Mexican Fiesta at Hard Rock Cafe

Come September, every year, Hard Rock Cafe at Hyderabad unveils their annual event ‘Mexican Fiesta’.  The festival celebrating Mexican food and culture is celebrated for the entire month of September. As a part of the celebrations, a few food bloggers were invited to taste the offerings and provide their feedback.

Cactus Flower Tequila Hard Rock Cafe
Cactus Flower Tequila Shot

The festival has a special drinks menu consisting of tequila based shots and cocktails.  The hot favorite for me was Cactus Flower Shot, tequila shot with tabasco sauce to be followed with squeezed juice from a lime wedge. The shot was strong, and the moderate tabasco in it gave an extremely good aftertaste.

Chunchy Chicken Hard Rock Cafe
Fire Cracker Crunchy Chicken Strips

Among the other drinks, the Margarita had a soothing effect. I did not like the taste of Cosmopolitan, a concoction of tequila with cranberry juice and triple sec, which had clearly a medicine like taste. For teatotallers there are various mocktails on the menu for trying out.

We started with the Fire Cracker Crunchy Chicken Strips, soft and succulent strips of chicken crusted and fried, which was served with chipotle sauce. The strips tasted even better when eaten standalone, without the dip. The Vegetarian Spicy Corn and Cheddar Cheese Samosette had corn and melted cheese based fillings and was prepared in paper thin dough. It was soft, crispy and the dip especially was just heavenly.

Samosette Hard Rock Cafe
Corn and Cheese Samosette

The Tex Mex Veg Salad was nice to taste with mixed green vegetables, walnuts, peppers, corns and cheese in a vinaigrette dressing.  In isolation the salad tasted good, except for the avocados which were bitter.

Orange Tequila Prawns Hard Rock Cafe
Orange Tequila Prawns

The Orange Tequila Prawns was essentially prawns in a marinade of chipotle sauce and tequila The sauce was extremely tangy and the prawns fresh. Overall one of the best dishes of the evening.

The Tijuana Chicken Tenders was another of our favorites. It is essentially chicken marinated in Tijuana spices and grilled on skewers and served with a tasty white dip.

Tijuana Chicken Tenders
Tijuana Chicken Tenders

The Barbecue Chicken Tostadas had a thin and crunchy crust,  topped with grilled chicken, cheese, jalapenos and pepper. Some sour cream and a green vegetable based dip was provided on top of the tostada.

Hard Rock BBQ Chicken Tostadas
BBQ Chicken Tostadas

The Bahama Mama Chicken Burrito were served with a filling of chicken, baked beans, cheese and vegetables. It was accompanied by French Fries and a green vegetable dip, same as the one served with the tostadas.

Apart from these, the menu has a wide range of nachos, tacos and quesadillas. For vegetarians, Assorted Vegetables and Cheese Stuffed Tacos and Albuquerque Veg Burritos are some of the items which are worth mentioning.

Sizzling Brownie Hard Rock
Sizzling brownie with Ice Cream

For dessert, there is Sizzling Skillet Scorched – sizzling walnut brownie with ice cream and chocolate sauce.

The items are priced between Rs 300 and Rs 400 (plus taxes).

Hard Rock Cafe
Address: GVK One, Road No 1, Banjara Hills
Telephone: 040- 64636375

The festival is on from 1st to 28th September, 2014.

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