We’ve heard much about Ditas , the famed resto-bar originating in Mehrauli, Delhi. So it was with much excitement that we headed over to their new outpost in Mumbai. Set amidst the modern environs of Lodha’s World Crest, the chic new restaurant hops between flavours to pay homage to of-the-moment trends, whilst also serving up old-school classics.
What’s the space like?
There’s a pared-back elegance to this marble-clad lounge, buttressed by brass elements and a burst of florals. A lengthy patio is dotted with wicker and cane chairs characteristic of a European cafe, whilst the bustle behind the stylish bar beckons you to sip on one (or more) of their theatrical tipples.
When is the best time to visit?
There’s a certain see-and-be-seen quality to Ditas that makes it as apt for ladies who lunch, as for an intimate date night or a a more raucous gathering with friends.
As for the menu?
The cafe-style menu caters across the board, dishing up everything from Asian favourites to European and Mediterranean classics .
A parade of small plates are substantive enough to constitute a meal in themselves. Highlights include burrata blanketed by chilli oil and and a cosy spinach and artichoke dip that all but melts on the palate. A Thai pomelo salad is artfully textured with the crunch of crispy lotus stem, its citrus spiced jaggery dressing delivering subtly-sweet shades of heat.
Of course, with such a vast menu – hits are bound to be marred by some misses. Less successful is the edamame and cream cheese gyoza, its rubbery texture sheathing a filling that’s neither here nor there in terms of any distinctive burst of flavours. From the mains, a Morel “Cacio e Pepe” is woefully lacking the sharp hit of parmesan and black pepper characteristic of this famed Roman dish. Instead, it comes across as more of a homely “white sauce” pasta.
Desserts are much more memorable. An ice cream-centric dish ironically titled “Drop It Like It’s Hot” will have you reaching for your camera to ‘gram the high octane moment you drop your dessert onto a plate. The sultry swoops of burnt caramel ice cream are then drizzled with a spiced Lotus Biscoff sauce for a treat that’s as heartwarming as it is refreshing.
Our review of Ditas Mumbai in a Nutshell:
The all-encompassing menu hits the spot for the most part , serving up the sort of comfort-driven cafe dishes that most would want to eat. Ditas is as apt for ladies who lunch, as it is for an intimate date night or a larger gathering with friends for those evenings braced by an endless supply of cocktails.
Ditas, World Crest Ground Floor, Lodha, 402, Senapati Bapat Marg, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013
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