Diggin: dig in without a thought

Ambica Gulati
A wooden swing, loads of plants, a terrace to romance and an interior to absolve all stress, Diggin actually makes you feel like digging in to forget the world. The ambience is light, airy and homely. The red wooden bricks on the live kitchen, little tea pots on the side, a tree painted on a white wall, Diggin makes you feel relaxed. A bakery on the ground floor and wooden seating on the outside, the place is a student’s paradise located bang opposite Gargi College in Delhi. And it has a special DU menu, priced so nominal for students with ID cards, that it doesn’t create a hole in the pocket. In fact, it’s a great place to date! The food is good, quantity enough to fill your stomach and long for more, variety amazingly large.
The brainchild of Digvijay Singh, who has lived in London, the inspiration is the British nuances–from quirky paraphernalia to the happy picnic vibe of the restaurant. His aim was to introduce a college café where the food and ambience is at par with the trendy restaurants around town but at the same time pocket friendly. And all I can say is that he has succeeded.
Well, as Sabina Thakur and I wanted to taste more flavours, we requested the Digvijay’s mom Guneeta Bedi to give us the signature dishes. The homely touch is thanks to her supervision.
If you are calorie conscious, then you have a choice from the soups and salads. We began with the Diggin Special Salad which had apples, chicken, roasted beets and if you eat it slowly, it’s a yummy meal.
For starters we had Crispy Zucchini Fries and Bacon Stuffed Chicken Legs. Even the cutlery is interesting, green wrought iron brightly coloured stands and coloured glasses. I simply loved the Chicken legs, the bacon stuffed well, easy to cut and digest. A must try for all meat lovers.
The restaurant employs about 35 people and 10 chefs, all trained by a hospitality company.
For the main course, there was Pan-seered Fresh Fish and Pesto and Pepper Pizza. The pizza had one of the thinnest and best crusts and amazing flavours. Positively something I would love to go for again. And we also took a bite of the Ravioli filled with spinach, broccoli and ricotta cheese blend. I loved the sauce and the filling. After so much of food, Sabina skipped the Lamb Shank but she did dig into the Chocolate Fondant. Another must try is the Gelato Flavour of the Day–we had tangy green apple! The restaurant manager Manish tells us it changes every two days, so you don’t know what you are going to be treated to.
And there is a variety of sandwiches and burgers which we did not try. Above all, there’s a large choice for vegetarians.
A good digestive drink was the Virgin Mojito with mint and ginger. But we did sip smoothies too—Mango & Mint and Strawberries & Mango. The Mango & Mint is a unique blend and so good for the summer.
All in all, the place rocks with its casual but classy interiors, service with a smile and quiet corners where you can date, enjoy a good book or simply get lost in your thoughts. The music makes you feel light and happy. Positively a place to eat a good meal.
Diggin, Anand Lok Shopping Centre, Opposite Gargi College, Anand Lok, New Delhi
For reservations: +91-11-40800081, 4080008297
Cuisine: Italian, Continental, Cafe
Meal for two: Rs. 1,300 for two people (approx.)
Open: 11 am to 11 pm

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