Although Food Delivery startups are headed towards a consolidation, a few (like Faasos) that have tight control over their menu and services. are showing strong growth. These “personal kitchen” apps are ideal for bachelors who don’t have time to cook and are looking for inexpensive, quick meals. Over the past couple of months we have seen a local competitors pop-up with their own twist. I had earlier reviewed Eatbliss, which focused on serving healthy and homely food. Last week, a new service called Flying Chef sent me a few sample dishes.
Flying Chef operates out of Madhapur, and serves Madhapur, HITEC City, and Kondapur. The menu offers a focused selection of Hyderabadi khana. There are a couple of veg and non-veg starters, a couple of veg and non-veg curries, four varieties of Biryani, and rotis. I was sent a plate of Chicken Biryani, Mutton Biryani, Chicken Manchurian, Ginger Chicken, and Rumali Roti. The packaging was very neat and secure, and all the dishes were warm at the time of delivery.
Chicken Manchurian and Ginger Chicken are popular in Indo-Chinese restaurants across the country. But, in Hyderabad, these Indo-Chinese delicacies have dropped any pretension of Oriental roots and evolved into lip-smacking, punchy street-food. Flying Chef’s Manchurian and Ginger Chicken belong to this gharana. The Manchurian is a fiery, semi-dry preparation that’s great as a stand-alone starter as well as a side dish for Indian breads. The Biryanis are among the better ones that I’ve eaten in this part of the city. Not too ‘maasaledar’, but adequately moist and flavourful. The meats were perfectly cooked with both the mutton and the chicken being tender and juicy. The salaan has room for improvement, but good Biryani doesn’t need any accompaniments.
The portion sizes were generous, and sufficient for four to five people. Dishes on the Flying Chef’s menu start from around ninety bucks, with a regular serving of Chicken Biryani costing Rs. 164 (inclusive of taxes). It’s another excellent addition to the growing list of budget-friendly, home delivery options available in Madhapur neighborhood.