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...

HI Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - STORY SHRUTHI NAIR • PHO­TOG­RA­PHY SALIM AL AFIFI

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.

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