DIG INTO ITALIAN FAVOURITES
One cup of chopped eggplant has only 20 calories and 11 per cent of your daily fibre needs. They are not just purple in colour but can also be white or yellow and the first variety of the vegetable that was discovered was egg shaped, hence the name...
Italian food goes much beyond pizzas and pastas at Melanzane, where they dish out Italian cuisine that are not run-of-the-mill.
You might be wondering why we have started educating on eggplants all of a sudden. Well, that’s because I just visited a big, cosy eggplant and dined there like there’s no tomorrow.
Melanzane, meaning eggplant, is a restaurant that opened in Shatti Al Qurum a few months back and while the food they serve is abundantly delicious, the first impression it casts is truly impressive.
As I reached the restaurant I noticed that the words on the signage were all inverted but I didn’t delve too much into it thinking that it was probably just some funky font design that was beyond my understanding. Inside, the restaurant was not like any other in the area. It was different as it exuded a rustic energy. The décor was unique with its raw, edgy look, and the very efficient staff, Kirk, explained at length about the little details. As I looked around I realised that it was not just the name but a lot of other things inside the restaurant that were kept upside down. The chairs, most of which were purple (the colour of eggplant), were inverted. The ceiling lights were actually in the shape of tables hanging upside down. However, the weirdest were the walls that looked unfinished. It didn’t look unattractive at all to me because I’ve always loved ragged patterns and textures. But it was just strange as the restaurant has been open for a few months now and it’s unusual to have an unfinished decor. This, Kirk explained, was symbolic of the restaurant’s food, like everything else.