Burger King Comes To Mumbai!

Burger King's Veg Whopper
Burger King’s Veg Whopper

Yesterday, I was invited for a preview tasting of Burger King’s menu as it gears up to open its first outlet in Mumbai at Oberoi Mall, Goregaon tomorrow. I was really excited to try the vegetarian menu and boy, did I! Unlike competitive burger brands, Burger King has an extensive vegetarian menu with 7 options. Of course, I had to try them all to tell you which one was my favourite. The interesting thing about these burgers was that each one had a different patty, concentrating on different proteins and flavours.

Menu Board 1
Menu Board 1
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Menu Board 2

My favourite was the Veg Chilli Cheese Melt burger. The other thing I noticed about the burgers was the size. They were extremely filling and the whopper, especially is massive! As Burger King’s Chief Marketing Officer put it, “the brand caters to hunger fill.” Couldn’t have put it better.

Burger King's Veg Chilli Cheese Melt
Burger King’s Veg Chilli Cheese Melt
Menu Board 3
Menu Board 3

Their fiery onion rings are different too. They’re not made of the usual fully formed onion rings but rather a paste that tastes even better with their sauce.

Menu Board 2
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We actually started with the milkshakes and they were sweet in just the right consistency. And for us Indians, they even have a mango milkshake. 🙂 I was most fascinated with the 180 degree sundae. You can actually hold the cup upside down and it won’t melt. Add to that, I was taken back to my childhood with the Cadbury Gems flavour. Interestingly, Gems are not available crushed in the market and Burger King does that especially for the sundae. Don’t you love that?

Burger King Kids Veg Burger Meal
Burger King Kids Veg Burger Meal

If you haven’t figured already, I had a great time at the Burger King preview tasting. The first outlet opens in Mumbai tomorrow. Go get yourself one!

Bar Hopping: Vinoteca by Sula

This one time, my friend Nidhi and I walked for 45 minutes in search of a bar where we could hang, talk and bitch out the boys. We had to resort to a popular bar in a 5 star hotel by the beach. Almost a year later, I heard of Vinoteca by Sula opening at Worli. I was jumping with joy. Not only are the Sula Vineyards quickly becoming my favourite weekend getaway but also we single girls in the city now have a bar to go to.

Vinoteca by Sula at Worli
Vinoteca by Sula at Worli

I’m not really into alcohol. When I make drinking plans, it is understood that I will be sipping on wine (white or rosé) and those accompanying me will be washing down whiskey, rum or vodka as they please. And that’s another reason Vinoteca is the perfect option for me. A selection of wines I’m way too familiar with and a variety of Spanish food. Couldn’t get better.

Vegetarian fare at Vinoteca
Vegetarian fare at Vinoteca

We sampled practically all the vegetarian food on the menu. Of course, we began our meal with the famous patatas bravas. You might remember me telling you about my friend’s love for potato wedges. A tapa of patatas bravas brought a huge smile to her face. The portion size was quite good too. We were munching on it right till the end.

Vegetarian section of the Vinoteca menu
Vegetarian section of the Vinoteca menu

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Food tasting at Hard Rock Cafe, Mumbai | New additions to the menu

Saag paneer at Hard Rock Cafe
Saag paneer pocket at Hard Rock Cafe

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!

Saag paneer on a fajita plate
Saag paneer on a fajita plate

Needless to say, you have to try it on your next visit.

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