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For a 'global' experience

Fusion 9, the latest lounge-restaurant of the twin cities, provides fine beverages and dining in a contemporary ambience.



WELL STOCKED BAR: Serves drinks and bites. — Photos: Satish. H

FUSION IS the buzzword today. It is happening everywhere in art, fashion, music, dance and food. The latest restaurant using the term is Fusion 9. Located in a newly-constructed building (6-3-249/A, 1st Avenue) on road no 1 Banjara Hills, this is a lounge-restaurant (perhaps the first of its kind) in the city.

Enter the restaurant through a glass door (which fuses different kinds of glass) and walk in to find a slightly higher area with wooden flooring housing the bar and the lounge. The décor is contemporary. The place looks cheerful with a lot of natural light percolating through the windows and light curtains at least in the day. The lighting is colourful and the niche lights are worth a look. The ambience is casual and smart.

The name is derived from the nine cuisines it serves and not from a fusion of cuisines. "There is a sprinkling of food from different regions of the world - like Indian, Italian, American, European, Middle-East, Indonesian, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Sri Lankan. The menu would be revamped every two months," says Shankar Krishnamurthi, the man behind the restaurant. Shankar has almost two decades experience in the hotel industry having worked as chef (even Executive chef as well) in India and abroad. This valuable know-how and culinary expertise has enabled him to conceptualise a lounge restaurant, work out the menu and design the kitchen area. The kitchen area is very much visible through the glass. Food is cooked fresh in front of you. A major plus point is it is air-conditioned like the eating area. The main highlight is the oven where firewood is used for baking pizzas. "This is the traditional oven used in Italy," says Shankar.

The restaurant has a well-stocked bar and a brilliant barman Sarkar who not just rustles up cocktails and mocktails, but juggles as well and serves with panache. Interesting and exotic bar bites (veg and non-veg) are a perfect accompaniment to the drinks.



PERFECT RELAXATION: The lounge area is ideal.

The accent is equally on the beverages and food. More importantly, vegetarians have a lot of variety which is unlike the case in most other places. Understandably, the steak and tandoor sections have more non-veg varieties.

The table décor is rather different. Olive oil is placed on every table and those who love it can drizzle it on the dishes.

The menu is not large as in terms of number of items. Yet it includes samples of world cuisine. From starters, soups, pastas, spice and ethnic corner to the grill and tandoor, it includes dishes of various types including two platters (Special Indian platter - veg and non-veg and Special Chinese platter - veg and non-veg).



FOOD OF THE WORLD: The restaurant offers a culinary experience for the gourmet.

The names of some dishes may be tongue-twisting but one is assured of exotic food with more or less authentic ingredients. Of course the food is modified to suit the spicy Hyderabadi palate. About five dishes are there in each category and the local populace may get to sample some of the dishes perhaps for the first time in the city. The steaks are served with a choice of five sauces.

The desserts are something to really look for going by the names and the explanations. Pancakes, brulee, cheese cake, tart, mousse and ice cream can be tasted.

The pricing is fairly reasonable - not as high as five star rates. If you want to have a good `global' meal in a smart and casual ambience you know where to go. But please reserve a table (tel: 55577755, 55577722) lest you return disappointed.

RADHIKA RAJAMANI

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