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Diya Restaurant

Discovery Inn, Avenida Presidente Nicolau Lobato, Dili, East Timor, Dili, East Timor
+670 331 1111
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Ranked #6 of 42 Restaurants in Dili
Hours:
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Sydney, Australia
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Good ambience, but very slow service. Meal was good but nowhere near worth the price. Restaurant was closed so we ate in the bar area. Only another three people eating so the long wait was unexpected

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ZeenatAwan, Guest Relations Coordinator at Diya Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear DJD70, Thank you for reviewing your recent experience at Diya Restaurant and we are sincerely apologetic that your experience was disappointing. We thank you for your feedback and have taken it on board in order to strive for continual improvement. We hope that next time you are in Dili, you will allow us to rectify some of the issues... More

Dili, East Timor
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

One of the very few eateries in Dili where management seems to care about continuously training their staff to a reasonable level. Excellent cooking and ambiance

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ZeenatAwan, Guest Relations Coordinator at Diya Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear DiliExpats, Thank you kindly for your recent review of Diya Restaurant. We are so pleased to read that you enjoy the service and cuisine you experienced whilst dining with us. We sincerely look forward to welcoming you back the next time you come to Diya. All the best, Zeenat Awan More

Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
2,312 reviews 2,312 reviews
1,298 restaurant reviews
934 helpful votes 934 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

After several days in Dili, I still haven't had what I would call an authentic local dish. Was taken to Diya as the so-called "best restaurant" but the choices were a smorgasbord of different tastes and cultures but nothing I would call Timorese. I didn't really come to Dili to eat Fried Camembert, Ravioli , pastas, Chicken Tandoori. The chips... More

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ZeenatAwan, Guest Relations Coordinator at Diya Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear RonWamberal, Thank you kindly for taking the time to review your visit to Diya restaurant in June 2014. We are disappointed to read that you did not fully enjoy your experience with us at our restaurant and our offerings of South East Asian and Mediterranean cuisine. Whilst we do endeavour to use local produce wherever possible, we do not... More

Dili, East Timor
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Discovery Inn is one of the best hotels for stay in Timor - Leste, Staffs are very friendly and attentive, you will have a special breakfast and happy hour every day, i am missing happy hours in discovery. DIYA is one of the best restaurants for all kind of food and especially HALAL foods, don't forget to meet the chef... More

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ZeenatAwan, Guest Relations Coordinator at Diya Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Hamidullah G, Thank you for reviewing your April 2014 visit to Discovery Inn and Diya Restaurant. We are so pleased to read that you enjoyed your time with us, particularly the meals and service on offer. We sincerely hope that you will come and stay with us again the next time you are in Dili. All the best, Zeenat More

Dili, East Timor
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

After having many lunches and dinners at Diya, I have to say this is by far and large the most serious restaurant in Dili. Everything you pick from the menu is of superior quality, well presented and delivered at the right time. All this at reasonable prices, and good wine list, sometimes even complementary glass of wine. With a meal,... More

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Dear Tiho77, Thank you kindly for reviewing your recent experience at Diya Restaurant. We are so pleased to hear that you are a regular visitor and that the service, ambiance and food is at a consistently high standard. We look forward to seeing you the next time you are at Diya and welcome you to try our new weekday daily... More

israel
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Diya is hidden away inside and to the rear of the Discovery Inn Hotel in Dili. It is nicely decorated with all the trappings and table settings of a fine European restaurant. The atmosphere is calm and quiet and the good ac system keeps out the heat and humidity of the city. Service is polite and attentive. Above all the... More

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ZeenatAwan, Guest Relations Coordinator at Diya Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear wolfman50, Thank you kindly for reviewing your recent meal at Diya Restaurant. We are so pleased to read that you enjoyed your dining experiences with us and hope that you will be back again on your next trip to East Timor. All the best, Zeenat Awan More

Omaha, Nebraska
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Located in back part of Discovery Inn, Diya has really good food, well presented in a nice setting. Best described as Asian fusion. We had chicken curry and baked ginger fish. Locals have rec it too.

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ZeenatAwan, Guest Relations Coordinator at Diya Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Frances J, Thank you for reviewing your recent visit to Diya Restaurant and your glowing review. We hope that the chicken curry and baked ginger fish was to your liking. We look forward to welcoming you back at Diya Restaurant in the near future. All the best, Zeenat Awan More

Dili, East Timor
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Linen clothes and silver service @ reasonable prices. Best place for Western Food in Dili. Local wait staff attentive and pleasant. My favourite special occasion place in Dili.

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ZeenatAwan, Guest Relations Coordinator at Diya Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear 909Anne, Thank you for reviewing your recent visit to Diya Restaurant at Discovery Inn and allowing us to be a part of your special occasions. We look forward to welcoming you back, whether it be for a special occasion or a casual meal. Thank you for your ongoing patronage. All the best, Zeenat Awan More

London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Dinner at Diya was the perfect ending to our 10-day stay in Dili. Diya offers the complete package: the food is tasty and nicely presented, the service is attentive, and the dining room is airconditioned and decorated to a good standard. We didn't find the prices unreasonable, all things considered. The South Indian fish curry was the best I'd tasted... More

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ZeenatAwan, Guest Relations Coordinator at Diya Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear EandELondon, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent dining experience at Diya Restaurant. We are pleased that you enjoyed the Indian cuisine that we have on our menu, and the service and ambience you encountered. We hope to welcome you back the next time you are in Dili. All the best, Zeenat Awan More

Melbourne, Australia
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

It would be hard to know this Restaurant existed. It's at the back of the Discovery Inn, itself just a door in the street. I happened to be staying there (my second trip to Dili) and struck up a conversation with a fellow guest in the hotel car on the way from the airport. She had been to Dili several... More

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ZeenatAwan, Guest Relations Coordinator at Diya Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear AJEN70, Thank you very much for reviewing your recent visits to Diya Restaurant. We are so pleased to read that you enjoyed your dining experiences with us and hope that you will be back again on your next trip to East Timor. All the best, Zeenat Awan More

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