Genuine Broaster Chicken [Bandra]

No, no, no….

That’s our answer to your questions that sound somewhat like – Have you turned non-vegetarian? Did you finally try chicken? Were you lost? 

But then, what were we doing at a place that is named Genuine Broaster Chicken you ask? Well to that we have an answer!

Genuine Broaster Chicken, without a doubt, boasts of insanely good chicken specialities (some of which were sampled by our friend and she nods in affirmation), but there is no dearth of option for us good ‘ol vegetarians. Everyone behind the menu curation, from the agency to Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi, have made sure to not made us feel left out. There is an equal mix of veg and non-veg dishes that are Indianised and made oh so yum! by the chef.

So yes, us being here is more than okay! In fact, it would be foolish for anyone to miss out on this place just because the name favours meat.

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We visited the Bandra outlet of GBC on a weekend and though we were amongst the first people at the restaurant, it was packed in no time! The ambience of this place is amazingly chic and quirky. Chicken humour and photo frames that are an ode to quiet a few American sensations – Captain America, Marilyn Monroe, et. al. cover quite a bit of the walls. There are baseball helmets that are used as bulb holders and also plant holders. Gunny bags and fairy lights add a charm to the ceilings. Even the table tops are covers with caricatures of Michael Jackson, Oprah Winfrey amongst others. The music is groovy and adds to the rockstar ambience.

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There is a well lit and funky looking bar area and different sitting arrangements to pick from.

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Orange Limer

 

 

Since we reached here after braving the scorching heat, we decided to order cooler and freak shakes first.

Orange Limer was slightly tangy and the orange flavour was overpowering. It was slightly on the sweeter side but had a welcome refreshing taste.

Jim Jam Strawberry Freakshake is a delight to dig into! Topped with Jim-Jam biscuits, chocolate balls that melt in your mouth, marshmallows and lots of strawberry compote, this freak shake is sinfully delicious.

It is slightly on the heavier side with lots of whipped cream, strawberry ice cream and more.

 

 

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Jim Jam Strawberry Shake

We called for Tex-Mex Franchos and settled to familiarise ourselves with the menu. Crispy french fries in cream cheese sauce and a tangy salsa sauce, topped with lots of chopped tomatoes, onions, jalapenos and olives. The salsa is really yummy and makes you go lick your fingers.

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Tex-Mex Franchos

 

We then called for the chef special Firangi Palak Paneer Dip. The description of the dish does not do much more than making us picture a spinach-cheese dip instead of hummus with pita bread. It does not do even a tiny bit justice to the delight that this dish is! Just to let people know what they should anticipate, I suggest the owners should add the word delicious before every word in the name. That is how good the Palak Paneer dip is! A cheesy and creamy dip with small chunks of soft paneer and lots of spinach. Spinach adds an amazing flavour to the dip but does not over power it. We are not exaggerating when we say that we licked the dip off the bowl.

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Firangi Palak Paneer Dip

Pro Tip: If you happen to visit this place, order for as many portions of the Firangi Palak Paneer Dip as the number of people you are, to avoid any casualties. And do this even before you settle down!πŸ˜‰

In our opinion, the restaurant should put this disclaimer on one of the walls! πŸ˜›πŸ˜‰

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Veg. Ghotala Khichdi

Riding high on happiness, we went for another special from the menu – Veg. Ghotala Khichdi. No please, do not make that meh face, ‘coz then you will want to punch yourself for making it! Ghotala Khichdi is a delicious biryani made with lots of veggies and also has soft paneer chunks. It is high on spices and so fragrant and flavoursome, that our mouth is still watering as we think about it. Cinnamon does wonders to the dish and this one is another definitely try items if you are a biryani fan.

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Chow Chow Noodle and Paneer Burger

Then came our Chow Chow Noodle and Paneer Burger – something we had our eyes on from the moment we were handed the menus! Chinese spiced noodles and crispy paneer based patties with mayonnaise and schezwan sauce. This one is lip-smacking though we personally feel it should have been a little high on the sauces.

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Chow Chow Noodle and Paneer Burger

GBC boasts of some delicious desserts, some epic combinations and fusions. We decided to go with the chef special and yet keep it simple, thus picking the Gulkan Muffin. The muffin served warm, had a slightly crusty outer layer and was toothsome. The centre was filled with Gulkand and yet it was not overly sweet. Totally loved it!

