Hard Rock Cafe is hosting its ongoing festival called the World Burger Tour from June 1, 2016 to July 31, 2016. I was invited to sample its eclectic range of burgers and cocktails. I was mighty impressed with the range of burgers on offer here. The idea is to include the quintessential burgers from HRC outlets across the world on the menu.
As a travel writer, I am always curious to sample the local food of a place I am traveling to. Imagine my delight when I was able to sample the Mediterranean, Lebanese, Caribbean, Mexican burger all under one roof and in my city.
I believe a country’s cuisine comprises an intrinsic part of its social culture, portraying aspects that reflect the customs and traditions of its people. Food, being no longer about ingredients alone, is a celebration of an entire experience, offering insight into different parts of the globe with just one bite at a time.
We were surprised when we were told by the host that they have planned a crazy Burgerthon. This meant, that all the participant bloggers had to compete with each other to finish off the burger. Whoever finished first, took away a prize. I was apprehensive after seeing the size of burger. I anyhow jumped at the idea. However, as I took my first bite, I was convinced that I was in no hurry to swallow it fast. I savored the taste while other did their best to outdo each other to win the contest. I love my food and I am a big time foodie so it made more sense to me to enjoy every bite.
The first burger served to us was a Mediterranean Veg Burger. The patties were made up of vegetables and spices with a dash of spicy mango aioli, cheddar cheese and fresh spinach slaw. It was a lightly spicy burger and I liked the taste. Though it was a bit on the sweeter side for me!
Lebanese Veg Burger was a more familiar taste for me as I make hummus at home at least once a week. Predictably, it was a combo of hummus, falafel patties, lettuce, tomato, garlic aioli, veg pickle and cheddar cheese. Despite the familiarity of taste I could not stop myself from nibbling on it. It was definitely one of the healthier versions of burger.
Caribbean Veg Burger was also innovative. Vegetables and brown lentil patties were clubbed with Cheddar Cheese, quinoa relish and sunflower relish.
However my favorite was Mexican Quesedilla Veg Burger. As soon as I bit into, I was happy as a kid to chew on the crunchiest burger I have eaten in a while. It was a mélange of varied flavours, ready to burst in the mouth. A fusion of polenta, spices, sweet corn, kidney beans and vegetables made up the patty. It was topped with tangy enchilada salsa, swiss cheese, avocado and nacho straws. It left us begging for more, even though we were full by this time. I wish we had this burger first thing during the bloggers meet. I would have hogged more of this star burger.
All the burgers were accompanied by French fries, dips like chimi chimi mayonnaise, salsa etc, garlic aioli, sweet chilly dip and an exciting variety of cocktails. All the cocktails were class apart. This was the first time I had so many beer cocktails.
El Matador had fresh strawberries fused with basil leaves, Bacardi rum, fresh lime juice and topped with beer. We enjoyed sipping it over our burgers.
Next in line was All Jacked Up. We smiled after having our first sip. It was a delicious mix of Jim Beam Whiskey, Captain Morgan’s spiced rum and honey mixed with pineapple juice and lime juice. Very refreshing indeed!
Watermelon Hoedown was the most simple yet tasty drink. Vodka, watermelon juice, lemonade topped with beer and voila you have this drink!
Crisp Sipper was the most unusual of all the cocktails. It was a refreshing crisp blend of gin, cucumber syrup, tonic water, fresh cucumber, maraschino cherries, orange and lime with a touch of rosemary and thyme. I didn’t know someone is innovating with herbs in cocktails. It was just what you needed on a hot summer afternoon, even if one is sitting in an air conditioned premises.
Hangman’s Blood (Dark rum, whiskey, brandy, gin, red wine, sweet & sour mix topped with beer) and Melonpalooza (Bacardi Rum, coconut rum, Midori Melon Liqueur, Pineapple juice and sweet and sour) were equally good.
The wonderful afternoon was ended with an impromptu song and dance gig on stage. The barmen joined the fun by hopping on to the bar counter and shake a leg or two. Even the chef joined us and discussed the nitty gritties of Burger Marathon in detail once we were done strutting our stuff on the jazzy stage of HRC. It was surely an afternoon to remember!
You can enjoy the many variety of burgers and cocktails till 31st July, 2016 at HRC outlets across India. With this festival, Hard Rock Café aims jubilate the strong connect between food and travel through its World Burger Tour.
Disclaimer: I was invited by HRC in the blogger’s meet at the Saket outlet along with blogger friends Swati Jain, Manjulika Pramod, Parnashree Devi and Dipanshu Goyal.
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