Friday, August 29, 2014

Dunkin' Donuts - not bad at all.

William Rosenberg founded Dunkin’ Donuts way back in 1948. His idea to create a chain came from his observation that donuts and coffee were the food and drink of choice of construction workers. From that, the company has grown to becoming a USD 7 billion company. Dunkin Donuts is a subsidiary of Dunkin Brands. Dunkin Brands also owns Baskin Robbins. Dunkin Donuts has been brought to India by Jubilant Foodworks, the same guys who have brought us the delights of Domino’s Pizza.

One more bit of trivia. There is no difference between a `donut’ and a `doughnut’. A donut when referred to in driving [as in a car] is a manoeuvre that involves rotating the rear or front of the vehicle around the opposite set of wheels in a continuous motion, creating (ideally) a circular skid-mark pattern which looks like a donut.

Anyway, Dunkin Donuts opened at Bandra a few weeks ago. The lines of people wanting to enter were amazingly long for the first few days. Either the food served was very good or, there was some sort of deal on. I was not sure. One morning I suggested to HRH the Queen of Kutch that we should have lunch at Dunkin Donuts. I had a potentially stressful meeting to attend that afternoon and I hoped that a good burger would ease the stress. She agreed and off we went for an early lunch. We reached at about 12.30 to find that the restaurant was half full.

It is a bright well lit place. It is actually a restaurant though self service. The decor, tables, seating and general ambience is far more luxurious than the MacDonald’s and KFC’s that we have. Actually this was rather pleasant with a nice vibe and smiling happy people inside. Generally college going kids.

We walked up and ordered. We had no intention of eating a Donut, but instead we got ourselves two burgers. The interesting thing was that different burgers had different buns, one had a Bagel, one had a local Mumbai `Brun Pao’, and the others had regular buns. Nice touch. We ordered two of the most expensive burgers, each cost Rs 223/- plus tax. That was a fairly large amount of money when compared to a burger at MacDonald’s.

HRH the Queen of Kutch got herself a Heaven Can Wait Burger while I got something called Tough Guy Chicken Bagel Burger. The Heaven Can Wait Burger had two patties one was a chicken and the other was Chorizo Chicken along with the usual garnish. The Tough Guy Chicken Bagel Burger  had some sliced chicken salami and Chorizo Chicken along with the usual garnish. Both burgers were large, quite large and, to our slight disappointment, rather spicy. The spice was unnecessary we thought, but we have to Indianise everything. The Burgers were quite nice I must say despite the spice.

Heaven Can Wait

Tough Guy Chicken Bagel Burger

Lost in thought. The afternoon meeting was going to be very tense.

We would not have any hesitation going here again. A lot more personality than MacDonald’s and KFC and a lot more expensive too. Though portions are substantial. One of these Burgers with nothing else except probably a Coke would fill most of our stomachs. We came away pleased. Do go here, especially as a treat for you and the kids.

To conclude, sigh! After eating at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Le Gavroche and so on and so forth, I am blogging about Dunkin Donuts. Deep sigh!

Time to travel.

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