Dimcha is a tiny little outlet located at Epicuria in Nehru Place, but it dishes out some really flavor-packed food. The place offers more than forty varieties of Dimsums (Dim) and serves as an Asian tea room too (Cha), hence the name Dimcha.
We were here for a tasting, and the moment we entered the restaurant, we were greeted warmly and guided to our table. Though the seats aren’t the most comfortable, that is soon forgotten when you get immersed into the delicious food.
We started off with some refreshing drinks that were served along with masala peanuts. The peanuts were tossed in a lovely spice mix, which had a nice balance of chili, salt and sugar. The Kiwi Mint Cooler was a lovely mix of mint leaves, kiwi chunks, lime juice, sugar syrup, crushed ice, sparkling water and lemonade and was really tasty and extremely refreshing. The Virgin Kaffir Lime was equally nice, with fresh kaffir lime leaves infused into a mix of mint syrup, lime juice and gingerale.
Coming to the food, we started with a Baa Mee Tom Soup which was a Thai noodle soup with lots of chicken, spring onions, coriander, in a soy-flavored clear broth. It was packed with flavor and was really well balanced.
French Bean and Tofu Salad: The salad looked vibrant and tasted delicious. We are not fans of French beans or tofu, but we still relished the salad. The beans were really crisp and fresh, and the tofu was soft and creamy, so the textural contrasts were really interesting. The roasted peanuts, caramelized onions and the fried garlic provided additional texture and flavor notes to the dish. For all salad-lovers out there, this dish should not be missed.
Minced Chicken Salad: This salad was also nicely made- the minced chicken was juicy and the red chili flakes and mint leaves that were added to the mince made it taste really vibrant.
Kenya Bean Dumpling: These dumplings had a bright green covering and were filled with beans and veggies and were quite tasty.
Vegetable Bao: The bao was really fluffy and soft, and was stuffed with a spinach mixture, and topped with a sauce which imparted a nice sweet-sour flavor to the bao.
Hoisin Chicken Dumpling: The dumplings had a really thin, transparent covering and were stuffed with a hoisin sauce-flavored chicken mince, served in a thick hoisin sauce, which imparted a nice sweet-savory flavor.
Spicy Chicken Dumpling: This dumpling also had the same thin covering and was stuffed with a spicy chicken filling, topped with some black sesame seeds and micro-coriander for added flavor.
Black Pepper Duck Dumpling: While both the chicken dumplings were really delicious, the duck dumpling really stole our hearts. The duck was beautifully cooked and nicely flavored and was served in a pungent broth.
Chicken and Chive Pot-stickers: The pot-stickers had a lovely char on their base, which gave them a nice crunch. The filling was a mildly-seasoned chicken and chive mince, which was quite tasty.
Hakka Style French Bean: The beans were lightly sautéed and cooked al dente and were tossed with dry black bean which gave them a really nice savory note.
Spicy Chicken with Crispy Spinach: The chicken was juicy and moist, and was tossed in a spicy sauce. The crispy spinach tossed with white sesame seeds was simply amazing, and gave a subtle bitterness to the dish which was wonderful.
Cumin Lamb: The lamb was so soft and tender and was tossed with cumin and spring onions. A really different and tasty dish.
Green Chili Lamb: This was another delectable dish, consisting of hollowed-out green chilies, stuffed with minced lamb and black bean, and steamed in soy sauce. The minced lamb had been spiced well and had acquired a lovely flavor from the sauce as well. This dish also is a must-try!
Pan Fried Noodles in Ginger Chili Sauce: The noodles were really thin and were crisp at the bottom of the bowl (the part of the noodle stack that was pan fried) and the top portion of the noodles were soft. The noodles were topped with chicken and vegetables in a ginger chili sauce, but the spice level on this dish could really have been kicked up a notch.
Chicken in Holy Basil Sauce: This was a wonderful dish consisting of chicken chunks in an extremely flavorful sauce which had fresh red chilies and fresh basil leaves in it, with lots of garlic. The chicken was juicy and the flavors were really well balanced.
Chrysanthemum Tea: After the lovely meal, we were served some light and mild tea which was infused with Chrysanthemum flowers. Not only did the tea cleanse and soothe our palates, but it also has many medicinal benefits, apart from aiding the digestion of the food.
We then rounded off our meal with a moist, decadent Chocolate Cake. The cake was soft and spongy and was layered with thick, creamy, dark chocolate ganache frosting.
Overall, Dimcha is a wonderful restaurant to go to for some Asian fare at reasonable rates. The sheer variety on the menu, with each dish being deftly balanced despite having intense flavors, is what sets this place apart. Dimcha should definitely be tried!
Overall Rating: 4.25/5
Location: Upper Ground Floor, Epicuria Food Mall, Nehru Place Metro Station, New Delhi
Phone No.: 099996 93638