10 January 2014

Restaurant Review: The Flying Saucer Cafe, Nehru Place

Flying Saucer is a cafe that's located in the famous Epicuria Mall of Nehru Place(the mall with the metro station). Situated right adjacent to Fio Cookhouse, this place does more business than any of the eateries in this mall, or even around it for that matter.

A valet parking that charges 50 bucks, this place an entrance from the main road too(for those who want to park their vehicles outside the mall and pay only 20 bucks). 

The place is HUGE! With seating both outdoors and indoors, this place by far has the most beautiful al fresco seating I've seen in Delhi for a while! With such impeccable decor outside, with the entire area surrounded by well manicured garden right beside it, the outdoor seating is really breathtaking! 

The indoors are no less. With wooden work dominating the decor inside, the lighting is a mix of shades of orange and yellow. Dimly-lit but adequately lit, the indoors of this place has a really impressive bar that's accessible from all 4 sides. It's not a 'counter' where you go to buy your drink and struggle to get the attention of the bartender, it's a bar that's accessible from all 4 sides with enough waiters to cater to you.

I've been to this place on weekdays, on weekends, for dinner, for lunch, during the peak and non-peak hours; I was here even on day 1 that it opened, and with this I say I have experienced their service at all times. The servers are really attentive during lunch, but not so much during dinner hours. And Saturdays they are painfully slow! They don't seem to be understaffed, but they still are! So my tip would be - order your drinks in one go, and go about ordering food as and when you want.

With some dishes being phenomenal, some being decently good and a very small percentage being average, their food on a whole is really yummy!
Penne in Mixed Sauce is crazy good! Perfectly cooked pasta and that super delicious sauce!

The Penne Alfredo is good too, but a little low on seasoning and salt. 

Their Penne in Pesto Sauce, however, is bad!! There's no taste whatsoever in that pasta! 

The shawarmas are great! The dressing and stuffing inside the shawarma is put generously, and they taste absolutely heavenly! 

Their Patata Bravas are decent - the dressing is outstanding but the potatoes could do with being more crisp. Nothing beats the Patata Bravas at Fork You. Being from the same management as Flying Saucer, I really feel the chefs at Flying Saucer should master this dish by learning from Fork You. 

The Pizzas are absolutely awesome! I've tried both their veg and non veg pizzas, and they're both really nice. A lovely sauce for the pizza base and that yummy cheese, their pizzas really deserve all the appreciation!

The Mezze Platter is simply superb! All the variants in the platter, the cheeese cigars, the falafel, the spinach filled delights, everything is equally delectable and perfectly cooked! But the problem comes in with the dips and the pita breads. You can't give miniscule quantities of hummus and tzatziki in a platter and expect the customers to be okay with it. The same goes for pita bread too. And when you ask for extra hummus and pita bread with the platter, they automatically assume you're asking for a new portion of it, because they don't give you these things extra with the platter. My plea to them is - please increase the quantities of your dips and the number of pita pockets that you give, nobody will ask for anything extra then. The reason why people ask for extra dips and pita is because what you provide in the platter doesn't suffice. 

They have some uber cool deals on shots and drinks. The deals with shots are for 6, 12 and 25 shots, and the deals with drinks are the happy hours that you find everywhere else. The shots come with all the mixers included too.

Their Mojito is just perfect - not too sweet and not too strong! The other mocktails, which I've never tried but my friends have, are also amazing - as told by them.

The hookahs here are another great thing that attracts the crowd. The hookah service is good and they have all the flavours available.

The place doesn't burn a hole in your pocket, the quantities are lovely, the taste of the dishes is the king here. And it feels great to go to a place that's a cafe-cum-bar but doesn't ignore the taste of the food, just like many other places in Delhi do.

It's one of my favourite places in Delhi and I repeat - their al fresc co seating is one of the best in Delhi! The food is good, the place is great, so there's nothing stopping you from going here. You can go here for nightlife, for a date with your loved one, for lunch with your friends or just for a couple of drinks in the evening - the place has something for all!

Address: Ground Floor, Epicuria Food Mall, Nehru Place, New Delhi

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