BENGALURU: If you like your burgers tall and with a crunch, you must drop in for the third edition of the World Burger Tour at Hard Rock Cafe which is on till July 31. Head chef Cyrus Irani says that this time round they have added layers and more textures with slaw fillings, nachos and crispy onions.
First the cocktails; these are generous with beer and summer flavours. Love is in the air is delicious with five spirits, red wine and a hint of lychee. Bulldog Margarita is a cascade of beer thrown into a frozen margarita and Hangman’s Blood has dark rum, whiskey, brandy, gin, red wine, and a sweet and sour mix all of it topped with beer.
The Quesadilla Burger - Mexico
This was the best among the three veggie burgers. The filling had the right blend of spices and vegetables, but what made it stand out was its tangy enchilada salad. The layers were with polenta slabs made from maize flour, sweet corn, avocado and nachos. The Swiss cheese gave it a creamy finish.
The New Delhi Burger
Inspired by the capital, this burger has fresh ingredients and bold spices. Even the rocket lettuce, which has an edge of bitterness and peppery hotness, was spiced. It has two patties – golden-fried, spiced veggie patty and herbed lentil patty – layered with marinated tomato, a sharp sauce and the spiced rocket lettuce.
Tango Salsa Burger - Argentina
This is smoky with hints of sweetness, much like Argentina’s tango. Who would’ve thought of putting a fruit in? There is smoky spiced and grilled chicken, laced with honey mustard sauce and topped with cheddar cheese, green apple and rocket slaw. The green apple goes well with grilled chicken.
Lebanese Burger - Lebanon
This has the diverse flavours from Lebanese cuisine: shawarma-spiced chicken patty, garlic hummus aioli, kofta-spiced onion, mushroom, peppers and creamy feta crumble.
The Tennesessee BBQ
This is for a day when you are planning a day outdoors -- when you need to stay full for hours and don’t mind smelling of onions. There’s plenty of good meat. It has a juicy beef patty, BBQed soft chicken and a fried egg. The layers are of fried onion, cheddar cheese and the zippy sauce. In all, it is mildly hot.
The Riviera Burger - Nice, France
Food experts and cookbook authors adore the Mediterranean cuisine. This burger embraces all that the coast has to offer -- there is the herby chimichurri cream laced with spicy mango aioli, cheddar cheese and fresh slaw. The cheese evens out the zing of herbs and garlic.
The Sucker Punch -Las Vegas
The star here is the grilled beef patty oozing cream cheese, cheddar and jalapeno. It has been paired with coleslaw, perfectly pulled pork, bacon and a sauce that has the final say. The sauce is an acquired taste, much like that feisty friend who talks the loudest.