The globe on your platter

The globe on your platter

As he travelled around the globe, he designed his experiences on a platter and introduced it to gastronomers. The 25-year-old restaurant La Casa stands tall today, thanks to the efforts of late Michael Watsa, its partner. Situated in Jayanagar, La Casa was one of the few restaurants that served world cuisine in the City in 1990s. Be it Continental, Italian, Chinese or North-Indian fare, the restaurant served a fusion of global dishes along with some draught beer.

BS Pujari, the manager of the restaurant, recalls how it all began. “The restaurant opened with four partners. But the two partners who improved it were Michael Watsa and Bhushan Oberoi. However, Michael became the lone proprietor after a few years and he, with all his culinary skills, popularised the restaurant. He passed on last month and his presence is missed in a large way. The restaurant is now managed by Michael’s wife Vatsala Watsa.”

A traveller, it is when Michael was introduced to global cuisine that the passion for cooking ignited in him. This interest became a business strategy and till date, the popular dishes are all Michael’s personal recipes. “Our restaurant is very popular for steaks and lasagne, which are both Michael’s recipes. He introduced in the menu a variety of exotic salads too,” he says. The other sought-after dishes here include  the pizzas, burgers, chicken hot pot, salads, fish and chips, ‘kebabs’ and chicken steak.

The only restaurant in the area then, it faced a lot of ups and downs. But today, the gastronomers  are all praises for it because of its open-air ambience, the food and the good service. “There are many restaurants in and around this area today. But we are still popular as we provide  quality, cleanliness and prompt service,” he says with pride.

“We also have loyal employees who have been working here since its inception. Michael always treated them with respect,” he adds.

While the weekdays see a pleasant business, the weekends witness much more. With families and youngsters coming in during the weekends, one might have to wait for a brief time here .

“We have 75 per cent of the regular crowd. The old timers like to see the young ones and vice-versa,” he explains. With modifications in their menu every once a year, they offer special menu on the eve of New Year, which includes prawns and mutton. The restaurant is located on  774, 33rd Cross, 10th Main, 4th Block, Jayanagar. For details, call 22454613.

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