A Saturday afternoon and an opportunity to sample an Indian six course meal curated by Chef Harjeet at the Diya, The Leela, Gurgaon. The thing with Indian food is that we all love the tried and tested dishes and then we complain that we never get anything different. The Chef along with the founders of the Delhi Gourmet Club – DGC, seem to have foreseen this issue and created this menu which is both comfortable but tweaked with certain details to give it an innovative edge.
The Leela at Gurgaon’s Ambience Mall is one of the few luxury properties in the city frequented by business travellers, compulsive shoppers (with its proximity to the shopping mall) and people who just want to have a quick Staycation over the weekend. An obvious choice for celebrating a special occasion, though I have been to Spectra (the multi-cuisine restaurant) and Zanotta (Italian), this was a first for me to the Indian restaurant Diya.
Done up in a fusion of modern and classical interiors, Diya has the correct blend of fine dining etiquettes with a dash of informality along the bar. I spotted a performance area adorned with Tablas and classical music instruments, presumably for dinner gatherings. The hanging glass lantern lights, the silky smooth table covers, the comfortably cushioned seating and the fresh flowers on the table set the mood for customized meal.
The food was simple, honest and very rich. A quality which is unmatchable, the Chef was glad to be part of The Gourmet Studio, as he felt it would give him a farther reach, with value for money prices. From the Dahi ke kebab to the Baingan Katli (a first one for me) … the appetizers started tantalizing the taste buds but the pleasure came with the Gilawat ke Kebab and the Murg Malai Kebab. A Daal ka Shorba and a Tamarind sorbet which informs you to change gears to the main course is something one should look forward to midway through the meal.
If I am having Indian it has to be non-vegetarian otherwise the meal is not complete. However, this time I was in for a surprise. What looked like a kofta and served to me in a rich masala, was the Bhune Pyaaz (onion) ki sabzi. A complete onion roasted and cooked in the spices, which blew me away. Lapped it up with a butter naan and this is a must try no matter how big a carnivore you are. Next to it on the plate was the Nalli Korma, a large lamb shank cooked up in Awadhi style with the meat ready to fall of the bones into the mouth. These two for me completed the main course along with some butter naan. But, being a guest, I did get to try the Tawa Murg with a thick gravy and the Malabar Seafood curry. The menu well balanced and a gravy dish with each of the meat, it is easier to choose depending on one’s choice of the meat.
DGC and Nearbuy have curated a wonderful Indian meal which is second in the series of The Gourmet Studio initiative by the club offering food lovers to relish extravagant fine-dining experiences at unbelievable prices. So when I was told that this 6-course meal is available to a diner for Rs. 1500/- (all inclusive) on the “nearbuy by Groupon” website by clicking here on the link, I was sure this would be crowded soon by the food lovers of Delhi NCR. Sadly, the deal is for a limited period, which means I would be hurrying back for more.