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Gulkand Muffin

A friend tried the Assorted Chicken Wings Platter and could not stop raving about them – the flavours were perfectly balanced and really good! Her recommendations – Butter Garlic Chicken Wings and Kung Pao Chicken Wings.

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Chicken Wings Platter

Overall Experience: We don’t know the chicken way to say it, but we came out thrilled! Amazing ambience and scrumptious food. The service is quick and friendly. The servers are well versed with the menu and are ready to help and suggest. The food is not overly pricey and is definitely value for money.

GBC is a perfect place to spend some fun time with you friends and family.

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The Battle: If what we said has not already made it clear, try going in a group and ordering one portion of Firangi Palak Paneer Dip. What will happen between you and your gang happened between us, only worse!

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Genuine Broaster Chicken – Google Maps

P.S.: There are two outlets of Genuine Broaster Chicken (GBC) in Mumbai (as of now) and they are planning to come up with many more. GBC is a QSR chain, yes, but the attention towards ambience, food, presentation and hospitality is impeccable. We only hope it stays the same!

Also, Broaster is a technique of making the fried dishes (especially chicken) in a way that they absorb up to 50% less oil and are really low in trans-fat content.

Genuine Broaster Chicken Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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PizzaExpress [BKC]

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PizzaExpress Festive Menu

You like festivals? I am sure you do!

Most people do. But most people like them for the people. We like them for two reasons – holidays (yup, we do work, eating is not all we do!) and obviously, food!

Okay, another question. You like pizza?

Hopefully, you do! β€˜Coz if not, then we have a problem! Anyway, since we can’t see you nod, we are gonna assume you like pizza as much as we do!

So now, imagine if festivities and pizza come together! Well, that is what happened with the festive menu at PizzaExpress. It is not all pizza (like we would complaint) but it was definitely festive!! Imagine Sangria, and Chocolate Cheesecake and Blueberries and hot soup! Yup, all of that!

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We decided to try some of the delicious options in the limited festive menu at the BKC outlet of PizzaExpress. The restaurant is huge and really spacious with an open kitchen, where you can watch in awe, as the pizza dough is rolled and flipped in the air and tossed around! The service is really prompt and friendly. The manager is very approachable and ready to explain each option well before you order.

Here is a peep into what we hogged on:

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Spinach Artichoke Tuffo with Dough Balls

Spinach Artichoke Tuffo with Dough Balls: A delicious combination of feta cheese, cream, spinach, capers and artichoke. This was probably the first time we were introduced to Artichoke. It has a very delicate taste, nothing very distinct. The dip overall was creamy, with a good mix of chilli and spinach’s flavours. Served hot, we kept going back for it! The dough balls were crispy on the top and fluffy. Perfectly baked.

Ginger Fresca is a refreshing drink with juliennes of ginger, lime wedges, mint and ale. None of the flavours overpower each other. Berry Fresca is another superb option with raspberry juice adding a mildly sweet and tangy flavour and topped with sprite. Lemonade is a non-fizzy option with lots of crushed mint leaves.

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Calabrese Verde

Calabrese Verde is a thin crust pizza having a base of passata with tomatoes, chillies and pepper, that gives it a distinctly spicy taste. Topped with spicy jalapenos, rocket(arugula) leaves, olives, bell peppers and lots of Mozerella cheese… So delicious! Just perfectly spicy and toothsome!!

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Penne Con Cilantro

Penne Con Cilantro is made with their signature coriander pesto sauce. A surprise addition was the pickled onions that have a piquant-sweet flavour.

The pesto sauce was creamy and had an appetising aroma.

The pasta was cooked al dente (a little firm to bite), but you can tell them your preference if you would rather prefer it fully cooked.

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Warm Berry Crumble

What is festive if no crazy sweetness is involved! Just look at that goodness!😍😍

Warm blueberry compote with crumbs and a flavourful vanilla gelato scoop – the flavours did the tango as we had the first spoonful! After that, the dish was wiped clean in a jiffy! Warm Blueberry Crumble is a delectable mix of gooey blueberry compote with its sweet taste and the richness of butter crumbs, with vanilla bean gelato adding intense vanilla flavour to it. Loved it to the last crumb that stuck to the pan πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

Overall Experience: Amazing. The food is really good, with service that is at par with the amazing ambience!

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The Battle: Try keeping your hands off the pizza of say, a minute? I am sure you can’t.

I went in saying, only one slice of pizza, nothing more, but ended up fighting till the last piece was snatched from my hand!

PizzaExpress Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato