What can a vegetarian possibly eat at Genuine Broaster Chicken? Lots, apparently.
I had been sitting on this place for days, wondering what it would offer a ghaas-phoos eater. But then, I decided to take the bullet for all of my vegetarian readers. *Drumroll*
So there I was, at lunch hour, towing along an excited carnivore buddy.
History: Genuine Broaster Chicken is a 60 year old brand based out of the US, present in 36 countries. With 16 outlets PAN India, the Pune outlet has opened up at Amanora Town Centre. Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi has curated the entire menu for Genuine Broaster Chicken in India. Obviously, you can expect some good use of Indian ingredients and flavours.
First Look: Quirky, young and fun were the adjectives that came to mind. From the rugged brick wall to the helmet lanterns, right down to our corked water bottle; all of it was, for the lack of a better word, full of swag!
The Menu: One look at the menu and the first fact that jumps out at you is the equally huge selection of vegetarian items. That’s a huge plus given the increasing numbers of vegetarians today.
The Taste Test: As a vegetarian, I had a pretty mixed experience at GBC. There were some stellar dishes and some avoidable ones.
The one stellar dish that stood out amongst everything else was the Ghotala Khichdi Veg. This is not your bland khichdi, but a fusion between pulao and khichdi.
PULAO + KHICHDI = GHOTALA KHICHDI
I loved this Ghotala. It’s spicy and packed with flavor. The raita alongside is outstanding. The papadum served with it further enhances the taste.
The Indie Makhani Franchos were another unputdownable dish. This was fries topped with desi makhani gravy. Finger-licking good!
Guys you have to order both these dishes when at Genuine Broaster Chicken. Take my word.
THE NOBLE MEN
Now some of the dishes were good enough to eat, but not good enough to be etched in your mind for a long time.
The first on this list is the Palang Tod. Yeah, seriously, that’s what it’s called!
RED BULL + ESPRESSO = PALANG TOD
The combination worked well and made for a decent beverage.
The Chow Chow Noodle Burger – Noodles in your burger, anyone? Yet again, I took the bullet. And I’m quite glad I did. This one tasted quite nice. Strictly for desi taste buds though.
The Salted Caramel Lava Cake – This was quite the misnomer for a Salted Caramel offering. Call it a Choco Lava Cake though and it fared quite well. Do not expect any hint of salted caramel here.
The Chocolate Wreck with Oreo and Kitkat was a routine freakshake.
The Cheesy Palak Paneer Dip – Bland pieces of paneer in a ‘where is the cheese?’ gravy do not work. This dish needs some spices and a good dose of cheese.
The Paneer Steak stuffed with cheese and served with a Narangi Sriracha was too drunk on the citrus to safely consume. No one likes a dish that tart.
The Chocolate Samosa with Mango ice-cream was wrong on so many levels.
Level 1 – Deep fried
Level 2 – The filling wasn’t molten but had a weird semi-set consistency
Level 3 – Why mango ice-cream for heaven’s sake? When has chocolate with mango ever worked?
The CHUL-BUL Soda and BUL-BUL Soda were a mild flavor tweak on your good old sodas, pandering around as mocktails. The Coco Mango Mojito was too syrupy and too sweet. Overall, their beverage section needs a huge overhaul.
THE NON-VEGETARIAN’S VERDICT
According to my buddy, the Chicken wings as well as the Grilled chicken were outstanding. They have plenty of flavor variants in the wings, and each one has a distinct flavor. “Much much better than the other *** Fried Chicken place”, she said. So for non-vegetarians, I would say this place is a win.
THE VEGETARIAN FOODIE’S VERDICT
Genuine Broaster Chicken is definitely worth a visit, even though you’re a vegetarian. They do have quite a huge veg selection to choose from. Do try the Palang Tod at least once.
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*Disclaimer – This meal was hosted by the restaurant.