We have been wanting to try Diwa for a while, as I regularly shop in the adjoining store and always love the fragrance emanating from the restaurant. Because I cook a lot of Indian dishes (was taught by several Indian friends when we lived abroad), I am VERY fussy about my Indian food. Diwa did not disappoint. We arrived early without a reservation on a busy Friday, but were accommodated easily. There were a lot of people there, but we realised many were picking up their take-away. However, I would suggest making a reservation for Friday and Saturday evenings.
Our waitress was a sweetheart and very friendly. She brought us pappadum appetisers with mango chutney and a tamarind sauce. We ordered mango lassi (3.95) and a salt lassi (3.50); both were delicious.
Our meal included Murg Malal Tikka (12.95), cooked in the Tandoor oven so that it was moist and melted in our mouths. It came sputtering on a hot griddle with quick cooked vegetables: cabbage, peppers and onions. Perfectly spiced. Hmmmm. Delicious.
Also had one of the best Saag Paneer (10.95) dishes I have ever had. There were large chunks of paneer in amongst a lovely creamy, spinachy sauce delicately spiced.
We also enjoyed the Dahl Makhni (9.95) which went perfectly with the basmati rice (a very substantial portion [3.95] gently spiced with cumin seeds - the way I cook it). The dahl had a nice spice to it - not too spicy hot, but very flavourful.
The naan bread was warm and chewy, with lovely light dough (1.95). Perfect for sopping up the left-over dahl.
The food is freshly home made, so be prepared for a bit of a wait for your meal, but it's worth it! Also, it was very busy with take-away, so go when you have lots of time to just sit, chat, enjoy some samosas or pakoras beforehand, along with a lassi or Cheetah beer. Unfortunately, I had an evening engagement, so we had to rush a bit, but the waitresses were amazing getting our left-overs packed up and the bill to our table. We enjoyed dinner all over again tonight!
Next time we go, we'll stay for dessert, as I noticed they serve gulab jamon (milk dumplings with cardamom), kheer (a rice pudding also flavoured with cardamom) and mango or pistachio ice cream, ALL my favourites. Also, the adjoining shop sells sweets, which are delicious - I buy my Diwali treats there.
We will DEFINITELY be going back to Diwa Cuisine to try some of their other dishes.
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