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This fine-dining modern Indian restaurant is the brainchild of celebrity chef, Kunal Kapoor. The food philosophy brings traditional Indian food to the plate in a modern style. Some dishes also give in to Western influences like the Baileys-flavoured chhenna pie with a dollop of mascarpone. But for the most part, especially the main courses, the food remains traditional, like the haleem, which is reminiscent of the one served during festive occasions. This blend of the old, coupled with the quirky perspective of a chef who is at his creative best, makes Diya a memorable dining experience.
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‘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.
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