Destination Good Food at Fly Kouzina

Are you one of those staunch non-vegetarians who runs in the opposite direction from anything green? Most of those who know me will certainly agree that the above describes me perfectly. I had been hearing good things about Fly Kouzina ever since it opened via friends and fellow food enthusiasts , however because its vegetarian I sort of never got around to going there. Then one day I received a lovely invite from them for a Bloggers Meet Up but regretfully I already had a prior commitment so that fell through. I finally made it a couple of weeks back and was truly surprised at the way my evening turned out.

If you have a thing for airplanes then you’re going to warm up to this restaurant immediately. The attention to detail from the personalized Boarding Passes with seat numbers printed, to the seating, to the crew uniforms on the service staff, to the simulated LCD windows to enjoy the “view” while you dine all seriously enhance your experience. Service is warm and efficient and fairly quick even though the place is chock a block full on a week night.

We started our culinary flight at Fly Kouzina with a Strawberry Margarita Mocktail and a Strawberry Mojito Mocktail and Bharwan Firdosi Tandoori Aloo, Brocolli Corn Dumplings, Cheese Balls and Malai Paneer Tikki all of which were seriously delicious. The Malai Paneer Tikki was brilliant and I loved it and was my pick of the starters. Then we tried the Pesto Cheese Shaslik and a Risotto both of which were nice. This was followed by the Indian Mains we ordered Paneer Butter Masala , Pindi Channa , Dal Makhani and an assortment of Naan and Roti. The Indian mains were excellent and I really liked the Paneer Butter Masala which was very well made. We ended this delicious journey with Gulab Jamuns that were served piping hot and hit the perfect sweet spot.

The restaurant is actually in two sections, the one where we were seated had interiors like an airplane and the other was a lounge section themed with photos of aircrafts, model airplanes, a large wooden propeller and so on.

I really enjoyed my experience there and surprisingly enjoyed my dinner thoroughly and certainly did not miss the absence of non-vegetarian items. I would happily go back anytime and look forward to my next visit soon. And for my vegetarian friends this is a place you simply cannot afford to miss out on. An ideal destinations for a delicious meal with family and friends.

Great work Team Fly Kouzina ! Rishi Singhal and Mohit Harlalka, the two young men behind Fly Kouzina …. Hope this is the first of many successes for you both. I enjoyed talking about our common passion for food.

 

DISCLAIMER :  The Culinary Commentator was invited to dine as a guest of The Management but the views expressed are solely their own.

Picture Credits : Suneha Saha


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My Peshawari Experience during Restaurant Week India

Cellar Door Hospitality with Ola – the popular mobile app for transportation – today announced the return of Restaurant Week from Friday, 16th September to Sunday, 25th September, 2016, featuring the country’s finest restaurants across Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. Reservations exclusively on http://www.restaurantweekindia.com.

Restaurant Week India gives discerning food enthusiasts the opportunity to dine at some of India’s finest restaurants at a fraction of a la carte rates. The menu items will include gluten free, vegan, low carb and low sugar options for health conscious diners. This year, all Restaurant Week diners will receive complimentary Ola rides to and from their meals in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. Diners in Kolkata will enjoy their culinary experience at INR 900 for lunch or dinner. All pricing stated are per diner, exclusive of applicable taxes, service charges as well as dishes ordered outside of the special menu. Signature options over and above an extensive hand-picked menu, giving diners the option of experiencing a restaurant’s signature dish at an incremental cost.

List of Participating Restaurants in Kolkata:

  1. Bodega Cantina Y Bar, Park Street*
  2. Gucchi, Hyatt Regency Kolkata*
  3. La Cucina, Hyatt Regency Kolkata
  4. Pan Asian, ITC Sonar
  5. Peshawri, ITC Sonar
  6. Saffron, The Park Kolkata
  7. Smoke House Deli, Ballygunge*
  8. Souk, Taj Bengal Kolkata
  9. Studio – The Pan Asian Galerie, Novotel Kolkata Hotel and Residences
  10. The Legacy Grill, The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata
  11. West View, ITC Sonar*
  12. Yauatcha, Quest Mall
  13. Zen, The Park Kolkata
  14. Kalash, Hotel Hindustan International, Kolkata

 

I was invited to dine at Peshawari at ITC Sonar for a preview meal and was rather delighted as its one of my personal favorites and they dish out delicious food. Peshawari is famous for its North West Frontier Cuisine and I absolutely love its rustic charm and impeccable service. We visited over dinner and were warmly greeted and escorted to our table.

