With a new menu, Umami by Bidisha Samantaray and Leonardo Seghi reopens today
GETTING a new address in Pondicherry is Bidisha Samantaray and Leonardo Seghi’s restaurant, Umami. At Labourdonnais Street, the owners have tweaked both the food and interiors. Samantaray informs us that a restored colonial house has been converted into Umami. “I have given it an urban, chic look—with cool colours, dim lights and high ceilings with wooden beams. So there is this blend of the old and the modern,” she says. About the things that went wrong at the earlier Umami, chef Seghi says, “Our kitchen was tiny. So we had a tough time catering to 60-70 people on a busy night. Also, I loved the idea of the restaurant being on the pavement, but there was too much dust. Our indoor space was not too private.” But the new version has it all.
Three to try
Plenty of new starters—like crab balls, different types of crostinis and potatoe and olives finger—have been added to the menu. As for the main course, they have added pork vindaloo, hoisin chicken and vegetarian Thai red curry. For desserts they have coffee zabaglione. “We have a space dedicated to a fully-equipped and fun bar, with a large selection of wines, whiskey and cocktails,”says Samantaray.
According to Seghi, one of Umami’s signatures is Pollo Ripieno, a de-boned chicken stuffed with bacon, green olives and mushrooms, and served with a demi-glace sauce and mashed potatoes. One of the top movers, and Seghi’s creation, is the cacao ravioli stuffed with Gorgonzolla cheese. A must try is their lemon cheese cake. ‘‘Don’t look for the American version,’’ he warns.
At Labourdonnais Street, lunch for two costs around `1,500 without alcohol. Details: 9787748481