Restaurant Review: Nueva, New Delhi

by Sharmila Chand
Restaurant Review: Nueva, New Delhi

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At ‘Nueva’, food pairs with art and philosophy. Rumours say that the place is owned by Virat Kohli. It is set at the premium location of South Delhi and is a unique journey of South American cuisine, in style!

What Is It?

Brainchild of Chef Michael Swamy, a Cordon Bleu-trained patisserie and author of an award-winning book, everything about Nueva is a work of art and passion. As the Owner & Chef Patron of Nueva, Swamy says, “Here we take you on a journey of nature. A journey of Sea, Land, Mountains and Air for a perfect amalgamation of a heart warming cuisine. As Nueva stands for new, we intend to introduce new dishes very often.”

Chef Michael Swamy at NUEVA
Chef Michael Swamy at NUEVA

What’s In It?

The chic restaurant is spread across two floors: at the ground floor is the plush lounge and bar where you get to taste the best from Tapas menu with some exciting drinks (the liquor license is awaited) or have your cuppa tea or coffee; the first floor welcomes you to the smart dining area. Here the large glass panels allow you to see chefs in action in the state –of- the-art kitchen. Step in the aesthetically done 12 seater PDR and be tempted to have your culinary affair here one day.

Bar and Lounge

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What Else?

At Nueva, it’s not just about having a meal, but it is the holistic experience where all your senses rejoice the journey of food which is distinctly infused with thought and philosophy. So when you pick up your menu book, you are floored by its cover as it is a work of art by an artist who has also made coordinating coasters of your table.

Look around and you will notice your neighbor guest is holding the menu with a different cover by a different artist. You are intrigued as you would like to compare the two. Likewise, the plates are stunningly beautiful and so are the napkin rings made in-house by putting together pretty beads. Control girls, do not pick them up as bracelets.

NUEVA by Michael Swamy
NUEVA by Michael Swamy

What To Eat?

Coming to the food part, every dish tells a story. A story of earth, mountain, air or all in one. My ensaladas (salads) were ‘Cielo / Sky’ – fresh zingy arugula tossed with pears, drizzled over with mango glaze and spiced balsamic reduction, set upon a pesto of fermented tea leaves; ‘Tierra / Earth’ – fruity creamy edible earth with dehydrated vegetables and ‘Nube / Cloud’ – a light cloudlike cottage cheese mousse surrounded by earthy wild rice and fresh greens misted with a light flavourful dressing. No this is not poetry, believe me, it is chef’s way of explaining his dishes in the menu!!

Earth Salad
Earth Salad

‘Pallo En Infusion De Te (Tea Infused Chicken)’ is Chef Michael’s signature dish, which combine two of his favourite ingredients – Tea & Vanilla! Tea-brined chicken cooked till it almost melts in your mouth soaked in a sauce made from its own juices with the addition of vanilla. It is served with black quinoa and pickled vegetable salad.

My favourite from the mains was ‘Arroz Salvaje y Estofado de Fava / Wild Rice with Fava Bean Stew’. It had a rustic blend of indigenous wild rice and a rich spicy fava bean stew. Served with freshly roasted vegetables and refreshing grape salad.

Grilled Tofu with Chimichurri Vegetables
Grilled Tofu with Chimichurri Vegetables

‘Quinoa Pudín Dos Formas / Quinoa Pudding Two Ways’ is the right way to wind up the meal at Nueva. Chef Michael tweaks it when he cooks white quinoa with orange and saffron, then mixes with black quinoa flavoured in chocolate and cardamom, served with the crunch of caramelized pecans and lightness of gingered dulche cream.

Nueva is an awesome place for kiddos too as they get to order from their separate kids’ menu.

What To Drink?

Keep sippingManzana’ with your food. A drink with cinnamon-flavoured caramelised apple chips, apple cider, Peruvian pear and quinoa – meant to take you to the mountains of South America!!

Pure Verde
Pure Verde


Where : Sangam Courtyard, Major Somnath Marg, Sector 9, R.K. Puram, New Delhi – 110022
Contact No. : 011 65568382 / 9266668382


Lounge (ground floor) – 12 noon to 12 midnight
High Tea: 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Dining (first floor)
Lunch – 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Dinner – 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM

How Much: A meal for two cost – 2500 INR ++

Parking : No hassles at all.

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