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By Ritika Dhawan

Hard Rock Café is all set to rock your senses with a month long Latin Fiesta, a perfect menu of tequila cocktails and lip smacking Latin American food which will be served from 7th August to 6th September.  This place has its reputation and never fails to surprise the foodies. Every item on this Latino menu is amazing.

Picture1I started with a semi frozen cocktail, which was a fusion of tequila and kiwi pulp, as unique as the combination sounds, it tasted even better. Kiwi was smoothly infused and gave a sweet taste to it and the tequila gave it a kick. Very refreshing and not too strong, one can have rounds of this cocktail. Next in line was a lime, cranberry, orange , white wine and tequila cocktail, this was a bit tangy , very smooth and beautifully presented in a salt rimmed beer jar. The best things should be saved for last; truly living up to this quote was the Mexican Ice Cold Bulldog Margarita- beer slowly flowing into a frozen margarita ; a cocktail crafted to simply blow your senses.

Turning the pages of the menu and now ready to binge on Latin American food, I started with some Char Grilled Chicken Skewers, they were mildly spiced and a little tangy in taste which perfectly complimented to the flavours of the honey mustard dip which was neither too sweet nor too pungent as the use of honey was perfectly balanced with the mustard. For vegans they had Brazilian Barbeque Veg Grill Skewers served over chimichurri spiced fajita i.e. a mix of herbs and spices combined with oil and vinegar which is used as a sauce for grilled meats and vegetables. For all the veggie friendly foodies this is a must have.

Picture1Tijuana Chicken Sub Role – a hearty dish that is bound to satisfy all cravings; is a char grilled smoke chicken frankfurter, topped with cilantro, chillies, salsa and laced with cheddar cheese sauce will leave you drooling and asking for more. If this was not enough to satisfy your taste buds; they serve it with some cajun spiced fries – could it get any better? Keep the calorie count aside and just dig in!! A burst of flavours with every bite guaranteed.

The last dish and the star of the night were fresh and perfectly cooked orange tequila prawns. Served in a crisp taco shell, topped with a tangy, spicy orange reduction it gets the taste buds tickling. As you bite into the prawns, the reduction squirts out and hijacks the senses. After devouring the prawns, shamelessly start munching on the taco shell and the leftover orange reduction- heaven on a plate!

I highly recommend every foodie to visit the Hard Rock Café for a taste of the Fiesta as a lot of effort has gone in bringing such authentic flavours to your table.  So leave everything, enjoy the Latin spin , spread and scream ole!

Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.
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CBTL: Making your Christmas Delicious


CBTL: Making your Christmas Delicious

By Priyali Prakash

Christmas celebrations are on in full swing and restaurants are coming up with various novelties to make this occasion memorable for their customers. The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, a well known chain with multiple outlets across Delhi, has come up with a special limited edition holiday special menu that is available till 31st December and goes perfectly with the spirit of the festive season.

Plum Cake, the classic Christmas dish, is available during the celebration period here. It comes with a twist of a dominant cardamom flavour. If you like that, you will surely enjoy this cake.

Other Christmas delicacies here include the Yule Log cake, a delicious chocolate cake for all chocolate lovers and the Stollen Bread, which though comes topped with icing sugar, is a little sour in flavour.

altAkV3EMV6xLWFXmYGTfEpu6CIgt_aU-TsGCrSVhD1Q3sCLiving up to the name of the place, CBTL has introduced new flavours in their coffee. Cinnamon mocha cappuccino and Spiced honey cappuccino come with a dusting of cinnamon powder with chocolate and honey respectively and, of course, strong coffee. All coffees at CBTL are conventionally served with brown sugar on the side and the tea comes with white sugar.

Apart from the Christmas menu, CBTL has also introduced new dishes in its regular menu which is a practice every six months. This time, the new dishes are quesadillas and wraps. The cheese and corn quesadillas have a lightly seasoned filling and are served with sour cream, pickled veggies and salsa on the side. The salsa is amazingly flavourful. The chicken wraps come with the same salsa and have a filling that tastes like any spicy Indian curry.

altAp6o1xPrhokcAbO6iI3tQeNCp9Xh6IcZlgJDaQum1jRpOther desserts introduced in the regular menu are baked mascarpone cheesecake that comes with cherry compote on the top and a bottom that isn’t quite crunchy for a regular cheesecake. The hazelnut mousse cake is a little on the dense side but is full of flavours.

Apart from the new introductions in the menu, CBTL has come up with gift hampers for sale and these are quite popular with the corporates. These hampers are priced at Rs. 450 plus taxes and CBTL offers discounts on bulk bookings. Hampers are available at all CBTL outlets across Delhi till the end of this month.

CBTL is putting up a good show to make the festive season delicious for its customers. Kudos to the team!

Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.