If you are shocked to see a review of a vegetarian restaurant on the blog, I don’t really blame you. And I get this reaction a lot when I go to a veg restaurant or put up pics of veg food. “You eating vegetarian? What happened? Is there something wrong? etc etc. Obviously, being born a Bengali, eating fish and meat is in my genes but I do enjoy vegetarian food as well. Especially, north Indian, oriental and a few continental veg dishes. And one of the best places to enjoy veg food in Kolkata is definitely at Fly Kouzina, Salt Lake. It is a pure veg restaurant and is also Kolkata’s first aircraft themed restaurant.
The interiors are designed to give the feel of an aircraft. There are two seating areas. The first cabin is for larger groups of diners and the second cabin is for smaller groups of four. They are so much into the theme that you have an air hostess greeting you when you first enter and giving you a boarding pass with your name and seat number printed on it. Don’t ignore this pass as just another prop though. It is actually your pass to a discount on your next visit so keep it safely. Once ‘boarded’, window screens beside each table will make you feel that your flight is taking off or landing. I found the decor fun, innovative and children will especially enjoy it.
Coming to the food, they have an extremely elaborate menu of Indian, Oriental and Italian vegetarian dishes along with a range of mocktails. I tried Berry Blast, a tangy, refreshing drink with lots of crushed ice and perfect for summer. For starters, I would definitely recommend the Broccoli Corn Dumplings. A stuffing of crunchy broccoli and corn in a thin dumpling with a spicy garlic sauce. Very different from the usual veg dumplings and worth trying. I also liked the Vegetable Lollipop.
For main course, I tried the Cannelloni Florentine with garlic bread and Dal Makhani with Cheese Naan. The Cannelloni was a cheesy mixture of pasta and spinach and very tasty. I honestly did not miss the addition of meat or fish in this dish. Naan and Dal Makhani is my all time favorite veg food and Fly Kouzina made a really good Dal Makhani. Creamy, thick and pure comfort food! For dessert, I was told to try the Gulab Jamun which is made in the restaurant and not store bought. The soft, spongy and melt in the mouth Gulab Jamun was the perfect way to end a very wholesome and delicious lunch.
If you enjoy good food, irrespective of whether you are vegetarian or non-vegetarian, Fly Kouzina is a place that is worth visiting. I am definitely going back again.
What: Fly Kouzina
Where: AD 73, Sector I, Salt Lake (near BD Market bus stop)
When: Noon-4pm, 7pm-10.45pm
Pocket pinch for two: Rs 1200 (approx)