Recently, we received an invitation to review the newly-opened Diggin Café located in the upmarket area of Anand Lok just opposite the Gargi College in south Delhi. The café offers outdoor as well as indoor seating options, both on ground floor as well as the upper ground floor. The open-air seating is a perfect option for a winter brunch and the indoor seating is well-decorated with lots of pastels and soothing colours further enhanced by the sunrays. They can easily transport to a lazy European afternoon.
The café scores high on the décor and the overall setting of the place, now it was time for some food tasting. The owner of the café, Mr Digvijay Singh Bedi, who after completing his studies at the London School of Economics came back to India to live his dream of starting an eatery with an international appeal – what is even more striking is that his own nickname is Diggin. The café serves an all Italian menu and also offers a special student menu with cheaper rates. All you need to do is to show your student identity card.
Since Delhi’s heat is showing no respite, we could not opt for the alfresco but indoors at Diggin are equally pleasing. Even before you order the food, gulp in a glass of mint soaked water for that refreshing feeling. To start with, we had Grilled Vegetables Bruschetta with Mango and Strawberry smoothies. The garlic bread was topped with grilled vegetables and was exactly the way a bruschetta should be, neither soggy nor over-crunchy. The appetizer’s taste blended perfectly with that of the smoothies. A perfect one to satiate the sunburnt souls.
From the mains, we tried the Spaghetti Aglio Olio pasta. A no-sauce spaghetti pasta sautéed with garlic and olive oil along with onion, mushroom and baby spinach leaves. Perfect even if you are on a diet because even the pasta is made of whole wheat. Being an Italian outlet, how can we miss on yummy and crispy pizzas that the place offers to its guests. Coming straight from a wood-fired stone oven, the Pesto Pepper pizza had the perfectly cooked base. Topped with roasted bell peppers, sundried tomatoes and fresh mozzarella with a tangy and spicy pesto sauce, the pizza was lovely, surely one of the best in town.
Taking forward the culinary tradition, a happy dessert was all that was required after the sumptuous meal. We ended the meal with classic Chocolate Walnut Brownie served with French vanilla gelato. No words for this all-time favourite dessert.
No fuss place with classiness and substance, Diggin café is sure to stay. Perfect for all age groups to spend time at, gossip with your gang or enjoy a classic cappuccino sitting by the large window panes.
Price: Rs 1300 for two
Address: Anand Lok Shopping Centre, Opposite Gargi College, Anand Lok, New Delhi
Text by Supriya Aggarwal