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    An unusual mix of Italy and Japan meet on your plate in Koramangala

    F YOU’RE bored with your neighbourhood Italian trattoria, then La Traviata offers something unexpected. Here you will find all of the
    classic Italian staples, yet Japanese owners Noriko Koike and Natsumi Mori have given sections of the menu a distinctly Asian twist. This spacious restaurant of fers a relaxed dining ambience with its scrubbed pine furniture and muted colour palette. Cooking enthusiasts can also enjoy a glimpse into the open plan kitchen, and watch the chefs working the wood-fired pizza oven.

    More than dining
    La Traviata bills itself not just as a restaurant, but also as a bakery, patisserie and café. Specialist breads are prepared in-house, with
    British loaves available on order, French baguettes baked daily and Japanese cookie breads on sale on Wednesdays and Sundays. The
    space has a dedicated children’s play area, hosts regular flea and food markets, and is also available to hire for functions and parties.
    “When I started to live in Bangalore six years ago, I didn’t have anywhere exciting to take my kids, so I decided to create a place that was child friendly with exciting events, and good food and drinks myself,” says owner Natsumi Mori.

    Fusion dishes
    A section of the menu covers standard Italian fare such as minestrone soup, spaghetti aglio olio e pepperoncino and pizza margherita.
    We were more intrigued by the many fusion elements on offer, and found the Madame Butterfly spaghetti carbonara to be a tasty twist on the traditional recipe. Tenderly cooked belly pork that melts in the mouth replaced bacon, a poached egg appeared on top rather than within the sauce, and a dash of soy sauce added an Asian note.

    Our pizza choice, Papageno & Papagena, was equally unusual,bringing together two small pizzas on one plate. The fresh mozzarella
    pizza was served with homemade basil sauce, and its partner combined the flavours of honey, mustard and blue cheese. While the basil topping made one pizza deliciously moist, the other was crispier,more akin to bruschetta.
    Dessert was a revelation: a sweet treat which hails from the city of  Nagoya in Japan. Simply named Ogura Toast this dish, which is much sought after by the Japanese expatriate community, uses a chunky, sweet, red bean paste to adorn French toast. Topped with a
    sprinkling of icing sugar and a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it made the perfect end to a cross-continental meal. At Koramangala. Rs 1500++ for two.Details: 41692546
    —Maegan Dobson Sippy

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