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26.11.2014

First, let’s all take a moment to mourn - and then get beyond - the much-hyped, much-lamented fact that Burger King India will not serve any beef. Done? Good. Now, let’s dig in, because you’re going to want to taste this.

Turning Over a New Beef

Mumbai’s first Burger King outlet opened last week at the food court in Oberoi Mall, Goregaon East, the same launch pad that Taco Bell used to debut in the city. Look for the brightest lights, the longest queues and chirpy, helpful staff, and you’ll know you’re in the right place.

Once we stepped in line, we were handed a menu and given a quick introduction to the food available. This is a smart move, because it helps ensure that people have their minds made up by the time they’re at the counter. Our dining companion, a die-hard Burger King fan who makes it a point to eat at an outlet during all international trips, was skeptical about all the “Indianised” dishes available, but determined not to let her spoil our fun, we ordered generously anyway.

Carnivores should skip chicken options - the patties are too thin and bland – and zero in on the Mutton Whopper instead. Starring a tightly packed patty, barbeque sauce and mayo on a soft, sturdy bun that held its own against all those juices and condiments, it is the closest you’re going to get to a meaty beef burger here.

Cottage (Cheese) Industry

Vegetarians have plenty of options here, including the wincingly-named Paneer King, Spicy Bean Royale, Veggie Burger and Veg Whopper, along with a ton of sides. We tried and enjoyed a Paneer Melt, cheesy, crispy and better than its counterparts at McDonalds and KFC. Also order crunchy Fiery Rings, fried onion rings in a chilli batter; and Chilli Cheezos, nuggets suffused with shredded cheese and vegetables. While they sound promising, Rock It Fries, doused in Burger King’s chilli sauce, were a soggy, mushy mess by the time we got around to them. Stay away.

Carnivores should skip chicken options - the patties are too thin and bland – and zero in on the Mutton Whopper instead. Starring a tightly packed patty, barbeque sauce and mayo on a soft, sturdy bun that held its own against all those juices and condiments, it is the closest you’re going to get to a meaty beef burger here.

We washed down our meal with a thick chocolate milkshake as well as alarmingly fluorescent drink called Razzberry Blues, and decided that all in all, Burger King trumps its competitors in terms of service and food, offering burgers that are larger and taste less synthetic. If only they could open up in South Mumbai and Bandra soon.

Getting there: Oberoi Mall, Film City Road, Goregaon (E), approximately Rs 550 for a meal for two.

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