Ambiance – 3/5 | Food – 4/5 | Service – 4/5
When you are given an option to be treated at a place of your choice, nothing can get better. Since I had Flying Spaghetti Monster on my wish list for more than 2 years now, it was my obvious choice.
The place is located at the dead end in the lane beside Neerus Emporio in Banjara Hills. It was easy to locate and has valet parking to keep your car safe. It appeared a huge setup with the name flaunting in big letters outside.
As we walked in we could realise a more romantic outside seating and a formal sitting inside. We choose to sit outside with the boundary walls to our back and array of comfy cushions. We placed our order the liquids and to our dismay it started to drizzle and force shifted inside.
The place is huge inside with beautifully placed wooden chairs. It’s a glass enclosure with wooden roof. The drawback being that the place is too loud even with people laughing and giggling. It easily catches the attention of other diners. Infact, it was very irritating for us since a group of diners were talking and laughing their hearts content and due to the aerodynamics of the place we would echo everything.
So sifted through the menu to place our order and due to our lack of knowledge on Italian cuisine we were almost lost. We had to literally read through each description before we could make our mind. We settled for Pollo E Limone (Pan-grilled herb marinated chicken) & Funghi Ripieni Di Pollo (chicken stuffed mushroom) in appetizers (Antipasti). Since we wanted a bit of everything, for the main course we ordered Spagnolo (Pepperoni Pizza) , Al Quattro Formaggi (Four cheese pasta), Lasagne Napoletana (Baked chicken lasagne) & Pollo Alla Raganello (Chicken breast cooked in tomato Ragu). Phew that was lot of order!
We were told, the preparation time would be a little longer as they are freshly made.. While we waited we munched on some complimentary garlic bread. The appetizers started to arrive. The mushrooms were stuffed with chicken morsels and generous topping of cheese baked to perfection to keep the flavours intact. The pan grilled chicken cubes were tossed on dark soy to keep the tanginess alive with the flavours of herb flowing in the mouth.
Just when I thought I was full came my favourite pepperoni pizza I have been waiting for this since Peperoncino days. I couldn’t resist and gobbled up atleast half a portion but somehow missed the hype. I wished the pepperoni was little more softer and less chewy. Next came our beloved lasagne and pasta. The layers of chicken stuffed between lasagna sheet made it too tempting. Every bite was filled with goodness of loaded cheese. I was eagerly waiting for the pasta since I love anything overloaded with cheese. This four cheese pasta could only take me across the boundary of heavenly pleasures with the cheese over flowing with every spoonful. However, tomato Ragu based chicken breast took as back to earth. It was very evident that the chicken used was not thawed properly and was hard and fibrous. We informed the waitstaff and promptly they offered to replace it with Pollo Grigliata (Grilled chicken) which was juicy and succulent and the grilled vegetables on the sides gave us the desired high.
Though we were totally full and even a single spoon of anything would land us on an ambulance yet we ventured to the dessert section. A little disappointed due to lack of variety, we satisfied ourselves with a Panna Cotta. Though skeptical, it turned out decent albeit it’s portion size viz a viz its cost.
Overall, though we couldn’t get us a fine dining experience, it was definitely a premium casual dining experience. This place should be a must try for anyone looking for an Italian (though I am not sure how authenticity due to lack of knowledge on the cuisine) affair.