Saturday, Jun 13, 2009

Metro Plus Bangalore

Spoilt for choice
A new restaurant in Indiranagar serves four cuisines under one roof  
Photo: Bhagya Prakash. K

Multi-cuisine fare Chef Vivek Solanki and the delectable 
spread at World Cuisine Network

It’s a somewhat strangely named place, the World Cuisine Network on the 80 Feet Road
in Indiranagar. However, if you can get past the peculiar moniker, the complex has four
 restaurants on four different floors and each one of them serves up a s panking good
meal. As of now, the place is absolutely rocking. All the restaurants seat a comfortable
number, are elegantly done up and the wait staff are one beaming bunch.

The sheeshas (hookahs) gleam invitingly at the Mezze which serves Lebanese food.
It’s a familiar gamut— hommos, moutabal, fattoush, baba ganouj (do note the
 ‘different’ spellings at the WCN), dairy dips galore, shawarmas, and all the
kebabs to gladden the heart of wannabe Bedouins, nomads and the
stay-at-home all together.

The Mezze has a special way with lamb, check out their Mezze mixed grill.
Vegetarians need not bemoan partiality, there is spinach fatayer, which is spinach,
 onion and pine nuts stuffed into a flaky pastry and is truly a delight.

Down one floor and it’s the Indian restaurant Masala. Rasams, shorbas, chaats,
an array of aged Basmati rice biryanis, and seafood are on offer. The lobster
lababdar is a curry to remember, with the lobster marinated in a creamy spicy
 masala that is piquant but does not set the tummy linings alight.

The Hyderabadi soya kheema is a popular dish for vegetarians, and the
Masala’s dals seem to be a hit with gourmet lovers.We recommend you
opt for the mini tokri of naan, paratha, kulcha to mop up the curries.

Italian job
The Italian restaurant La Vigna stands on the first floor and features all the usual
suspects — antipastis like bruschetta, ravioli, seafood salads, risotto, pasta and
 hand- rolled thin pizzas, the last smoked with Italian wood, according to Vivek
 Solanki, the busy chef at WCN.

Just about every third dish on the Italian menu is hugely popular with those who
eat here but we would ask you to try the la vigna pizza (with mozzarella cheese,
chicken, olives, mushrooms, roasted capsicum, sun- dried tomatoes) the frutti di
mare gratinati (prawn, calamari and mussel in a mustard and cheese cream sauce),
and the lasagne della casa where the lasagne sheets tenderly hold minced chicken,
turkey ham, cheese, cream and tomatoes.

The primavera risotto cooked with peppers and mushrooms is a good
vegetarian choice.

Dolce (dessert)? Well, of course, it has to be tiramisu.
Take it from one who isn’t overly fond of what mostly passes for tiramisu in
this country: it’s the real McCoy at Lavigna, not too moist, not at all soggy,
 just right on the fork and putting a new spin on the term ‘melt-in -the- mouth’.

Soups and sandwiches
The Bistro on the ground floor has a menu that ranges from fish and chips,
spaghetti bolognaise, salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers, to wraps and even
 steaks, all to be washed down with granitas, smoothies, and espressos.

Good food, as I said earlier. Now I need to find out just why the place is
called World Cuisine Network.
The WCN is located at 32, 80 Ft Road, HAL Stage II, Indiranagar. The
 café is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., the restaurants close for a short period
between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Call 43568888.


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