit Ploof and find out why their offering was divine whilst this was pathetic etc. etc. They thanked me by billing me the entire amount, service tax, VAT ... the whole added enchilada of added costs... and sent me on my merry way into the cold and polluted. Delhi air. That was the least they could do and I paid without a murmur, the gentleman that I am. Please Ms. Dalmia... stick to your core proficiency of serving tasty Italian fare and desist from peasant offerings like what I was served. It's too fishy for my liking.
Little sister of Chef Ritu Dalmia’s Italian restaurant Diva, ‘Café Diva’ is a smaller but attention worthy restaurant meant for ladies seeking to grab a bite between shopping sprees. Inspired from London’s Le Caprice the restaurant is smart place to go if you want to impress friends with delicious food. Small but packs a punch Chef Dalmia has left no stones unturned to make it a success. The restaurant is designed in a casual elegant way to seem more warm and inviting. Dimly lit the restaurant makes a good choice for intimate conversations and romantic dates. The booth like sofas have ample space to lean back in and deposit all your shopping bags. Café Diva is located in GK-1, N block market, New Delhi which is a very popular place for youth to hang out. The neighbouring M block market is a trendy place so lot of crowd gets pulled into this wonderful restaurant.
Chef Dalmia has made sure of the quality of the food put out from the kitchen. The delicious casual eclectic menu covers European, Mediterranean and Indian region’s cuisines. The menu typical of Ritu Dalmia is short and sweet. The menu may not be long and lengthy but is cleverly compiled. For starters rice paper spring rolls, melty fried cheese, mezze platter, prawn wrapped in shredded pastry and root vegetable roesti are presented with flair. The soups and salads section offers Asian sesame chicken salad, harvest moon salad, roasted cauliflower soup, shaved Brussel sprout & pomegranate salad and Caesar’s salad. The mains are as good as the starters. Crispy fish, grilled john dory, rasAmlet, beef fillet, steak burger, grilled lamb chops and dahi mutton will make a meal memorable. Chef has also made sure to include her Italian hot sellers on the menu so take advantage of that.
Delicious crusty pizzas are also made here to extend the Italian experience. A flavourful sauce with great toppings will take your pizza to another level. Slices of fresh produce with cheese sandwiched between Italian bread is quick and hearty way to enjoy lunch. The panini bar will make you proud. If you hanker for sweet ending then ask the server for the dessert of the day. You will be pleasantly surprised. When seating ask for the window side table as it is the best table in the house. Slightly expensive Café Diva will make you come back again and again for excellent culinary delight.