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Chicken rules at this American diner

It’s the spaciousness of Wild Wild West that will take you by surprise when you walk in. Located on the second floor of Fun Republic in Andheri (W), finding this eating joint isn’t hard.

india Updated: Aug 19, 2011 15:02 IST
Nirmika Singh

It’s the spaciousness of Wild Wild West that will take you by surprise when you walk in. Located on the second floor of Fun Republic in Andheri (W), finding this eating joint isn’t hard. The beige seating and walls devoid of textures might seem a little drab and lacking in character. Also, there’s somewhat of a clash between the themes of country-western and Afro-American jazz heritage in the décor. So you have a lasso and saddle n guns hung on the wall sharing space with trumpets, a saxophone and models of jazz players. The restaurant is trying to achieve a TGIF pan-American feel in its interiors.

The food
The best part about the place is that the food prices displayed on the menu are inclusive of VAT and service tax —something that will bring a smile to your face. Among the starters and finger food options, we ordered Charcoal Grilled Cilantro Chicken (Rs 199). The chicken was excellently marinated and barbequed to a juicy finish — definitely a must-have at this joint. But the Indian Spiced BBQ Mushroom Cottage Cheese in Tortilla (R 149) gets a thumb’s down from us for its lack of flavour and taste. For the main course (the restaurant boasts of plated main course options), the Grilled Jamaican Jerk Chicken (R 299) served with paprika herb cream sauce was enjoyable for the delicately flavourful rice it is served with.

Since not many restaurants feature shepherd’s pie on their menu, we were glad to find it here and hoped for a culinary delight. But even though the Old Fashioned Shepherd’s Pie (R 399) did not really disappoint (the lamb mince was near perfect), the thick layer of cheese topping it (where did all the yummy mashed potato disappear?) was a turn-off. So we had to scrape the mashed potato from the other side of the cheese layer to satisfy our taste- buds. Out of the two dessert options available on that day, the Italian Cassata (R 79), with its triple layers of strawberry, nuts and mousse was just average.

Since we went on a Wednesday, when the establishment hosts its weekly Karaoke night, we had plenty of space to occupy ourselves. There is also a mini-stage at a prime spot in the restaurant, and the manager informed us that there are plans for live acts such as stand-up comedy and music performances. Let’s look forward to more action from this place then, when we visit it the next time around.

What we like
Chicken dishes
Karaoke night

What we don’t like
The spartan feel of the décor

In a tweet Enjoy the Grilled Cilantro Chicken while crooning songs at the karaoke night at this spacious eating joint