The Flying Saucer Café at Epicuria mall has recently got an upgrade and has launched their menu avatar- The Flying Saucer Café Version 2.0. Everything from the branding to the menu has changed, so gone are the bright yellow and white signboards, giving way to the new color theme of black and red, with cute little slogans pasted across the windows. The open air seating is also quite charming, with bright red cushions on the wooden furniture, and mist fans providing relief from the hot weather.
The place is famous for its Sufi nights, and also has nice music and some exquisite sheesha flavors.
Coming to the food, the new menu has a nice variety.
We tried the Kachoris, which were nice and crisp, and had been fried at the right temperature, so the oil hadn’t soaked in. The dal mixture inside was quite tasty, though the kachoris could have done with a bit more of the filling. The Onion Rings were really nicely coated in panko crumbs and fried to a crisp. The onions were adequately soft, while still retaining a bite to them, and the tandoori masala spiked mayonnaise served alongside was really tasty. The Achari Paneer Tacos were another successful dish, with flaky mini parathas topped with cottage cheese cubes marinated in a tangy spice mix and topped with some fresh onions and coriander. The Crispy Ginger Thai Chicken was not as successful. Though the covering was extremely crispy and the flavor of lemongrass did come through in the chicken, since the ratio of chicken to covering was a bit off, the overall mouth-feel of the dish was rather dry. The Chicken Poppers were quite nice, as they had a thin, crispy coating and were filed with a gooey, cheesy chicken mixture which was flavored nicely with herbs and spices.
For the main course, we tried the Ratatouille and Grilled Chicken Breast. The Ratatouille was an Indianized version of the same, and it was actually a cross between Karahi Paneer and a traditional Ratatouille. The dish had paneer, and lots of veggies like bell peppers and zucchini. The base was a typical north-Indian one with tomatoes, onions and spices. Overall, a really tasty dish. The chicken dish was quite scrumptious too- it consisted of two well-cooked, moist chicken breasts, rubbed with herbs and spices and stuffed with diced and sautéed mushrooms. The accompaniments (cream sauce, spinach mashed potatoes and grilled veggies) were all nicely done as well.
The restaurant is known for its exotic drinks as well. Though we stuck to the non-alcoholic ones, these were no less either. The Adam’s Punch, a green apple and vanilla sugar smoothie was aptly sweetened and had a nice freshness from the green apples. The Red Lemonade, which was a mix of grated beetroot and ginger, topped with lemonade was a very different and delicious drink, perfect for the season!
Overall, though a few dishes do require some tweaks, the new menu does show promise. A nice place to hang out!
Overall Rating: 3.75/5
Location: Ground Floor, Epicuria Food Mall, Nehru Place, New Delhi
Phone No.: 9560088341/ 9560088342