If you haven’t heard yet, one of the buzzing addresses for party hoppers in Mumbai, Tamasha, has now been transformed into Diablo, a swanky new fine-dine that takes you on a zesty culinary trail to the Middle-East.
Nestled in South Mumbai’s upscale Lower Parel, Diablo is a venture by First Fiddle Restaurants’ Priyank Sukhija and his co-partner Abhimanyu Jakhar. High-energy yet sophisticated, this restaurant-bar whips up recipes from Afghanistan, Turkey, Egypt, Greece and Lebanon – all of it curated by the talented corporate chef Sagar Bajaj.
The menu at Diablo bursts with a variety of flavours, cleverly synchronized with the in-house bar’s crafty cocktails. The meal begins with a cute basket of assorted, fresh breads; two kinds of hummus and black hummus; smoke eggplant truffle; Tzatziki, mint yogurt preparation; and Muhammara, a spicy pepper and walnut puree.
The mains are truffle cauliflower hummus; Persian barbequed kebap in choices of chicken and mutton; charred babycorn kebaps for the vegetarians; zatar cheese pide; Moroccan-style roast lamb with Zaffran rice called L’Ham M’Hammar.
The cocktails too are no less than a refreshing treat for tipple lovers. One can try Diablo’s classic Devils G&T, Devils V&T, whisky-based Seven Falling Angel, vodka-based Morning Star, and their fun take on Sangria. If one prefers an iced glass of non-alcoholic drinks, opt for then Bubblegum Pineapple Kombucha, Drink & Drive, smoothies and milkshakes.
It’s now time for desserts like Turkishmisu, a coffeelicious version of Baileys mascarpone and Chocolate chili mousse.
On the interior design front, no corner has been left unadorned. Right from the minute one steps inside, an entirely different, fascinating world grips the senses, thanks to the regal, modern interior design done by Bent Chair, a luxury brand known for its quirky décor. The interior is a clear reference to the word devil, which translates to ‘Diablo’ in Spanish.
Looking up at the ceiling, statement lights in eccentric shapes dangle down, the furniture is in rainbow colours of red, purple, blue and yellow, accented with metallic touches. The wide, expansive bar fashions a backlit counter with premium liquor racked up and the facia coated in a mosaic of eye-catching demonic shapes.
To sum it up, Diablo Mumbai, just like its twin outlet in Delhi’s Mehrauli, plays with the opulent yet edgy, gothic-themed ambiance and serves delectable Middle-Eastern food.
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