Another day in the life saw us stroll into a newly-opened La Vie restaurant in the cloistered environ of Khan Market. The interior is simple, like idyllic poets say life should be, a small space cheerfully done up in white with purple seating and a chalkboard displaying the day’s specials. At first glance, the menu seems a tad askew — offering the advertised wood-fired pizza and mains (including an interesting Robata grill section) but also an incongruous collection of kebabs and tikkas; salad, wraps and sandwiches filling up the remaining spaces. However, we’re informed it’s a work in progress, the varieties of pizza to swell from 13 to 27 and the Indian section to be done away with in the final offering.
We get directly down to business, ordering the wood-fired Mexicano and the High on Shrooms pizza as well as a Ravioli in a Basil and Pesto sauce. To drink, we order a La Vie Da (how can one not) mocktail, largely for its contents. The beverage comes first and if we hadn’t known we were in a pizza place yet, boy we sure did now. The base is an effervescent and almost giddily sweet lime soda, muddled with oregano, garlic and jalapenos, the respective smokiness, pungency and heat of which turn the sophomore soda into something far more intoxicating, if still below the drinking age.
Next, the pizza appear on tiled platters, steaming like a sauna though far more palatable in terms of smell. The Mexicano is topped with robust chunks of BBQ chicken, bell peppers, red onions, jalapenos, BBQ sauce with cheddar and mozzarella while the High on Shrooms comprises balsamic and olive oil marinated mushrooms, garlic and again cheddar (this one smoked) and mozzarella. Their topographical differences aside, the pizzas are the same in that they are ambrosial, so cheesy that every piece trails inches and inches of gooey smokiness behind it. Seldom have we tasted garlic more alive and kicking than an ambush of ninja and seldom have we had toppings fresher than that bratty kid next door.
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The pasta doesn’t far as well. Though the stage is seemingly well set with a pesto sauce and al dente pasta parcels stuffed with garlic, onion, sauteed spinach and cottage cheese (the last being a bit of a question mark), there is the lack of something, an absence of a certain je nais se quoi, that turns what could have been a spirited performance into a rather timorous dress rehearsal. Fortunately, we still have a couple of slices to deliver a delectable coup de grace, if you’ll pardon our French. As the line goes, c’est la vie.
Meal for two: Rs 1,200
Address: 51A, Khan Market. 24627707