Burger lovers are definitely in for a treat as Hard Rock Cafe India is back with this year’s edition of World Burger Tour which has legendary burgers from all around the world. This time the menu showcases local legendary burgers from all over the world – Lebanese veg burger, Istanbul Kafta Chicken Burger, Italian Chicken Burger, Indian Tandoori Chicken Burger, Miami Cuban Beef Burger are some of the most gastronomic features on the menu among the others.
Was happy to have been invited for a preview of the festival where I had the opportunity to sample almost all of the burgers on offer. The menu was well balanced with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian flavors on offer.
First up on the Vegetarian Burgers was the Mediterranean Veg Burger that had Mediterranean vegetables & spices infused and laced with spicy mango aioli, cheddar cheese & fresh spinach slaw. The Lebanese Veg Burger on the other had had Falafel patty infused with Lebanese spice, lettuce, tomato, garlic aioli, hummus sauce, veg pickle & Cheddar cheese that was decent enough. The star among the vegetarians was the Mexican Quesadilla Veg Burger that was a smooth fusion burger of polenta, spices, sweet corn, beans & vegetables flavored with tangy enchilada salsa, Swiss cheese, avocado & nacho straws that was as authentic as it could get. The Caribbean Veg Burger was also pretty good with spicy fusion of vegetables & brown lentil Caribbean spiced grilled burger topped with cheddar cheese, quinoa relish and sunflower seeds.
From the non-vegetarian burgers the Istanbul Kafta Chicken Burger was first up. This one was very similar to the shawarma that I’m used to having, just that it was presented in a burger format. Shawarma spice infused chicken burger with lettuce, tomato, garlic hummus aioli, kafta spiced onion, mushroom, peppers & creamy feta crumble summed up its flavors. The Italian Chicken Burger with its Italian relish and golden panko crusted cheddar cheese & spicy sundried tomato aioli was decent. The best of the lot has to be the Miami Cuban Beef Burger – heavily loaded with Cuban spice infused beef patty, lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese & crispy spiced onions this was one of the best burgers I’ve had in recent times. The Indian Tandoori Chicken Burger had the desi flavors of tandoor spiced chicken and topped with melted Cheddar cheese & mint mayo which for sure would appeal to the local fanatics.
Each of these burgers is paired with the ultimate side kick – the Masala Fries which is served with your own choice of garlic aioli or chimichurri mayo or sweet chilli dip …what else would one need?
The burgers can be accompanied by an enticing array of cocktails which is specially created to perfectly compliment the World Burger Tour Offerings. Served in Hard Rock’s Iconic Mason Jars, one can order with the suggested paring or mix it up with any other burger from the limited-time menu. I chanced upon the opportunity to sample some of them.
El Mataqdor with its fresh strawberry, basil leaves, Bacardi rum & fresh lime juice topped with beer was perfect for the summer afternoon. The All Jacked Up – a killer combo of Jim beam Whiskey, captain morgan’s spiced rum & honey mixed with pineapple juice and lime juice will give you that extra kick and is definitely not for the faint hearted. The Watermelon Hoedown – a concoction of vodka, watermelon juice, lemonade & topped with beer was as refreshing as it could get. Hangmans Blood – Dark Rum, whiskey, brandy, gin, red wine, sweet & sour mix topped with beer is everything you’d need to get into a complete coma. Crisp Sipper – is a refreshing crisp blend of gin, cucumber syrup, tonic water, fresh cucumber, maraschino cherries, orange & lime with a touch of Rosemary & Thyme. Melonpalooza is your little slice of paradise with Bacardi rum, coconut rum, Midori Melon Liqueur and Pineapple Juice. Citrus Summer Shandy with a dash of Bacardi orange, fresh orange, passion fruit syrup, lemonade & beer was refreshing as it could get. Sweet & Fiery had a touch of pepper vodka, ginger syrup, blue curacao, hard rock lemonade, ginger syrup & beer topped with a red pepper.
All in all, with a burger line up like this I’m sure it would satiate your long due burger cravings. The much awaited tour kick starts on 1st June, 2016 and is on for two months until 31st July, 2016. From the burgers to cocktails – there is something for everyone!
Thumbs up for this one!
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Disclaimer: I was invited by The Hard Rock Cafe Hyderabad to review the World Burger Tour, 2016, the opinions expressed in the review are Honest & Unbiased.