The RWI Special Menu’s were presented to us which was a formality because I had already checked it out on the RWIWebsite and knew exactly what we were going to eat. Our selection was Murgh Malai Kebab , Mutton Burrah Kebab , Dal Bukhara , Chicken Khurchan , Pudina Lachha Paratha and Butter Naan. While waiting we were served the usual roasted Papad, Onion Salad and Green Chutney which we dove into.

The food at Peshawari is cooked in the tandoor in the traditional style of the Indian North-West Frontier region. This style of cooking requires great skill since the meat is not accompanied by any gravy. It takes a Chef years to master the technique of making the breads that are a vital part of the cuisine, or to acquire the ability to gauge spices, mix marinades, and the most vital of all, to judge the heat of the tandoor and the time necessary for each dish to be perfectly cooked. Another unique feature of the cuisine is the use of prime cuts of meat, marinated with the choicest of spices and skillfully cooked on high heat, while remaining tender and juicy. The world renowned Dal Bukhara is a combination of whole black lentils, tomatoes, ginger and garlic, cooked and simmered over slow coal fires of the tandoor overnight for 18 hours at a stretch! It is one of the longest cooked lentils in the world and I absolutely love it.

 

While dining, guests are given checked aprons and are encouraged to eat with their hands to experience the food through all their senses. Over the years I have grown rather fond of the apron and refer to it as my bib! The view of the kitchen, with the bustling chefs, adds to the warmth and makes the experience feel rather interactive. The promptness with which the food is prepared and served only enhances the experience.

Our food arrived and it was well worth the anticipation. The gorgeous juicy murgh malai kebab and the burrah kebab were sublime. Tender, bursting with robust flavors, cooked to perfection, the slight smoky char elevating the dish even further. I could write a poem about it! The mutton burrah kebab is my top pick and one of their Signature Dishes on this year’s RWI menu and a must try. I was in heaven… a bite of kebab and a bit of my Pudina Paratha dipped in the delicious Dal Bukhara transported me to a very happy place. The chicken was also excellent, two huge pieces of chicken delicately spiced and cooked with a slight smoky char. The Chicken Khurchan which I confess was very good but I had not much place left for, paired well with the butter naan. However I am partial to the Pudina Lachha Paratha that Peshawari serves. By now we were absolutely full but as always gluttony won over prudence and we ordered up dessert. Kulfi and Gulab Jamun were our selections. The Kulfi was creamy, delicious and perfect after our overindulgence with the mains. The Gulab Jamun was excellent as well, I prefer mine served cold and they were kind enough to oblige.

We were absolutely delighted with our dinner and I highly recommend all lovers of good food to check out the Restaurant Week India website. Fine dining at affordable prices across excellent venues with custom curated menu’s showcasing their fare is too good to be missed.

DISCLAIMER : The Culinary Commentator was invited by the management. The views expressed however are entirely their own.

Picture Credit: Suneha Saha


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Kolkata are you ready for the MoBar Mojo!

Monkey Bar is finally here in The City of Joy. Bought to us by Olive Cafés South Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of Olive Bar and Kitchen Pvt. Ltd, one of India’s premier stand-alone restaurant brands, helmed by award winning Chef Manu Chandra and hospitality operations expert Chetan Rampal, it was first launched in Bangalore in mid-2012, the gastropub currently has two outposts in Delhi, one in Bangalore and one in Mumbai and now opens in Kolkata with Avantika Saraogi coming on board, giving the brand a national footprint. Monkey Bar, the Indian avatar of the Gastropub, puts its own unique spin on the internationally popular concept. It has the essence of a pub backed by excellent food and service.

I am a huge fan of the brand and have visited the Monkey Bar in Delhi on a number of occasions. I was rather curious to see its Kolkata avatar and when I was invited for a Blogger’s tasting last week I absolutely adored it. They have retained the vibe of the other Mo Bars with the exposed brickwork and the touches of green, however they have successfully blended in the local Kolkata vibe as well which I really appreciate. A massive wall art depicts the hustle and bustle of the city, amalgamating the chaos, warmth and joy of Kolkata with its heritage architecture, brought to life by local Kolkata artists Sumanta Dey and Partha Roy in collaboration with Aradhana Dalmia.  Light fixtures sourced from local markets add to the charm and the views are spectacular from the tall windows that give the space such a colonial feel. The outdoor area beckons with comfortable seating and creates a lovely space to chill out with friends and come the cooler months will become everybody’s favorite corner at Mo Bar.

