Despite being scarred by the events of the previous night, I was determined to find a new good eat-out in Chennai and my efforts paid off. Fusion 9 is a new restaurant in town and we trekked here to see whether it was worth the fuss. Dim lighting, an island bar and music playing at an appropriate volume (unlike Zara's which believes in blasting the ears off its patrons) give Fusion 9 a lazy lounge feel.
They have a vast and varied menu with East Asian, Continental, Lebanese and Indian options. They also have a separate dessert menu (and that can only mean good things). For starters we had the lemongrass and corn cutlets (I forget the fancy name that the menu gave them) and spice paneer tikkas. The cutlets were very average. Lemongrass has a distinct flavour which can't be mixed with just anything. The flavours were all wrong and the dish had a weird aftertaste. I quite liked the paneer. It was soft and the spicy sauce complemented it. Though not everyone in the party was a fan.
This was quickly followed by the main course (and our rumbling tummies were very grateful for that). In search of good Thai food in Chennai, I picked an all time favourite: Thai Green Curry. The Green Curry was wonderful with just the right amount of coconut milk, veggies and spices. It got all the flavours right and was a tad on the spicier side. The rice it was served with wasn't great but the Curry was so good that I didn't care.
Edward ordered the Lebanese Pizza, a dish that I had never tried before. This turned out to be a stuffed pizza dominated by cheese and oil soaked herbs. The dish was pretty decent and though I'm not a huge fan, if you are looking to try something different, then you may want to go for this.
Banker Madame went in for a more traditional pizza with cheese, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and a lovely thin crust. I really liked this pizza.
Dr. V and the White Mark ordered the Tenderloin and Veg. Shwarma and had only great things to say about both. A special mention to the potatoes with the Tenderloin: artfully presented and tasted great. All the mains were priced around Rs. 400. Portions are quite large.
We had our minds, and stomachs, set on dessert and placed our orders after much deliberation. All the desserts that we ordered: the mascarpone apple tart, the cheesecake, the tiramisu: were wonderful and hit our sweet spot. But the best of the lot was the chocolate walnut fudge sundae. Chocolate, whipped cream, walnut fudge, brownie and crumbly, chocolate filled biscuits came together in a decadent, melting mess. Each dessert cost Rs. 200 or thereabouts.
The service was very average and needed constant reminders to get our drinks. They have a super clean and very nicely done loo.
Fusion 9 is great place to have a long dinner with your friends: enjoy a few drinks (they have a vast and reasonably priced drinks menu) and some great food. I definitely intend to visit this place regularly.
Pricing: Rs. 600 per person (without drinks)
Location: 2nd Floor, Aruna Centre, 145 Sterling Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai