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Cheesy does it

india Updated: Aug 23, 2013 16:15 IST
Sneha Mahale
Sneha Mahale
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Cheesy does it
Sneha Mahale
There was a time when going out for pizza or getting a takeaway invariably involved heading to the Dominos or Garcia’s outlet closest to home. And those looking for a high-end option didn’t look beyond Pizza Hut. But the last few years have seen an influx of standalone pizza outlets looking to eat into these chains’, well, share of the pie. And considering how well the pizza had adapted itself to the desi palate, ‘the more the merrier’ has been the approach of pizza outlets looking to enter the Indian market. Debonairs is the latest name to cash in on that sentiment. The South African pizza group had tried to enter the Indian market once before, but unfortunately, they were unsuccessful then. This is their second attempt.

The group plans to open multiple outlets in Mumbai, and the one in Andheri is their first. Like many such chains, ambience isn’t the focus as most people call them for deliveries or place takeaway orders. A few tables have been set up, and that’s about it.

The menu is extensive. A quick glance reveals that several pizzas have been adapted to suit Indian tastes. We started our meal with a Pizza Pop-Itz — this concoction looks like a quiche, and is their specialty. We ordered the Green Chutney Cheese Pop-Itz (R125) and the oozing cream cheese, mozzarella and cheddar hit the right spot, making it the perfect start to our meal.

From the pizzas, we opted for the Paneer Makhani (R395) in a Double Stack Base (R150 extra), the Chicken and Mushroom (R195) and former cricketer Jonty Rhodes’s Durban Spicy Chicken (R475) in a Thin and Crispy Base (R50 extra). The vegetarian pizza was good, but the base, which was supposed to have Debonairs’s secret cheese filling stuffed between the two crisp bases, didn’t live up to the billing. The Chicken and Mushroom was good, while the Durban Spicy Chicken was every bite as exciting as watching Rhodes fielding during a cricket match. All in all, we had a good experience.

(HT Café reviews anonymously and pays for its meals.)

What: Debonairs Pizza
where: Shubham Co Operative Housing Society, Government Layout No. 5, Juhu Versova Link Road, Andheri
Call: 3313 0297
What’s on the menu: Pizzas and subs
Drinking: No
Smoking: No

At a glance...
Decor: Minimal
Food quality: Good
Reservation: Not needed
Service: Polite
Meal for two: R600 without alcohol