#PunekarReviews: Flying Duck

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Baner-Pashan Link Road (BPLR) has become a hub of great eateries and having tried a few of them, I have found them to be good and unique at their offerings.

Flying Duck is a (not so) new kid on the block, which serves oriental cuisine, to an extent unique by not serving the Chindian favourite Manchurian-Chilly Chicken kind of stuff.

…passionate about food and this shows in the food that they serve…

What I found interesting about the place was:

  • The portion size- it is good enough for one; if shared between two you can order multiple dishes and not be stuffed to your gills.
  • The plating/presentation of every dish- they tend to make every dish look attractive in-spite of minimalistic garnishing.

Flying Duck is run by two youngsters; Minakshi and Alakesh, who don’t have a background in the food industry but are passionate about food and this shows in the food that they serve.

Coming to the food, we ordered:

  1. Basil Chicken: we had a 5 year-old diner with us and on Alakesh’s recommendation, we ordered the Basil Chicken as it was low on spice. With prominent flavor of fresh Basil and the spice level to her liking, this was a perfect dish for our young friend.
  2. Vietnamese Caramel Chicken: This had a nice punch of chilly and caramelised sauce; a treat to the senses.
  3. Pork Chops: this is Flying Duck’s signature dish and having heard so much about it from friends and fellow foodies, this was a must-have and needless to say, it did live up to the expectation! The chops were melt-in-the-mouth, meat sliding off the bone like a hot knife through butter and the taste, oh so divine! This one is a *NOT TO BE MISSED AT ANY COST* dish at Flying Duck .
  4. For the main course, my fellow diner of the evening, Mugdha, ordered a Chicken Khow Suey. It came with the plethora of accompaniments and was a visual treat. Alakesh had mentioned that they make the best Khow Suey in Pune and Mugdha did assure us that this was by-far the best Khow Suey she’s had!
  5. My friend Shreyas ordered another highly recommended dish at FD – the Quail with Special Sauce served with Buttered Rice. This took a slightly longer time to arrive and Shreyas was a tad edgy as everyone but him had food on the table! Once the food arrived, the gentleman was totally engrossed in his food and at the end had an extremely satiated look on his face, which goes on to say a lot about the food on his plate. The way it was cooked, the taste, the flavours, the presentation, everything! Since I’m not too fond of Quail, this was the only dish which I didn’t try.
  6. Anuja got a Chicken with Spicy Sauce; the dish was, as the name implies, SPICY, but unlike other places where the spice overrides all other flavours, this was a mighty flavourful preparation.
  7. I got some Skewered Pork. Alakesh offered to make this with Pork Belly, which allowed the meat to stay succulent. The pork meat again was extremely well cooked and made for a wonderful meal.
  8. The Quail, Spicy Chicken & Skewered Pork all came with Rice, veggies and a fried Egg on top, making for a complete meal; one which after three starters between four adults and one kid, we were barely able to finish!

The food along with Iced Teas cost us Rs. 600/- per head for four adults.

Quick Notes

  • On their Signature menu they have Spicy Chicken (Ghost Chilly), which is made using the hottest chilly in the world, from Nagaland, the Bhoot Jolokia! Do try it at your own risk if you have it in you!
  • Flying Duck is a small but extremely popular place, hence do have the patience to wait for a table, once seated the food will surely blow your senses!
  • Tuesday is their weekly off, plan accordingly.

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