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HARD ROCK CAFE

FIESTA – A LATIN EXTRAVAGANZA @ HARD ROCK CAFÉ

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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10 things you need to know about Burger King

10 things you need to know about Burger King

By Aisha Bhattacharya

I was part of a privileged preview of Burger King’s first outlet in India and I have to say the kind of effort they have put into making it a sure shot success is mind-boggling. From travelling to various cities in India to discover what people want, to doing group surveys across our demographic and creating a menu of products suited to the Indian market in just under a year – Burger King has taken efficiency to another level.

The launch was conducted by Rocky Singh and Mayur Sharma from the popular television show ‘Highway on my plate’ and Chef Vicky Ratnani. We did a masterchef inspired team relay challenge and each participant had to make a burger to the standards and specifications of Burger King. This was not an easy task but we won! I was with another group of bloggers and by the end of it we ate so much food. Burgers, fries, slush, shakes, ice cream – we tried it all and below are the top 10 things you need to know about Burger King India:

1. It launched on the 9th of November, 2014 at the 2nd floor of Select City Walk, Saket.

2. India is their 100th country in the world of Burger domination

3. They have carefully customised the menu for the Indian palate based on 3 core aspects – Juicy, Crispy and Spicy

WP_20141108_14_05_14_Pro4. The Tandoori grill chicken burger has been created by Chef Vicky Ratnani – it is everything we could want – succulent tandoori chicken + Mint chutney (mayo) + onion rings (pyaaz) all stuffed in a bun. What more could we ask for?

5. There are NO Beef or Pork products on the menu – ensuring that no religious sentiments are offended

6. The kitchen is clearly divided into vegetarian and non-vegetarian sections with colour coded tongs and separate prep areas like all QSR outlets. Vegetarians can rest assured that no French fries are being fried in chicken nugget oil.

7. It really does ‘take two hands to handle a Whopper’ – irrespective of your gender.

8. The service is super fast – they take 30 seconds or less to assemble each burger!

9. When Burger King says chicken or mutton burgers, they mean 100% chicken/mutton patties. No fillers whatsoever. Just pure delicious, juicy meat.

10. Apart from the burgers, there are fries and chicken strips called Cravers and a couple of shakes and slush which go brilliantly with the burgers. The blue slush is a winner.

I said 10 and I know how to count. This last one is for good luck because Burger King is now officially in India

11. There are 13 burgers on the menu so have a ball and try out a different one each time because here is a place where the burger is King!

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.