Flurys (18, Park Street Area, Kolkata)


This is a part of YUMMRAJ’s series called TIMELESS KOLKATA EATOUTS – reviews of Heritage Kolkata restaurants. Each restaurant has been rated as ‘Old is Gold’ or ‘Old is no more Gold’ based on the experience.

Year/decade of opening-1927 by Mrs & Mr J Flury.

Flurys
Flurys

 

In a nutshell:

Legendary 80+ year old Kolkata restaurant located in an iconic location on Park Street, Old World Café  ambience, mix of ancient & present day waiting staff & very good food in general.

YUMMRAJ says for Flurys – ‘OLD IS GOLD’.

the facade
the facade

Address & other details:  Flurys

Meal for 2: Rs. 500 onwards

Cuisine type : Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian

Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & tips also. http://www.yummraj.com does not have even one featured / sponsored reviews. YUMMRAJ believes in going to a restaurant in anonymity, as a normal guest, experience everything & give a honest account of the same to you.

receipt - proof of payment
receipt – proof of payment

I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster.

Short Description – in case u r in a hurry:

Opened in 1927 by Mr & Mrs J Flurys, this restaurant has undergone one major renovation in so many years. Looks of the café are slightly different than what it originally was. I am attaching a very nice note about the café that talks about the heritage.

A note on the menu card
A note on the menu card

The latest menu card celebrates the heritage dishes & those r marked with ‘H’ – these dishes r from the repertoire between 20s & 60s.

the dining hall
the dining hall

The guys who come to the table & take orders r quite young & modern day. The person who was physically bringing the food seemed to have met the Flurys themselves. He was quite moody & had his share of mood swings.

A glimpse of the furniture
A glimpse at the furniture, flooring & wall decor

The cutlery were having a heritage feel.

Food & beverages were very good. Takes quite an effort to maintain that standard after so many years. R they the best in their category in India? The answer is NO. There r quite a few Modern day restaurants in India that serve better – example L’Opera, Di Ghent Café (at much higher prices though) or even some dishes served at Kookie Jar (at similar prices).

A view of the restaurant from Park street
A view of the restaurant from Park street

This place is not just about the food – its about the whole old world charm , the food , the tea served in traditional way & of course the adda with friends…………….

Detailed Description – In case u have the Time to NJOY reading:

We started our breakfast with English breakfast. It had two rashers of crispy bacon, grilled chicken sausages , fried eggs , grilled tomato , mushroom & spinach & hash brown .

 

English breakfast
English breakfast

The bacon were good in quality & were optimally cooked – not over crisp & extra browned. The soft fat layer cud b enjoyed & at the same time the meat part was crisp. Rate it 4.25/5,

bacon
bacon

The grilled chicken sausages were ordinary sausages machine made from ordinary chicken. They were soft & good but not great. Rate the sausages 3/5,

chicken sausages
chicken sausages

The fried eggs were very good. They had chosen organic eggs instead of the usual disasterous pale yolk poultry eggs. That made the fried eggs so much better – the yolk tasted excellent. The egg white was optimally soft, optimally salted & not brittle. Rate it 4/5,

fried eggs
fried eggs

The grilled tomato was nice to taste, perfectly charred & had the right seasoning. Rate it 4/5

grilled tomato
grilled tomato

The mushroom & spinach combo tasted very good as well. Rate it 4/5

mushroom & spinach
mushroom & spinach

The hash browns were perfecty crisp on the outer side, had the right amount of salt & were uneven & soft inside. Loved it. Rate this dish 4/5.

hash brown
hash brown

Rating of  English breakfast averages out to 3.9/5. Must say that at Rs. 525, (less that US$10), this is a marvelous breakfast by Global standards. This is better than almost all English breakfast I have eaten at that price anywhere in the world.

For drink we ordered Watermelon juice which was perfectly balanced in terms of taste & temperature. Rate it  4/5.

We moved on to Flury’s original chicken patties (Heritage dish). The outer layer was very fluffy & crisp. It tasted very good as well. Rate the outer layer 3.5/5.

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Flury’s original chicken patties

The filling was too flat & had nothing special about it. It was a tad too fry & too smooth a paste. Rate the filling 2.5/5. Overall rating of this dish averages out to 3/5

cross section of Flury’s original chicken patties
cross section of Flury’s original chicken patties

The next dish we tried was Flury’s original open swiss sandwich with shredded chicken, ham, tomato & cheese. This was topped with a sunny side up. As it landed on the table, we realized it was a feast for the eyes. Later we realized it was a feast for the tastebuds as well.

