Combo meals to suit various palettes
One of the signs that show a city has 'arrived', according to most youngsters, is when it has multi-national food chains; a place where they can hangout with friends and with good food. Well, going by that admission, the city is showing signs of arriving as Marrybrown, a Malaysian chain, has reached the city. True, we have Subway and Dominos (open only to Techies), but a popular fast food joint in the heart of the city is a first.
Located at Panavila Junction, near the Bakery junction flyover, this 60-seater three-storied restaurant (the top floor might be turned into a party hall) is cosy. Actually a bit too cosy as the tables and seats (which are comfy) are too close for comfort.
A quick look at the menu and it's the combo meals that catch your eye. We order combo 5, (which has a choice of either a rib and a drumstick or a thigh and wing) and combo 6 (two pieces of chicken, a side of coleslaw, a serving of mashed potato and a pet bottle of cola).
Other interesting combos include combo 2 that has a double-decked burger (Rs. 149), a paneer wrap combo (Rs. 55) and combo 6 that has five pieces of fried chicken wings that is served with a hot and sweet dip (Rs. 99). All combo meals come with a side of fries and a glass of cola.
We also order a kiddie meal (a choice of chicken or vegetarian burger, smileys or chicken poppers and a glass of orange juice) that comes with a surprise gift.
The chicken has a crisp slightly spicy outer coating and is cooked just right. It is also not too oily. While the coleslaw has generous grated vegetables covered with a helping of mayonnaise, the mashed potato tastes as if it was cooked in stock. It has bits of pepper in it which gives the dish a bite. The chicken burger has a succulent thick pate placed in between a soft bun. Ground chicken meat that is mildly spiced is made into balls and fried for the chicken poppers.
Those who have small appetites can order burgers and fried chicken a la carte. There is also a choice of finger food like chicken lollipop (Rs. 60), chicken nuggets (Rs. 55), nachos (Rs. 40) and Tandoori nuggets (Rs. 35). A choice of vegetarian and non-vegetarian rice meals are for those who need their daily dose of rice. While two pieces of fried chicken, a helping of coleslaw and pulau comprises the non-vegetarian, instead of fried chicken, it is smileys (potato wafers) that is different in the vegetarian version. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Contact: 4061010.