It is always a pleasure walking into The Flying Elephant in Park Hyatt Chennai. The place has fond memories. Poised on the water’s edge of the serene Lily Pond with its warm wood interior, stylish furnishings and atrium feel; The Flying Elephant has always embraced a futuristic architectural design. Park Hyatt Chennai has now opened a brand new bar area at The Flying Elephant. Keeping the venue intriguing with its sheer scale of space spanned across two levels, the bar offers an avant- garde multisensory experience, with its 40 feet golden-cladded bar, designed DJ consoles, an open grill kitchen and a weekend dance floor that turns into prime seating space during the weekdays.
The new beverage menu includes a 62-year malt. It features everything from the classics to independent bottlings, right through to some of the rarest whiskies in the world. We got a chance to try out some of their new delicious cocktails and paired them with the new bar menu.
We tried out the small plates from the bar menu. We started with a Three Cheese Jalapeno and Pesto Mushroom Tikka and Charcoal Lamb, Hand Pounded Garlic & Red Chilly. The mushrooms were quite amazing striking a perfect balance of cheese, jalapeno and pesto. The lamb was well-prepared, spicy and desi; just how you would like it with a nice whisky cocktail.
This was followed by the Wok-tossed Vegetarian Momos stuffed with Water Chestnut and Pok Choy served along with a spicy dip. This is one of the best vegetarian momos we have had in a while and was quite fiery and complex. We would highly recommend this one. Another recommendation would be the Shish Taouk, Chargrilled Chicken served along with Onion Sumac Salad and Turkish Bread. The succulent chicken served in skewers with bell peppers, onion salad and the bread is a meal in itself and quite satisfying one at that!
For all those who can’t think of vegetarian starters without paneer, there is the quintessential Wok Fried Chilly Paneer. Pork lovers can opt for the Pork Belly in BBQ Honey Chilly Sauce or Steamed Pork and Prawn Siu Mai in a Hot and Sour Sesame Dressing. They also have the classic Beer-batter Fish & Chips and Chicken Satay for all those who love the tried and tested.
The Flying Elephant is also propositioned to host more of live music gigs, musical theatres, stand-up comedy and poetry sessions in the near future. On weekends, it will continue to function as a high-energy club that remains open well past midnight.
Location: The Flying Elephant, Park Hyatt Chennai, Velachery Main Road
Timings: 7 pm onwards