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American food with Indian flavour...

If you aren't fond of hamburgers yet want to taste American food, then Ruby Tuesday at Connaught Place and Saket in the Capital has something special for your taste buds. MADHUR TANKHA tries some stuff... .

SMELL OF mouth-watering Mexican Food Festival was wafting in the air at Ruby Tuesday, synonymous with Texan food specialities in New Delhi. The food beckoned not just the connoisseurs but also those who enjoy their grub cooked with chillies. Mexican food is something one can easily relate to as there are similarities with Indian food. Beer guzzlers were in for a treat as every time a cricketer, whichever country he belonged to, slashed a bowler for a six in the just concluded one-day series in Sri Lanka they got a bottle of Castle beer without dishing out any lucre.

Start with Tortilla soup here and you find its taste only slightly different than an ordinary tomato soup. It gives a taste of coriander and tomato puree and towards the end it transforms into a blend of garlic and chillies. If you want to be a little more adventurous then you can try Beer Cheese Soup. But you have to be a person who takes alcohol occasionally as after the preparation of cheese soup cream Kingfisher beer is poured over it and then boiled. Both Tortilla soup - vegetarian or non-vegetarian and Beer Cheese Soup are priced at Rs. 50 as also the Mexican Meat Ball Soup that costs similar amount.

With the main course of Hot and Hell Shrimps have a glass of mocktail that comes as pieces of crushed strawberries which are boiled and then water and oil are poured over them. In Hot and Hell Shrimps, comprising not just succulent shrimps but other ingredients like steam peas, cauliflower, paetta, onion straws, can be tried as a wholesome meal. Although pieces of shrimps seem to be used inadequately, yet the original taste of shrimps remains. On the whole, one can say that for a health fad it seems a right meal, as it is more nourishing and priced at Rs. 300. If you love gorging on a non-vegetarian palate then chicken breast, priced at Rs. 250, may fit the bill.

The nomenclature Ruby Tuesday was derived from the Rolling Stone number, `Ruby Tuesday', which was written by the English rock star Mick Jagger. This all-American family restaurant continues to have the soul of the `70s as symbols of glass luck like inverted picture, stained glass lampshades, memorabilia -- which might conjure in one's mind a Westerner flick-- meant to draw the attention of highway motorists have been retained. Before one can say Jack Robinson the steward has the ordered dish on the wooden table. To create a Cowboy ambience the garcons are draped in ponchos.

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