Masala and MagicMegha Mamgain is a senior producer with CNN IBN. She is a born foodie with an unending enthusiasm to cook, learn and devour mouth watering recipes. All this with pictures that will make you drool.
We were strolling down the cobbled narrow lanes of New Delhi's Khan Market when we decided to step into this Italian restaurant, about 2 months old. It was the big wood-oven actually that caught my eye. The chef let us in from the back door to get a better look at it. We were standing in the small kitchen of La Vie, engulfed in the beautiful aromas of fresh baked breads. The Executive Chef, Naresh Verma, almost like an elderly endearing elf doling out fresh pizzas from the fire wood oven.
Our appetite sufficiently elevated, we were looking forward to a meal at this pleasant little Italian place. We were recommended their La Vie Da Mocktail and the Tomato Basil Soup.
Often the simplest of flavours are the most difficult to nail, since there are no complicated ingredients to back your skill. The tomato basil soup was exactly what it was meant to be. Basic strong flavours, silken texture, just the right acidity. The soup took me to a chilly evening back home in the hills.
The mocktail is a bit of an experiment that you might or might not like. It is a concoction of jalapenos, oregano and lime. For a 250 bucks, it did seem a bit overpriced.
I have to mention the generous bread basket that was placed on the table with chilly olive oil dip. The Rosemary and garlic breads were absolutely fresh with crusty outside and melt-in-the-mouth insides.
Next we had the Insalata Caprese Salad. I found this to be gorgeous in every way. Vine ripened tomatoes, with bocconcini and drizzled with pesto presented on a plate. Absolutely fresh, light and delicious!
The main course had to be the pizza that we had come in for. Here we again wanted to test the basics and ordered a Margherita and another Chicken Mince pizza. And let me say this, that the fire wood oven does wonders to the pizzas. The slow cooking releases the flavours and the thin crust just makes it a complete contrast to the chewy dough pizzas that we are used to being delivered at our doorsteps.
The pasta was alright, it didn't make me a fan. And the desert options too were limited. In any case we were in Khan Market where desert options are aplenty.
All in all, it was a good meal, delightfully fresh and packed with flavour. I would want to go back and try the other things on the menu.