Photographs: Salonee Gadgil
Now for some fun reading. As you already know, this Hard Rock Cafe tasting was going to involve the company of a person who shot my HRC glassware collection. As a matter of happy co-incidence, it was Salonee Gadgil of bellyfirst.
Given the number of ‘new’ items on the menu and the large portions of the dishes, it was a tough decision to make. For starters, the chef recommended saag paneer and we went with it. Now, as a vegetarian, I love paneer! Saag, not so much. So I was pleasantly surprised at the preparation and presentation of this dish. Served on a fajita plate, the paneer cooked in a Tunisian sauce is accompanied by a generous quantity of spinach. The idea is to let the spinach keep cooking as it rests on the table. This rich paneer is to be coated in a yoghurt dip, stuffed in pita like bread and had as a pocket. Quite the bite!
Needless to say, you have to try it on your next visit.
You do know that the legendary burgers are Hard Rock Cafe’s specialty? I just had to try the new vegetarian Caribbean black bean burger. Again, a large-sized portion, this burger should be shared. The sweet taste lingers in your mouth for just enough time as the salted flavour of the fries takes over. Filling, to say the least!
Desserts are my favourite course of the meal. A warning though. If you’re going to eat at Hard Rock Cafe, you’ll have to ensure you have space for the dessert. We were stuffed but our love for tres leches and cheesecake respectively gave us courage to order. I am a cheesecake convert, that is to say I didn’t start out loving them but now I can’t do without them on the menu. This particular one was massive. It took 3 people to finish. As Salonee rightly pointed out, it was ‘dense’ too. Though the good thing was it just melted in my mouth and I really appreciated that.
To know how the non-vegetarian fared, read http://bellyfirst.me/2012/04/22/harcd-rock-cafe-bombay-dyeing-mills-lower-parel-mumbai/
Hard Rock Cafe is located at Bombay Dyeing Mills, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli. Ring them on +91 22 24382888
Ciao until next time and a new story :)