Ever since the Flying Saucer Sky bar opened its doors for Puneites sometime in December, I have been hearing rave reviews about the place from pretty much everybody who has been there. The fact that they come from the same group that runs Fork You in Delhi (another place that the Delhi foodies are raving about) further had me interested. An opportunity to finally visit this place finally came up thanks to the Zomato team which had organized a Foodie Meetup at Flying Saucer a couple of days ago.
Flying Saucer is located on the rooftop of a new commercial building in Viman Nagar and they also have a section on the 9th floor which is pretty nice too. The rooftop however has an amazing view of the neighborhood and the gentle breeze, the perfectly placed bar, comfy seating, lively music which isn’t oo loud to discourage conversations and quirky bar lighting, all together creates the perfect setting for a chilled out evening.
The food menu and the bar menu, are both very extensive and there is something to suit everyone’s palette. I had run through the menu before and seen how much variety they had. But that made me have my set of doubts, because many places introduce a lot of variety in terms of cuisine but don’t do justice to any cuisine; but I am glad to say that the Flying Saucer did prove to be an exception and pretty much everything we sampled that day was spectacular. The menu for the Foodie Meetup was curated by the Zomato team and The Flying Saucer’s Corporate Chef Sagar Bajaj. And woah! There really was a lot of food! It was practically impossible for me to taste everything on the menu, but this is what I tasted at the Meetup:
Nachos with sour cream: Nice and crispy nachos, and they did not go soggy even a long time after they were sitting in the sour cream topping. Perfect to go with drinks.
Fish Mahi Tikka: Mindblowing tikka, probably the most melt in the mouth kinds that I had, the flavor from fresh herbs was excellent.
Ajwaini Prawn Tikka: The prawns were cooked perfectly, and the heat from the carom seeds and yellow chilli marination was subtle enough to not mask the delicateness of the prawns.
Banno Murgh Kababs: Very succulent chicken kababs, with mild spices.
Bang Bang Chicken: A very beautifully presented dish, had perfectly fried chicken with well-balanced oriental sauces.
Chipotle prawns: Again the prawns were cooked perfectly, and the Chipotle rub was nice and spicy, so it suits the Indian palette quite well.
Til ke kabab: Vegetarian kababs, with a crunchy sesame seed coat outside and a very nice garam masala hit once you bite into it.
Spanish baby potatoes: Fried baby potatoes, tossed in a bell pepper and tomato sauce, balanced quite well.
Risotto di Fungi: I had the mushroom Risotto for mains, the rice was cooked al dente (like it should), and the cheese, mushroom and herb flavors were excellent.
Blueberry cheesecake: The desserts counter again had some sinfully delicious desserts that were Chef’s specials. I opted for a blueberry cheesecake. The biscuit base was crumbly and buttery, the cheesecake was layered, with alternating cheese and blueberry layers. The good thing is that they don’t just use blueberry jam for the topping, it has some whole blueberries too, which really adds to the texture.
The Chef spoke to us about his food philosophy before we started, and I am really happy that it really transcends into the food we tasted and the flavors are really the stars of the food served here.
Thank you Team Zomato and The Flying Saucer team for the wonderful dining experience. Thank you to the fellow foodies for the great conversations about food. This place is a great new addition to Pune’s food scene and would love to visit again.
Note: I was invited for the meet by Zomato, and did not pay for the meal, have written my unbiased opinion here, but this should be mentioned.