Flury’s original open swiss sandwich
Flury’s original open swiss sandwich

The ham stood out visually & also in the taste. Super loved it. Shredded chicken was soft & nice. Crisp bread at th ebottom, layer of lettuce on top, layers of veggies & other ingredients mentioned above. Overall sandwich was very nice. Rate it 4.25/5

Flury’s original open swiss sandwich
Flury’s original open swiss sandwich

We also ordered Heritage tea sandwiches – egg & mustard. The bread was ordinary. Wud have been great if it was inhouse baked bread. It was not bad but sub good in terms of softness , texture etc. Rate the bread 2.5/5. The filling was awesome. The mustard & the egg both made their presence felt. Rate the filling 4.5/5. Overall rating of the dish averages out to 3.5/5.

Heritage tea sandwiches – egg & mustard
Heritage tea sandwiches – egg & mustard

The last dish we had was Coronation chicken filled croissant (with curry & mayonnaise). This again was a heritage dish.

Coronation chicken filled croissant
Coronation chicken filled croissant

The croissant was very good. Flaky, soft inside, crispy outside, optimally salted & had flavors of butter. Rate the croissant 4/5.

Coronation chicken filled croissant
Coronation chicken filled croissant

The filling was good but not great. It was a bit creamy, soft & nice. Rate it 3/5.

Overall rating for the dish averages out to 3.5/5.

I tried Flury’s Vienesse coffe – single espresso with whipped cream. This again was a heritage dish. Wow. Floored me. Very nice coffee, flavorful, strong. Whipped cream added more to the taste. Super loved it. Rate it 4.5/5.

Vienesse coffe – single espresso with whipped cream
Vienesse coffe – single espresso with whipped cream

My co-diner ordered Darjeeling tea. It was served in the traditional style in a kettle. Milk, sugar were served separately. A strainer was of course given. Loved the experience.

Darjeeling Tea served in a pot
Darjeeling Tea served in a pot

The tea was very nice & refreshing.  Rate it 4/5

Darjeeling tea
Darjeeling tea

We also had dessert after breakfast : Peach melba – vanilla ice cream, poached peach, strawberry sauce, whipped cream.

Peach melba
Peach melba

Needless to say, there was reacl peach in this. Every element of the dessert was good & overall it was just too good. Not too sweet. Balanced of sweet & sour was good. Rate it 4.5/5

Peach melba
Peach melba

Overall rating of food & beverages at Flurys averages out to 3.9/5. I wud surely revisit not just for the food but the whole feel of sitting in a heritage restaurant in a heritage location with friends over a good adda & very good food………………….

peach melba served in a glass that looked like a waffle cone.
peach melba served in a glass that looked like a waffle cone.
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14 comments

  1. I am surprised with the rating you have given to the english breakfast. I have tried the Flury’s english breakfast a many times in the last 10 years and I have never found it very good. I have always returned with a feeling of being charged a lot for a fancy breakfast that was not up to the hype and one that did not even fill my stomach properly.

    The bacon and sausages used in their breakfast are the mass produced types that I would avoid as much as i can. The sad part is that you can get some of the finest quality old style bacon and sausages at Kalmans which is not too far from Flury’s.

    Their sandwiches OTOH are very nice and these days I limit myself to the sandwiches when I am at Flury’s for a breakfast.

    The good thing about Flury’s is their location on Park street and that they actually are open for breakfast. Many restaurants will offer all day breakfasts, but they would be closed if you want to have your breakfast at 8am.

    I really love the tables that are next to the pavement. Sit at one at 8am on a working day and you can see the city start to come alive. By the time you are done with a lazy breakfast, the whole area has transformed from a empty area to one bustling with activity of all the office workers.

    BTW.. The english breakfast at cafe orange boom in anjuna, goa is way better than the one at Flury’s. It is cheaper, has better quantity and while they also use industrial bacon and sausages, theirs tend to taste much better.

    1. Hi,
      Thanks so much for writing back & expressing ur views. I found the sausages industrial as well. So they were less rated than most other items. The bacon that I had was good. Maybe they changed the supply source or something than when u had it.

      Look forward to trying breakfast at Cafe Anjuna, Goa

    1. For an Indian breakfast that is a lot of money but my comparison was with Global prices & also prices of similar quality English breakfast in India.

      Thanks for writing in & sharing ur views.

  2. WOW!! You are awesome Yummraj. Thanks for such lovely reviews and pictures. Feeling hungry again even after heavy lunch. All the best.

      1. Do all the breads of flury have eggs in them,or brushed on top,dat gives it the unique flavour??

    1. highly overrated place..except for sandwiches and tea everything is ordinary over here.
      surprised by your high ratings.try edesia at minto park next time(premium) or even territi bazar(budget) for original Chinese breakfast.

      i am sure you will be pleasantly surprised.

      1. Thanks for sharing your views.

        My overall rating is a mathematical average of dishes I had- each dish has been rated separately. So if I have not had a worse dish than mentioned, the rating wud show high.

        Once again thanks for sharing

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