While its elder sibling sits in the whimsical Garden of Five Senses, this new edition of Fio – Kitchen and Bar is nested quietly in the otherwise buzzing business district of Nehru Place; the city’s newest food destination– Epicuria. The newer version Fio – Cookhouse and Bar greets its guests with its warm interiors. Fio in Epicuria is an urbane getaway that offers a sensory treat to diners who come in search of an elevated alfresco experience or a modern restaurant with a suave, international appeal. Get whisked away to a blissful world as frangipanis serenade you, transporting you into the magical atmospherics of Fio.
At Fio Cookhouse and Bar, food is a celebration in itself! We started ours with the Hot Wired (Rs. 350) – a tangy mix of fresh blackberry, lime and lemonade makes it a perfect mocktail on a sunny afternoon. We went on a Wednesday afternoon which also happens to be an all ladies afternoon at the restaurant. Thanks to our host for reserving a table for us else at looking at the jam-packed restaurant, we would have had to wait for long. This also tells the popularity of the ladies afternoon at Fio; between all the chirpings and the female giggles, we enjoyed our mocktails with the complimentary assorted breads offered to us.
The menu is an eclectic duet of European fare along with contemporary Indian dishes making it a diverse selection of culinary delights. To start the meal, we chose the signature Cookhouse Salad (Rs. 445) – tomato quenelles, snow peas, corn, green apple and baby greens topped with goat cheese and fig dressing. It was a relishing treat and had a very subtle sweet as well as tangy taste which was there to linger for long. Next on our menu was the Bruschetta (Rs.425) – it would tasted even better if the amount of cherry tomatoes was a little less as it took away the crunchiness of the bread.
But the Chef knows how to make his guests rejoicing with food; it was now time for the Phylo Tazza (Rs. 445) – artichokes, mushroom, caramelised onion blended with goat cheese were served inside edible phyllo cups. The very sight of it was very tempting and it did brought the smile back to our faces. The crispy as well as soft in-house phyllo pastry were edible cups that melted in our mouths. The restaurant has separate menus for lunch and dinner. While the lunch menu is more crisp to serve the corporate and save their time, the dinner menu is more elaborate while even more choices for starters.
For the main course, Chef presented us with another signature dish – Cookhouse Pesto Cream Cassarole (Rs. 645). An assortment of vegetables cooked in pesto cream was served in a casserole covered by a flaky layer along with assorted breads. While removing the layer, the aroma of the pesto cream and cooked vegetables is enough to make one feel more fetish towards it. The taste lived up to its aroma and the dish is a must try for those looking an authentic European serving with lots of love for food.
Coming towards the concluding ceremony of this harmonious food celebration, we were served the Fio Chocolate Flan (Rs. 395) – the sinful twist of a dark chocolate mascarpone can make anyone weak in their knees. This signature dessert was so tempting and mouth-filling that it made us forgot to click a picture of it. We will not reveal much about the dessert, go and check it yourself. One thing is sure, it will be one of the best desserts you will have.
The place is such that one cannot get enough of it, whether you are with your sweetheart, friends or family, it is so captivating. Order your favourite cuppa, sit by the large glass windows, while away a few moments idly, get inspired as the outside flows in seamlessly, bringing the space alive.
Price for two – INR 3500 for two people (With alcohol; VAT & Service Charges extra)
Address – Epicuria, Nehru Place Metro Station, Delhi
Text and image by Supriya Aggarwal