Restaurant Review: Mumbai’s First Taco Bell For Tasty, Wholesome And Very Fast Food

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What I truly love about this restaurant review section is the very egalitarian approach to food. Nothing is un-reviewable and off the table for us here at Mumbai Mag. Be it a fancy fine dining restaurant, a mid level mom-n-pop kind of eatery or even a hole-in-the wall kiosk, we simply adore food and are happy to let you in on our take on it anytime and anyplace!

So, this week I am elated to be reviewing the city’s very first Taco Bell outlet. Housed in the plush Oberoi Mall, Goregaon, this colourful and bustling with activity outlet is a cheerful place to hang out at and enjoy the bounties of Americanised ‘Mexican’ fast food. Braving the scores of people lined up for their taco/quesadilla/burrito fix, I stepped in the queue and waited my turn patiently one uber busy Sunday afternoon. After what seemed like 15 minutes, I am served by a smiling, enthusiastic young guy, who sadly hasn’t a clue about the menu’s many offerings leaving me to make my choice all by myself. Since I am with a group of two friends my order is pretty elaborate which proves to be too much for said server who quickly summons for help that takes the form of his manager. Now said manager is equally clueless and fumbles royally with the order initially, but somehow manages to pull through and sends me off with my arms laden with goodies sitting pretty on a colourful tray.

7 layer burritoEver the burrito fan, I chomp into my 7 Layer Chicken Burrito that immediately reveals its yummy contents that vary from crisp shredded lettuce to Mexican rice to smoky chicken all doused in a creamy sauce that I wished had a wee bit more cheese. Equally cheese-devoid are the Bean Topped Nachos, but the crisp nacho triangles and the generous amount of beans more than makes up for this skimping. A bite off my friend’s Chicken Quesadilla, au contraire tells me that cheese at Taco Bell seems to a subjective phenomenon and varies drastically from dish to dish as this specimen is loaded with the dairy wonder.

Chicken Chalupa at taco Bell MumbaiBut for me, the true test of any Taco Bell is the very item that lends the place its name—the Taco! Available here in two versions, one with a soft taco and one with a crunchy taco shell, the pricing is unbelievable at Rs 25 for the Soft Potato Taco and Rs 35 for the Soft Chicken Taco. However, preferring a little texture to my food, I opt for the absolutely divine Chipotle Chicken Chalupa that is Taco Bell’s signature taco with the smokiness of the chipotle chilly intact and contrasting the cool and refreshing salsa expertly. For those who want a bit of soft and crunchy taco action at the same time, the Cheesy Double Decker Taco in both potato and chicken versions is THE thing to go in for offering you two taco (one sitting in the other) for the price of one.

Kathitto at Taco Bell MumbaiAs is the norm with most fast food chains coming to India, they simply have to have a desified version of their offerings. In Taco Bell’s case, they have introduced the very boring and badly constructed Kathitto which is essentially a Mexican kathi roll with a fajita grilled chicken filling that tastes as bad as the idea of it seems. Also avoidable is the stodgy, dry Chocolate Volcano Cake—the only sweet offering other than the aerated drinks that come with two free refills each.

All said and done, I would go back to Taco Bell in a jiffy… now only if they open more outlets!

WHERE? Oberoi Mall, Goregaon(East)
HOW MUCH? Rs 450 for two (no alcohol served)
WHEN? 11am to 11pm
WHAT’S HOT? The very reasonable prices and freshness of ingredients used make it a must-visit place.
WHAT’S NOT? While the counter staff are very friendly, they need to be more menu-savvy. Also, no customisation of your burritos, which is the USP of Taco Bell worldwide.
SHOULD YOU GO THERE? Hell yes!

Disclaimer: This review was done anonymously.

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Raul Dias
Lists travel, food and luxury as the tantalizing trifecta that defines him. When he’s not travelling, eating or getting pampered at a spa, you'll find him assaulting his notebook's keyboard with a feral vengeance, churning out what he hopes are intelligent, informative and entertaining stories.
  • Divya Sharda

    I love TacoBell in Bangalore – glad Mumbai has one now!