Food chain Wendy's sports Indian flavours

Customised burgers

A grilled juicy chicken patty topped with pork bacon strips and doused in opulent cheese, with a delectable dabbing of barbecue sauce and mayonnaise, works almost like a magnet for foodies.

The description fits the ‘Baconator’ made iconic by Wendy’s, one of America’s leading global burger chains, which recently made its India debut with a first outlet in Gurgaon, reports PTI.

To cater to the Indian palate, the chain has brought with its authentic square patty, a desi flavour. Spicy aloo crunch, paneer salsa, paneer pesto salad are those included in the menu customised to cater to the local taste.

It also uses locally sourced ingredients such as the ghost chillies, one of the hottest chillies in the world sourced from Nagaland. They also serve whole, spicy skinned baby potatoes instead of the regular mashed potato patty.

“This burger can turn a carnivore into a veggie lover and you won’t even complain. This is a must have!” writes a food blogger.“It is simple, yet delicious. This one comes without any cheese but it doesn’t even matter. Yes, it’s that good,” says Mahima Agarwal, another food blogger.

Paneer or cottage cheese, which never fails to impress the North Indian taste­buds is also on the menu. The “Ultimate Paneer” from Wendy's range has a thick slice of flash fried paneer dabbed in spicy relish sauce.

An evident aversion from their existing burger joints is the availability of pork and bacon on the menu.Wendy's has been globally renowned for its beef burgers, but “owing to the recent ban on the red meat in several Indian states, the brand has chosen to stay away from any negative controversies,” says Rupali Gupta, who handles product development at the burger chain.

While the standard french fries are certainly available, the chain also offers multiple options in the section like cheese fries and bacon and cheese fries.Everything gets better with cheese and so do these fries, with a spoonful of melted cheese, the crunch of the fries remain without making them soggy.Tanishq Jain, a teenage food enthusiast says, “the bacon and cheese fries was my favourite. The taste was
so authentic.”

Along with regular coffee and aerated drinks the chain also offers a wide range drinks. Coolers like Cherry cola and Cucumber Fizz are surprising innovations in the fruitails section, besides beverages like masala chai, hazelnut and vanilla latte and cappuccino.

“Watermelon cooler and cold coffee were among my favourites,” Diksha, afoodie says.The semi automatic coffee machine ensures that the drinks are not made from a pre-mix. While Wendy's original vanilla frosty has been retained, they have added a new Banana and Caramel Frosty ­ pure banana puree topped with caramel sauce.
Wendy's is among a clutch of American burger chains to have entered the Indian market in the last over one year.

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