N8, N Block Market, Greater Kailash 1, New Delhi-110 048
Meal for two without alcohol: Rs 1,800 including taxes and service charge
One of the perils of soaring retail rentals is that old familiar haunts keep disappearing only to reappear, like jokers in the pack, unexpectedly close at hand. For years Delhi’s diva of Italian cuisine, Ritu Dalmia, ran a snacky, third-floor eyrie with a tiny open-air terrace called Le Cafe in what is derisively known as GKNY’s Fabindia market. The pack has lately been reshuffled, and it has resurfaced as the first-floor Cafe Diva down the block, in place of a bookshop, now kicked into a basement. Cafe Diva is as easy to miss as before (which is part of the intended charm) but despite its cramped quarters, the new attitude lies in the angles: a juice and smoothie bar stuck at the back and a well-priced deli—with fresh pasta, grilled vegetables, dips and marinades—running along the parallel wall.