Flying Elephant refreshes its menu, gives you a few more reasons to head back
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It’s not easy to sustain the momentum and buzz in the restaurant space. Especially if you’re Flying Elephant, at the Park Hyatt, one of Chennai’s most buzzed restaurants in the 2010s. A new menu is one ploy restaurants use. This is not the first time Flying Elephant has given its menu a makeover. Thankfully there’s still room for our favourite chocolate cake in the new menu crafted by Chef Jyotisankar.
Few fine dining restaurants can match the scale and the decor of the Flying Elephant. To call it a restaurant is not a fair description. It’s a few dining experiences rolled into one. My favourite space is the quintessential ‘male den’ where Divya, an award-winning mixologist ceaselessly crafts wicked cocktails. We checked out some of her special mango blends for the season. Terrific.
Local produce is one of the focus areas for the new menu. It’s comforting to see restaurants taking that extra step to go local. There’s also an emphasis on salads, stuff most restaurants like to brush under the carpet. The roasted rhubarb and heart of palm salad with goat cheese, pistachio tossed in a spiced honey vinaigrette is a must try.
My favourite starter was Burrata al Forno Con Salsa di Pomodoro E Olio Di Tartufo. Minus all the Italian, this is melt-in-your-mouth Burrata cheese encased in a semolina nest. Seafood fans will dig the crispy crab cake served with a tomato and fennel salad.
If you love your seafood, the Seafood soup that combines shrimp, pink perch and shrimp is worth skipping main course for. Seafood broths can sometimes overpowering with ‘fishy’ flavours. Not this one. With all those starters, main course was a quick affair. Something we had to get past to the ultimate prize – dessert. The Dum Nalli Hassan was the star – you can’t go wrong with lamb shanks simmered for 6 hours.
The Coconut Creme Brûlée is one of the clever new additions to the dessert menu. But when in Flying Elephant always order the Signature Chocolate Cake. This is one of Chennai’s finest chocolate desserts and the one reason I keep going back to the Flying Elephant.
The Flying Elephant is at the Park Hyatt 39, Velachery Road, Guindy. It’s open for dinner on all days and lunch on Sundays. For reservations call: (044) 7177-1234