We are lucky to be part of the ‘global age’ of food. We are connected to the world like never before. This revolution has lead to change in the way we perceive ‘food’. An average customer’s palate is more refined than ever before. There is need of constant change and a genre of food is being conceptualized every day. Bengaluru has the privilege of being home to one such restaurant, which justifies and executes this concept precisely. The restaurant is Flechazo. The` concept is Mediterr-Asian.
Mediterranean Cuisine is not specific to any ethnic group or culture. Rather, the cuisine is shared by a diverse group of people who live in the region around the Mediterranean Sea. The region includes Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Israel, Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, and Morocco.
The cuisine is vegetable dominant due to the fact that the Mediterranean region is an agricultural hub. Though most used ingredient would be the Olive Oil, there is a vareid use of fresh herbs. While there is some cultural variation, eggplant, artichokes, squash, tomatoes, legumes, onions, mushrooms, okra, cucumbers, and a variety of greens and lettuces all flourish in this region and are commonly used. Meat is generally used sparingly in Mediterranean cuisine, and, in most of the Mediterranean, tends to be grilled. The close proximity to the Mediterranean Sea provides easy access to fresh seafood, which makes frequent appearances in dishes throughout the region.
What Flechazo aims at, and successfully achieves is that they combine the Mediterranean flavors with the Asian Flavours we love. This gives rise to Vegetable Spring Roll with Bamboo Shots, Paneer and Soy Keema Quesadillas, Vegetable Brochette seared in oriental sauce, Spiced Chicken in Hoisin Sauce, among others. This restaurant is run by some great people who know what they are doing and keep experimenting with food and providing us with the extreme satisfaction we deserve. The food, though is experimental, is immensely researched and prepared with caution. And believe me, when I say this, the flavors work big time.
The joint is a buffet styled theme with lots of options, which makes it very difficult for me to list all the items on the menu. But I would love to name the clear winners – Shanghai Paneer Tossed with Cashew Nuts, Asian Banana blossom Tikki crispy corn, Flechazo styled popcorn chicken, Jehangiri Lamb seekh kabab and Greek lamb Moussaka with eggplant and potato.
This restaurant is food the ‘real’ food lovers who tend to enjoy the varied taste and experimentation. There is something for everyone. Based on my conversation with the head chef, he understands the food better than most people I know and they are ready to take criticism and make better out of it. They change their menu every month, which deserves some big points from me. I have also had reviews from people I know who have been to the place and surprisingly, no one had anything bad to say about the place. So Flechazo, I have to give it to you! You guys deserve it!
Location – 5/5 (This is the only restaurant which is centrally located on the ORR)
Ambiance – 5/5 (Even though the place is jam-packed with customers, the design of the interiors makes it vibrant and fun, just like its food.)
Staff – 5/5 (No complaints)
Food – 5/5 (With delicious options to choose from, there is no complaint about the taste, quantity, and quality of the food coming out of their kitchen)
Value for Money – 5/5 (Perfect price for perfect food)
The food, hands down. The concept!