Friday, 20 March 2015

Restaurant Review - Diya - A very fine dining experience indeed !


Described as a culinary mosaic of Indian flavors Diya at Leela Hotel Gurgaon showcases the formidable talents of Master Chef Kunal Kapur and Indian Master Chef Harjeet Kumar beautifully .This was my first visit to Diya, a warm and elegant restaurant and was a superb experience of endless sampling of some their new menu with old favorites.

Guava Panna was the ' welcome drink ' which came with a namak para that had Feta and Pineapple crumble ,delicious.Baingan ki Chakli with Green Apple and Garlic Yogurt and the most amazing Panko coated Dahi Kababs stood out beautifully as did Haleem Kababs , brilliant stuff which is also Kunal's signature dish.I wasn't too hot on the Galauti though .

Achari Gosht which Kunal had learnt from Master Chef Gulam Rasool was unique and fabulous - it had no mustard oil , no onions chilies yogurt or pickle and got its delicate flavors from just Panch Poren .Sea Bass cooked beautifully ( sous vide ) in a kasaundi sauce topped with a contrasting strawberry chutney is something I would head back for any day.

By now I was amazed that I still had place for a spectacular ( this was tops for me ) Lamb Bhojwari and some innovative desserts - Garam Masala Creme Brulee was very special as was Bapa Doi.

Our entire meal was superb - beautiful looking delicious food with great service . What was special was that while there was a lot of playing with flavors and ingredients , the dishes didn't loose their integrity (?) and the food was very light . This has been perhaps one of my best Indian dining experiences .

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  1. What great reviews! Thanks for the details of this popular restaurant. Well dear I am making plans to visit SF pretty soon. I already made a list of recommended San Francisco restaurants. If you also have any good restaurant in mind then please suggest!

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