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This is among the finest Indian restaurants in town, giving traditional as well as contemporary touch to Indian food, characterized by bright and trendy interiors, and has an excellent play of vibrant colours; also gives a fun take on Indian style street food and is popular for its refined versions of authentic dishes from different parts of the country. There is a bit of everything out here making it a satisfying destination for diners that enjoy a good hearty meal. An attractive feature is its show kitchen; here the guest can actually see his/her dish being prepared, and be entertained at the same time. Dishes that stand out include the Zafrani Murgh Badam Ka Shorba, a velvety chicken soup with delicious chicken dumplings topped with toasted almond flakes, and the Biryani aur Nihari ki Jugalbandi, an interesting take on both the dishes, braised lamb shanks simmered with a potli (bouquet garni) of spices and served along with an aromatic pilaf. A must visit as each dish on the menu is simply delectable.
‘Diya’, located at Leela Ambience, Ambience island, Gurgaon, is classy little place full of promises which it keeps. Brainchild of celebrity chef Kunal Kapoor, Diya is driven towards serving traditional Indian food in a modern avatar. Being a part of a five star hotel it has a reputation to uphold. Restaurant is sophisticated and decorated in a very tasteful way. You will feel overwhelmed by all the grandeur upon entering. Tables 30 and 31 are the best seats on the house as they give you unbarred view of the open kitchen and the lush landscape outside. The moment you are settled the courteous staff will bring you the menu and attend to your every wish. As it gets attention from a celebrity chef the food presentation is also kept in mind. Your plates resemble a work of art. Very distinguished in appearance Diya will present to you our homeland’s cuisine in an innovative way.
The menu is well thought of, combining common desi ingredients with western techniques. You can start tasting the progressive with chicken tikka terrine, phal ki chaat, desi fish n chips, murg shorba, palak aur khumani ki tikka, kozhi fry, vegetarian kebab platter, asparagus & coconut soup, chutney jheenga, karara kekda, paneer tikka shashlik, tandoori salmon tikka, galauti kebab, bharwan murg malai kebab, subz ki seekh, petit lamb seekh rolls and khasta subzi. Selection of pan Indian street food is also a must have. The mains menu is innovative by adapting textures, techniques and re-construction of classics and giving them a new face. Have guddu gosht korma, goan duck cafreal, Diya mutton curry, paneer kadhai, palak soya, meen Andhra curry, murgh mussallam, hyderabadi gosht biryani, baingan matar ka bharta, seafood malai curry, khumb matar malai, kadhai baby vegetables, Diya prawn masala, masala murgh and khatte meethe kofte.
Team up the delicious aromatic curries with flaky Indian breads like kulcha, ajwaini paratha, laccha paratha, ulta tawa paratha, missi roti, butter/garlic/plain naan. The house concoctions list tamarind margarita, jeeratini, frozen paan daiquiri, tulsi martini and paan shots. Some creative mocktails are also on the menu which you will love. For sweets they offer fabulous matka kulfi, gulab jamun and phirni. The live Indian classical music along with superb food transforms the evening for you. The staff is wonderful and provides flawless service. Within seventeen fifty bucks you can dine at this lovely restaurant without feeling any qualm.