If there's a place for real rock music and authentic American food (if there's a thing like that) in India, it's Hard Rock Cafe. It's one of my personal favourites, and I landed at HRC again, two years later approximately at the same time. The last time I visited Hard Rock Cafe somewhere during the last week of June, and they had the Legendary Burger Festival going on, and this time around, coincidentally it was on too. If you haven't read that post yet, I suggest you go check that out first since I've mentioned all details about the place, menu etc. there. You can find my first experience at Hard Rock Cafe here.
I won't go about describing the place and menu much, since it's pretty much the same as the previous post. We did try out some new food and drinks this time and I'll mention a bit of it here. I should mention this new cooler I tried - Double Berry Cooler. Apparently, it's made with raspberry syrup, cranberry juice and sweet-sour lemon-lime soda. I loved how it tasted and my friends kind of hated it. So I don't know. It's has a strong berry flavour, also, is sweetish-sour (Sorry, I don't know how to describe), so if you aren't up for it, just settle in for a Mojito and Lemon Soda instead.
Moving on to food, first up, we decided to get a salad, since anyways we were going to try the burger at the end. We were deciding between Caesar Salad and Chopp Salad, and finally got the Chopp Salad. It consisted a bowl of mixed greens, topped with Pico de Gallo (some kind of a Mexican Salsa), mixed cheddar and sweet corn, roasted red peppers and avocado tossed in homemade white balsamic vinaigrette and drizzled with tangy Barbaque sauce. I am not really a salad fan and did not appreciate this one much. Also, I found the cheddar too much and had to sip on my drink after every few bites.
We went in for the vegan variety of the Mediterranean Pasta. The Cottage Cheese Pasta was nicely made with a slab of paneer tossed with fresh green beans, oven roasted capers and mushrooms in a light garlic sauce. The pasta was further garnished with roasted red peppers, black olives and Romano parsley and served with garlic bread. Personally, I am not a big fan of paneer otherwise, but this one was so well done I couldn't stop but dive into it with my fork way more often than I wished. The garlic bread was toasted with garlic herb butter and just added to the awesomeness of the pasta.
Since the burger festival was going on, we decided to get a burger from their special menu. The best part I noticed about the menu was none of the burgers from previous festivals were repeated. This line featured a list of burgers from all over the world. We had got three burgers last time, and they were giant burgers loaded with fillings. So this time we chose wisely and got just one - Indian Tandoori Chicken Burger. I mean, isn't it cool to have a burger with an Indian twist to it, that too at Hard Rock Cafe?
Well, I love tandoori chicken and I love burgers generally, so I loved every bit of the burger. As expected, it was the huge burger with a flag poked on it and a knife running through the center. It looked delicious. I couldn't wait to dig my hands into it. The burger was made of a succulent tandoor spiced chicken patty, lettuce, tomato, melted cheddar cheese, cucumber plank with a dash of mint mayo. It was just the right flavour and really tasty.
The burger was served with crispy French Fries and Chimichuri mayo dip. The fries crusted with chilly were really crispy, just how I like them. The dip was something new for me and I liked it. So I researched later and found that Chimichurri is a delicious garlicky herb sauce that is served with grilled meats, especially in Argentina and other South American countries. Chimichurri is made with minced garlic, finely chopped parsley, salt, vinegar (sometimes) and lots of olive oil.
When at Hard Rock Cafe, I actually took a round through the memorabilia again and it felt like walking through the era of rock. Amazing music, great food, awesome service and great company made this evening a fun one. To be honest, I love the vibe at the place. If you are a believer in positive energy, you can feel it there. Also, not forgetting the goosebumps you get when everyone joins to sing and dance while the theme song YMCA is played. If you've visited Hard Rock Cafe in any city in India, do drop a comment below and let me know you experience too.
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