The newest burger in town is square
Atmospherics: Every time a chain from the west enters the country, everyone waits with bated breath to see what compromises they will make to the food. Out goes beef and in come (usually strange) vegetarian options. None of this is true for Wendy’s. Though there is no beef, there is bacon in some products. All the buns are square, though I am not sure that the shape alone adds any value to the finished product. What is indisputably the best part about Wendy’s is the vegetarian section. Kudos to the company for conjuring up spicy aloo crunch (Rs 59). It is easily the best vegetarian burger in the city. The modestly sized outlet is on the ground floor in the busy Sector 29 main semi-circle.
Table talk: There are three buns used – chilli brioche, multi-grain and a regular white one, each for a specific set of burgers. But let me put my cards on the table and declare my favourite: the spicy aloo crunch. As an in-house production, it is a triumph. Four small potatoes with their skin on have been partially smashed and then cooked (steamed and fried) like the Sindhi speciality aloo tuk. The salt on them is added in flakes rather than grains. It is the crunchy skin that is the main attraction, which, combined with the soft bread is a rather attractive combination. The chicken comes in two forms: processed as in a meat loaf and actual chunks of boneless chicken. Ghost chilli (Rs 149) is so called because it is spiced with bhut (ghost) jolokhia from Assam. There are smaller buns for children or adults who are not hungry enough for a full burger. Junior chicken, for example, is Rs 79, while classic chicken is Rs 139. Classic chicken, Greek falafel (Rs 99) and ultimate paneer (Rs 139) are all thick slabs of the main ingredient rather than small chunks.
Plus and minus: There’s a relish that contains a tantalizing whiff of fresh celery that elevates the humble burger. While BBQ bacon club and smoky chipotle are not only tasty, but welcome options to the Quick Service Restaurant format, some preparations like the chilli cheese baked potato have little in the way of flavour or texture. Ditto for the falafel.
Must try: Bacon and cheese fries, paneer salsa, ghost chilli
Food: 3.50; Service: 3.00; Décor: 3.00
Sector SCO 19, Sector 29 Gurgaon
Tel: +91 8800492515
Open from 11 am to 11 pm
No alcohol served; credit cards accepted
Meal for two: Rs 600