Being the first Gastro Pub in the country and headed up by the fantastic Manu Chandra the menu is a smorgasbord of delights for both the vegetarians and non-vegetarians. From small plates with a contemporary taste to comfort food with a twist it’s all there. The Menu available at Mo Bar, Kolkata has retained many of their signature dishes but also added new ones. They have a whole range of Pizza’s here along with their fantastic burgers. But it’s the small plates with influences from pan India and world cuisine that are the highlights for me. Some of those we sampled were absolute gems.  Mac & Cheese Croquettes with Broccoli & peas – golden fried comfort, Smoked Beetroot and Beans Galouti- melt in mouth veg galouti, Med Platter – Falafel, spinach, cheese filo parcels, hummus, and baba ganoush, with pita bread which was brilliant. Prawn Pil Pil – tossed in olive oil served with garlic rubbed toast, soak up the bread in the olive oil its delicious, rustic and soul satisfying. Tikki of Joy – Kolkata inspired Bhetki fish cutlets served with mint chutney. Tiger Beef – Slices of steak tossed with chilli paste, black beans, galangal, ginger, was one of the highlights the beef slices perfectly cooked and the flavors of galangal, blackbean and chilli make it an absolute delight. Their signature dish Butterfly Chicken is a crowd pleaser – sweet, spicy, crispy bits of chicken stuffed in their butterfly shaped shells. The other personal favorite is the MoBar Caramelized Ribs – slow cooked pan caramelized pork ribs with house made barbecue sauce which are absolutely a must order for me. The delicious Chicken Chapli Kebab – indian spiced marinated delicious kebabs that are juicy heavenly nuggets of delight .The Butter Chicken Khichdi which was one of the highlightsof the wet rainy evening for us – creamy mung daal khichdi with butter chicken folded in. Served with khichdi ke paanch yaar – ghee, papad, dahi, kachumbar & achaar was the dish that surprised us most, I mean khichdi is not a dish you think of ordering in a Gasropub ! And yes they do have a vegetarian version. The awesome Goan Chorizo Pav – chunks of goan sausages, sautéed with condiments stuffed inside toasted cocktail sized pav was superb. I sampled these delights over two meals incase your all wondering how much I possibly ate!

Dessert was outstanding, we sampled the Gondhoraj Lime Tart – delicate, delicious and if you like citrus flavors a must order. The Snicker Bar – milk chocolate ganache, dark chocolate micro cake, hazelnut praline cream and salted caramel gel …. Sinfully delicious and highly recommended. Those who read my blog know how much I love chocolate and this was delicious!

The whole Monkey Bar experience is accentuated by their superb cocktails. Some are the signature ones like Copper Monkey which is a personal favorite made with Whisky and Orange Juice as primary ingredients.  Mangaa is the other Signature cocktail a delightful and refreshing mix of Vodka and Aam Panna. We also sampled Mad Men (Whisky,Coffee) , Pack-a-Punch (Rum,Brandy and Apple) and Toast to Calcutta (Gin,Gondhoraj Cordial)  all of which were lovely and went down easy. As quirky and cool as their names.

However this blog would be incomplete if I did not write about what it is that makes me love this place so much beside the wonderful food and great cocktails served up. It’s their vibe, the mojo you feel that all the Monkey Bar’s seem to have …. it’s fun , it’s cool , it makes you feel like you’re a part of it and embraces you , sort of grabs your hand and says come let’s play and yet it has an underlying laid back elegance that blends beautifully with all the quaint quirks and makes it different from other similar places. It’s the MoBar Mojo! Pay the place a visit and experience it for yourself!

Quick Facts

Wallet Factor:  Meal for two without alcohol, excluding taxes: Rs. 1200++

                            Meal for two with alcohol, excluding taxes: Rs. 1800++

Open from: Tuesday to Fri 4 pm to 1 am; Sat & Sun 12:00 noon to 1:00 am.

                       Monday closed, Thursday dry Day.

 

DISCLAIMER : The Culinary Commentator was invited to Bloggers Meet’s hosted by the Management. However the views expressed are entirely my own.

Picture Credits : Suneha Saha

 

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