Ten-Second Takeaway

Taking the place of the erstwhile Chez Nini, Diva Spiced is a saviour in a sparse and sleepy market, and packs in some of the best Asian food I’ve had in Delhi.

With minimal Asian décor influences {thank god!}, and a solid wine menu, Diva Spiced hits all the right notes with its pleasant staff, a manager I would hire if I ever opened a restaurant, and a very well balanced menu.

Must Eat

divaspiced2 Bookmark Diva Spiced for a Wine and Dim Sum MealAny dim sum from the small plates section. The Prawn and Kasundi and Root Vegetables Dim Sums are winners; the latter is sweet, tempered with a soy dip, and the Prawn and Kasundi makes for a good pairing.

While their mains are stellar as well- the Broiled Salmon in Miso Marinade is boss- I’d highly recommend the fixed Noodle Bowls. Light, flavourful and hot enough to clear out that sinus, this is comfort food just as I like it.

For dessert, I have the Crème Brulee whenever I go.

Must Drink

Please order the Two Vines Riesling- which is, unfortunately or fortunately, available by bottle only. It’s light and breezy, and went well with all the Asian food I ate. Their wines by glass are pretty average in my humble opinion, so a Bira/Hoegaarden will be my next go-to choice of poison.

What We Loved

Their staff is warm and courteous, and their manager and chef are happiest to answer any Asian-food related questions you might have. It’s usually not packed- which I like, because you get to have a mellow conversation without having to shout over the music or others’ voices.

What Didn’t Impress Us

To be honest, nothing. I like quiet places, that serve good food and good wine, and Diva Spiced checks all those boxes. It’s a bit of a ‘destination restaurant’ though- there really is nothing much to do in Meherchand, unless you want to shop or check out street art. But hey, you can walk to Lodhi Garden and aid your digestion a little.

What Is The Best Time To Visit?

I’d recommend Diva Spiced for a weekday dinner, or a lazy Sunday brunch. Chances are, you won’t bump into anyone you know- so put on those sweatpants and eat away.


Their portions are generous, so if you’re going big on the starters and small plates, you might want to split the mains. It’s not cheap, but by no means is it pricey, so don’t wait for a special occasion.

Where: 79 & 80, Meherchand Market, Lodhi Road

Nearest Metro Station: JLN Stadium

Contact: 011 49051837

Price: INR 2,500 {without alcohol}; INR 4,500 {with alcohol}

Timings: 11.30am – 11.30pm

Featured image courtesy: Zomato


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