Fio Cookhouse & Bar : Beautiful Place, Mixed Food

Interiors-Fio-2-2
Fio Cookhouse & Bar is located in Epicuria, the much epic ‘food court’ located in the premises of Nehru Place Metro station. Fio is surprisingly spacious with quite a few tables on the outside which are termed Al Fresco which in simpler words just means casual dining in an open area. Stepping inside, its at par with some of the more modern restaurant designs that I have seen, tall roofs, some greenery inside and the air conditioning done in such a way that its gives a natural feel to the place. Very pleasant for borderline claustrophobes like me.

Inside Fio
Classy looking Fio

We started off with ordering cocktails and drinks. We tried three cocktails Bellini Martini, Lemon Martini and Whiskey Sour. Lemon Martini is not on the current menu and hopefully would be added to the menu they are going to introduce soon. Though three of them cocktails were nicely done, however I experienced the use of Thyme in a cocktail for the first time and I must say I quite enjoyed it. Whether it was the novelty factor of experiencing something new, only time can tell.

Bellini Martini
Lemon Martini
Whiskey Sour

Then came in the bread-basket along with assortment of oils, vinegar and other condiments. The thing that caught our attention was Duqqa, which is supposed to be eaten with bread as Hors d’oeuvre. A quick google search tells me that its an Egyptian side dish of which you can have many versions. In the one that was served to us we were told that a huge variety of nuts have gone into it. Talking about the taste, nothing that really caught my fancy. I am someone who appreciates and loves fresh bread, I love trying them with various olive oils but then the bread here did not really leave its mark on me.

Breads served on the table
Duqqa – To be mixed with Butter and/or olive oil and eaten with bread.

Oil, vinegar and other condiments.

Next up was Flamed Feta Salad which is a mix of Bell peppers, cucumber, onion, tomato, olive, herb vinaigrette topped with hot (flamed) feta cheese, which I have a soft corner for. Fresh ingredients, tasty dressings, just the right mix for a salad.

Flamed Feta Salad

We ordered three dishes from their ‘Shareable Small Plates’ section and thankfully there was nothing small about the portion sizes. First one was Crusty Fish Finger, which did not work at any level any of us three. The only thing that we enjoyed was fried potato ‘lachha’ on top of the fish. The second dish being Cookhouse Mezze Platter which comprises of Pane, hummus, tzatziki, aubergine, tapenade, red lentil quenelles. Pane turned out be bread which had a dressing of garlic in olive oil (I would assume) on top of it and it tasted very nice. All the dips were done very nicely and quenelles offered perfect replacement for the falafel which we are so used to eating in mezze platters or with humus and dips in general. The third dish Spit Fired Grilled Chicken was also the star of evening, also proving once again that how much in love with chillies we Indians are. Chicken breasts perfectly rolled with some peri peri chilli inside. The breast was done perfectly neither it was under-cooked nor chewy. The Chilli did its job well and left quite a fire in the mouth. A must try dish if you like hot chics, I mean chickens which are hot.

Crusty Fish Fingers
 Spit Fired Grilled Chicken – Can you see the red chilli peeking out?
For the mains we went for a mix of cuisines, we ordered a pizza with Smoked Chicken, Zucchini, Red onion, & Cilantro which was quite nice as a pizza, however nothing stood out for us. Please mind that does not make it a bad pizza, its still a very good pizza by all means, but then now a days you get a good one at lot of place, nothing distinguishing this one from others.  The came in the Grilled Prawns which were marinated beautifully with lemon and cilantro. The taste of the marination, seasonings and dressings was lovely, however the quality of the prawn itself left a lot to be desired, not sure if it was due to the way they were cooked or just bad quality of raw prawns, passed on the message to chef, would leave it to the professionals to fix.

Pizza

Mutton Nalli Pulao was ordered to taste what they are doing in the Indian section and we were not disappointed at all. The taste of the dish was brilliant with aroma being more magical. The fragrance of rice, saffron and mint was good enough to intoxicate you. However the only downside being the cut of the meat, as Sahil Mahajan tells me, for those who order nalli and know how to eat it properly, might just struggle with it. Last of the mains, but not the least was Raviolo which apparently is the big brother of Ravioli. We ordered the vegetarian version of the same and it came stuffed with a mix which primarily comprised spinach and ricotta cheese, and despite the onslaught of food and flavors before it, we still ended up appreciating it. One of the better things we tried that evening for sure.

Raviolo
Coming to the most important part of this review, it was time for desserts and we had heard great things about desserts that this place has to offer. First up was Tiramisu Jar which I am sure was a novel idea when it started (if it was started by fio) but now I know of several other small and big players which you jar as a prop for their Tiramisu. It taste it was quite good, if not the best out there. Second was the Fio Chocolate flan which is a cake of three layers and about 70% of it has to be dark chocolate topped up with a layer of mascarpone cheese. Sinful was the word, a must try for chocolate lovers. They also serve something called Fresh Baked 15 min Cake, which is made of Carrots & Raisins and served with raspberry ice-cream. This one was subtly sweet, and its freshness was its USP. Felt light compared to the other two desserts and with ice-cream melting into it, it was take to the next level. A must have for those who like their desserts to be on subtle side.

The Chocolate Flan – I was not kidding about 70% of chocolate you see. 

I generally refrain from commenting on service when I am being invited for a review, however I must mention that the staff here seemed quite knowledgeable and courteous, something you do expect from a place at that price point. I have also not mentioned prices here we as did not pay for the meal, nor you can judge such places on value for money.

Overall a mixed experience in food, however I can definitely go back for that Spit fire grilled Chicken, while I sip on my whiskey sour to douse the fire of Piri piri chilli. A portion of Raviolo would just hold me good, while I save some appetite for those gorgeous desserts. And the best part – All this in a very comfortable and welcoming environment which allows you to kick back and have a good time. 

Author: Shashank

CFE – Cheap Food Enthusiast Entrepreneur by birth, hippie by heart he is here just because he loves to eat. This adventurous biker is constantly looking for new avenues to satisfy his insatiable hunger for food & life. Though he loves sugar dense food, there is nothing sugar coated about him- brutally honest with his words, he often ruffles feathers with his stark naked opinions about food, fancy restaurants & orthodox ideas.

1 thought on “Fio Cookhouse & Bar : Beautiful Place, Mixed Food”

  1. Totally agree Lemon Martini with Thyme was actually good..need to go back for some more.. and yes the 15 mins cake.. above all grt company to savour all the yum yum delicacies.

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