If there’s one thing the folks of Mumbai love, it’s a space to unwind on the weekends. And what better than an exciting resto-bar like Ditas? A hotspot that created waves in Delhi, Ditas has now made its way to Mumbai’s buzzing Lower Parel area.
Just by the look of it, you can tell that Ditas is far from the flat-dining spaces with a lacklustre vibe and mellow music. In fact, Ditas is the place you go to when you want the exact opposite of boring; it’s vibrant, energetic and quite possibly the ‘it’ spot for a fun night out.
Co-founded by Udita and Utsav Khaitan, it is an ode to a huge part of their relationship—travelling across the globe! Between travelling the world and creating priceless memories, they discovered their love for food and dreamed of turning their shared passion into something more significant. This passion and love materialized into what we know as Ditas, Delhi.
The retro bar, a true success story, delivered what it promised—simplicity and luxury in the field of culinary art! Udita, who holds a diploma in patisserie from the famed “Le Cordon Bleu,” London, and Utsav, a finance whiz and wine enthusiast, are now prepared to bring this success to Mumbai!
“The most amazing thing about the nightlife in Mumbai is the kind of variety that is offered. Almost every part of this city has some really interesting bars and nightclubs. At Ditas we offer both, on weekdays we have a crowd that chooses us for fine dining and on weekends we have crowds who prefer to party,” Utsav Khaitan adds.
Designed in minimal European style, Ditas Mumbai is divided into two areas. Starting with a long-running patio with wicker and cane chairs, and patterned tiles which bring to life a cafe vibe, leading up to the main space where you can marvel at their state-of-the-art bar with a high mirrored arch display. The onyx stone counter and their kitchen setup only add to their food-centric energy. With Moroccan blue tiles, as a callback to their Delhi interiors, and electric mid-century furniture, the Soho living room style seating places you in a luxurious high-end lounge.
Inspired by different regions of Europe and created by one of the premier mixologists of the country, the bar menu features signature cocktails representing Udita & Utsav’s travels, embodying what they love about each city and its history.
I started with a very unique coriander-flavoured cocktail called El Patron. A tequila-based cocktail, it was prepared with coriander stem, fresh pineapple juice, jalapeno, jalapeno brine, lime juice, and sugar syrup, garnished with coriander leaf, salt and sumac rim.
A light-hearted menu
For our first course, we opted for a selection of small plates, Morrocan chicken skewers, bubbling burnt butter prawns and rock shrimp tempura. Tossed in garlic flakes, charred lime and chilli flakes, the prawns had a sweet and sour flavour palate that was quite an interesting bite.
The skewers were my personal favourite. Rated with a chef’s recommendation, the chicken is as tender as it gets, marinated with some of the most delicious seasonings. The rock shrimp tempura was another highlight. Coated in a creamy, light and delicious creamy garlic mayo, these and the skewers would make for a great binge for a regular day!
For our main course, I opted for the pistachio-crusted John Dory. The seafood at Ditas is a big hit and the John Dory dish proves my point. Plated with a baby spinach risotto, the John Dory was grilled with house-made crumbles such as pistachio, dry olives, sun-dried tomatoes, dill and seasoning that adds a nice and went perfectly with the spinach risotto. It was a creamy match made in heaven for me! My dinner companion on the other hand, opted for a classic double smashed tenderloin burger.
I wanted to keep the dessert light, so I chose a dish that always manages to make me happy, churros. These were not your regular-size strips of sweet, cinnamon-sugar rolled dough. To my surprise, I was served a plate filled with gigantic rolls of churros, that did not hold back on flavour. Served with a chocolate fudge sauce and cream cheese dip, these were a perfect way to end my meal at Ditas.