King arriveth in Bengaluru – Burger King Opens today 27 Jun,2015
YES!!! The king of burgers finally makes an appearance in namma Bengaluru…Finally. Launched today 27 Jun in Phoenix Marketcity, the burgers that made the west go AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA has come here. I was a regular customer in the UK and Dilli bahut door thi (Delhi was still far away) in India. So you can imagine my excitement when I received an invite for tasting their offerings in their new outlet in Bangalore. It was a dream come true.
Naturally my first choice was what the BG was famous for anyways… The Whopper !! Though I am a big fan of their beef whopper (which is not served in India), the mutton whopper more than makes up for the experience. It’s humongous and you will need both hands to hold that and a very elastic mouth for the bite. I almost felt like a python.
and of course that cannot be complete without the chocolate shake……….The combination was as good as I tried to make it sound. There is also the mango shake which I do not have a snap of as I pounced and drained it the moment it came and then realized I didn’t really take a snap :D. The next two drinks called Bolt from the Blue (by Mirinda) and the pink lemonade. The pink lemonade was a complete surprise. It looked all strawberry-ish and tasted something like sweet jaljeera so yes enjoyed that one.
The next that came was a grilled chicken burger with corn bread instead of the traditional bun. Yeah it was good and chicken lovers will enjoy it. However I am not a big fan of chicken burgers and prefer red meat anytime.
The next that I tried was the various curry type thingies called Hi-Fries… I tried the cheesy chicken fries and the cheesy Italian fries (veg) and was pleasantly surprised by the taste. It had this deep and rich taste of the mince curry and the cheese (love cheese, the more the merrier) and french fries was a good combination with this.
The Italian fries too had a good hit of the usual Italian flavor you would expect and the best part; it’s VEG!! 😉
Alright now coming to the light stuffs, there is this category called cravers which is aptly named. It can leave you craving for more and especially the Veg Chilli Cheezos. Look at the cheese oozing out when you take it apart.
The overall taste was awesome and I found it much better than the chicken chilli cheezos which was not bad but was like the usual fare available everywhere else. The chicken nuggets again wasn’t special but is good with the sauces available there. The veg cheezos stands head and shoulder above any of its counterpart. It made a good combination with the sweet chilli sauce which gave off hints of smoked paprika and considering I am more of a spicy kind of guy than sweet, I found it refreshing though it had the sweetness. What I loved was something called the angry sauce which was made with habanero (one of the spiciest pepper in the world with a scoville rating of 350000-580000. In scale jalapeno is only 1000-4000!!). It had this slow intensity which hits you only after a few seconds.
You should also try out their sundaes with different toppings like gems and oreos. The sundaes are so thick you can turn the glass upside down over your head and it will not fall!! Yeah just don’t hold it too long eh
The quality of the food is also taken very seriously with lighting systems to show freshness of a food. A mutton whopper is kept for about 30-45 mins and if not consumed is discarded. The expiry time (which can be in mins for veg burgers) once crossed no second thought. It is to be discarded. This happens with all of their food to make sure the food you get is fresh.
Okayyyyy, from the food lets go to the source…The Kitchen…. Though I was not allowed to take snaps of their machinery I got a snap of the most important thing. The sanitization.. Boy do they take it seriously !! I was told to wear one of their blue chef cap before being allowed into their kitchen. Once I enter, I was taken to a wash basin with a wall mounted hand sanitizer and then after the clean up made to wear gloves !! This is the procedure followed by the staff everyday and after every change of food that is handled from veg to non veg.
We were then taken to their freezers where they kept their stuffs. The meat was in a freezer maintained at -8 to -23 Centigrade and boy was it a pleasure to be in there in the Bengaluru heat 🙂 Before Bangalore Heat was considered an oxymoron. But now sigh. but I digress. Coming back to the kitchen tour I was struck (and they ensured it too) by one word Sanitization and it was taken very seriously.
There is a saying never visit the kitchen of your favourite restaurant as you might not like what you see there and might put you off for ever. However I had absolutely no hesitation in taking a tour of the kitchen and post that going back to the King for more.
When you go to Phoenix Market City for whopping (err I meant shopping) make sure you may homage to the king
Here is their menu……..
So whats keeping ya all? Now Go AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA