Amazing curries, friendly service and traditional dishes cooked on an open grill, Diya is an Indian restaurant that’s serving authentic food made with centuries-old recipes. From their location on Eastgate Street in the the town centre, this South Asian restaurant is a favourite among Winchester residents and visitors alike. Close to the University of Winchester, Diya is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and features unique specialities like water buffalo bhoona, Keralan mixed seafood and their Southdown Lamb with spinach and masoor lentils. There’s more where that came from, so reserve ahead to taste for yourself.
Located in the heart of Winchester’s town centre, Diya is changing things up when it comes to quality Indian fare. This cosy restaurant has locals buzzing not only for its creative and delicious menu, but also because they use the highest quality British products and ingredients combined with the traditional recipes that have made this cuisine the favourite it is throughout the UK. You’ll find a carefully curated wine list, tandoor clay oven and traditional open grill at Diya, and they even made their own bread, chutneys and sauces on site, so you know already the quality is going to up there with the best of them.
The menu at Diya is of course, the star of the show and this Winchester restaurant certainly boasts some creative dishes that you’re sure to love. Kick things off with prawn patia and puri, prawns in a slightly sweet and sour sauce served on lightly fried Indian bread and scallops seared with cumin and yuzu lime butter with Andean caviar, saffron pumpkin and cauliflower puree. Following on, you’ll find classic curries and biryani dishes, as well as chef specials like the Diya lamb rack with potato and kurzi sauce, sea bass steamed with saffron, honey, lime and ginger and chicken amcha cooked in coconut milk and mango that’s complex, sweet and wonderfully delicious. So do yourself a favour and reserve a table at this town centre delight on Eastgate Street – you won’t be disappointed.
Had an absolutely lovely evening at Diya last night. The service is brilliant with the staff being very attentive, topping up our tap water, clearing space etc. I would really recommend the Navrattan Biryani as it was incredible and very filling!
we had really nice time the staff and the food was amazing . the staff were welcoming and gave us hugs and the best Indian food
Excellent food and service in nice surroundings with good atmosphere. Very enjoyable post cinema dinner. Our first time at Diya and definitely won’t be the last.
We decided to visit this Indian Restaurant based on previous reviews and were not disappointed at all. The meal was very tasty and the services was excellent and would visit again.
The food and service at Diya are not to be equalled in Winchester, excellent!! The chef here is fantastic, great quality ingredients, all dishes are so fresh with a great balance of spices in each!! Front of house are really friendly, without being too over enthusiastic! Our favourite Indian restaurant in Hampshire!!
At Diya last night for a birthday celebration. We had a great family meal with really friendly service, Other reviews led some of us had to try the Goat from the specials and we weren't disappointed. Would definitely go again.
From the first time we visited Diya we have been met with smiles and good service... the food is excellent, the staff and chef really care that you enjoy your food... have been again and again and never disappointed
Excellent food, service and value. The mixed and vegetarian starters were exceptional as was the goat curry and the paratha the best I have tasted outside of India. I highly recommend Diya.
Excellent service and outstanding food. A visit to Diya is a must if you enjoy fine Indian food. Our second visit to this restaurant - and certainly will not be the last.
Fantastic food and great service. The kitchen staff managed to get our order wrong by mixing up my vindaloo water buffalo curry with my sons' garlic chilli chicken! My son ploughed on through and finished his super spicy chicken and they cooked another water buffalo dish for me - hotter by far this time! My wife was rapturous about her goat curry and the food was delicious. I've no doubt we'll be back!