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Bet all your chips on this hand

india Updated: Jul 29, 2011 14:39 IST
Sneha Mahale
Sneha Mahale
Hindustan Times
Full House

We reached there easily enough, despite the rain and traffic, the staff happy to provide us with directions in spite of our multiple calls. A small flight of stairs led us to the sitting area of Full House, Juhu.

Once there, we were taken by surprise by the motifs. The walls, tables, and even the menu, all paid homage to the game of poker. Turns out, the owner and his brother are fans and felt the venue should reflect their passion.

It is the food that will bring patrons back, again and again, even if it is just for a slice of pizza. Yes, joining the trend in India (though it has been around for eons abroad), the place serves pizza by slice, apart from 12" and 16" versions.

The friendly owner gave suggestions on what to order from the limited items listed. But a glance across the menu revealed that the pizzas were not your usual eats. Instead, they were named after various hands and variations of poker and featured unusual combinations of toppings like blue cheese and salsa.

To start off, we ordered the garlic bread with salsa and cheese (Rs 60) and the jacket potatoes with barbequed chicken and blue cheese (Rs 95). While the former was delicious, the latter was finger-licking good, and if the generous amounts of cheese were anything to go by, definitely not for weight watchers.

Already stuffed, we decided to try the slice versions on offer. We got The Wild (mushroom, green peppers, red onions and cheddar cheese, Rs 95), the Venetian (marinated pesto chicken, coloured peppers and cheddar cheese, Rs 110) and Mississippi Stud (original cheese with barbequed chicken and cheddar cheese, Rs 110). Not a single slice disappointed, whether in size or taste. The Venetian, however, needs a special mention for its sheer ability to entice and appeal to most of our senses with its aromatic smell, colourful toppings and great taste.

Uncomfortably full, we called a stop to this binge after spending nearly two hours at the place. Yet we noticed that despite the good food and decent ambience, there were hardly any customers around.

As we left, the owner requested us to promote the place on various social networking sites. But he forgets, a good hand does not need to be hidden.

What: Full House
Where: 6, Juhu Shopping Centre, near Criticare Hospital, Vile Parle (W)
Call: 66995566
What’s on the menu: Breads, pizzas and strambolis
Drinking: No
Smoking: No

What we like
* The food, The service

What we don’t like
The limited options, The location

Rating: ****