Review: Fusion 9 (Continental- Indian- Italian- Mediterranean- Japanese)
5th Floor, Inorbit Mall, Hitech City, Hyderabad. Ph # 040 69993377
Chilling out with friends is always rejuvenating, especially when you have met after a long time. The evening definitely demanded celebration of a kind and so, on our friend’s request, we headed to a restaurant, which was not too far or too close by, to raise a toast to our get together.
‘Fusion9, Hyderabad’ as the name goes is known to serve cuisine, which is an eclectic mix or blend of taste and aroma. With ‘continental’, Indian, Italian and Mexican ruling the menu, we decided to get a little bit of everything to start with.
Although, the restaurant is located on the top floor of the mall, it’s better in terms of positioning. It at least, manages to ward of the incessant chatter of the rolling crowd, a typical sighting at the 4th floor. On its entrance, rests a floor to ceiling row of shelves, stacking bright colored jars. Now this one did catch my fancy, as it lit up the space, which otherwise had single solid browns in color theme.
The little Buddha figurine also looked radiant in the front, with bright light over it. Not to mention the delicatessen section that looked quite appealing with every kind of baked confection inside the pristine glass case. The restaurant claims is decently large to accommodate fairly substantial number of people inside. However, we preferred a deck seat outside, to enjoy the fairly good weather.
With a beautiful view of ‘Durgam Cheruvu’ lake below and some neat seating arrangement, the deck seating definitely steals the show. However, brighter lighting on the tables would have been better and pepped up the mood for sure.
Service was definitely up to the mark. On the mention of me reviewing the restaurant, the manager did ensure that I got good views for my pictures. The attendants were also prompt in their service and did take orders, including the ones, which were kind of customized by us.
Since spending time was the main agenda, we decided to go slow with the food and so ordered a plethora of starters first. Since our friends were vegetarians, we decided to bring in variety in that section.
We began with vegetable clear soup, which was fresh and delicately aromatic.
We then ordered vegetarian starters to the tune of crispy fried water chestnut with sweet chili sauce, Mexican stuffed potato skin, Grilled mushroom teriyaki and cheese garlic bread.
For mocktails, we had virgin mojito, fresh lime soda and peach iced tea. Virgin mojito had too much of ice, so the taste kind of diluted after a few sips, leaving a faint lingering taste of mint behind. Peach iced tea tasted amazingly fresh and made up for the mojito.
For those of you, who do not know what exactly ‘water chestnut’ is, let me give you a synonym for the same. It’s called ‘pani phal’ in north India and I was definitely impressed with the dish. Finally, vegetarians could dig into a vegetarian starter, which was good to taste and not the typical ‘paneer’ or ‘babycorn’.
The crispy fried water chestnut was a fresh take on our regular crispy fried chili paneer or babycorn. The chestnut was crunchy and tasted well with the tantalizing coating of sweet chili sauce and spring onion trimmings.
Grilled mushroom teriyaki was simply stuffed mushrooms, coated in teriyaki sauce. It was neither sweet, neither salty, but leaned more on the spicy side.
What came as a surprise was the Mexican stuffed potato skin. The skins were crispy fried on the outside and meticulously stuffed inside with spicy corn mix, laced in generous additions of tangy salsa and light cream. The sharp contrast of flavors, along with the crunchiness of the potato skin was simply superb!
The cheese garlic bread was also quite fresh and went well with the assortment of starters, we had ordered.
Despite being too full, we couldn’t help, but order the main course, to while more time. We ordered a plain Margherita Pizza and a spaghetti dish, out of the menu, which was more of a customized request.
The Margherita pizza was delicately flavored with black olives, sundried tomatoes, mozzarella and pesto. Considering the condition we were in, it looked quite big, but the thin crust allowed us to nibble over it in no time.
The spaghetti dish was typical boiled spaghetti in a thick tomato based arabiatta sauce, which was mildly flavored with basil and thyme. It looked definitely quite appealing with red sauce, plus it tasted and smelled absolutely fresh of herbs.
Starters are definitely a huge hit in here. Vegetarians will have a blast in ‘Fusion 9’. The food is definitely fresh and comes in decent portions.
Although, a little expensive, the good food did compensate for that humongous amount in our bill. All that food for four people finally amounted to Rs.4000, inclusive of taxes.