Taco Bell – for the love for Mexican food

When I visit a restaurant  somewhere the marketer in me is always looking for the details beyond just the food, menu  and store layout. And for the first time i realized these guys have got it better than most others in this league.

Sometimes the simplicity in details and thought of putting all of it out there makes more difference than the fancy jagrans.

We entered the store with the idea of picking our lunch and quickly moving out, We knew we are not going to have it in the store but there speed to deliver made us sit and have it and thats when i got engaged with the interesting stuff  in the  store communication.

You will get to see a lot of mention of this phrase  “Live Mas ”  where mas is a spanish word meaning “more” and this was introduced for taco bell in 2012 when they replaced their existing tag line “Yo Quiero Taco Bell.” that meant ” think outside of bun.” This is engraved across the store and even on the tissue papers (check the first pic ). And even the earlier tag line was so apt, but lets have more for now.

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Making pronunciation easy 

Most of us might have felt  difficult when we have come across this word “”Quesadilla”, well to be frank I could not pronounce it right in the first go years back when I first came across this word and look how they have placed it in hindi loud and clear , when you ll look at this wall you ll definitely pronounce this at least once as i did in your head. And hindi made it sound  more interesting. They have done the same with Taco, Nacho & Buritto.

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*This photo is picked from Zomato 

Order made easy 

If you are on the counter placing the order , here is the complete guide for you on how to make your order. if its your first time to the store  this is going to be a great help to you. Check the pic under for steps and you are sorted

  1. Pick your product – Taco/ Burrito / Quesadilla /Chalupa (read it in hind or english as your prefer)
  2. Choose your filling : from vegetarian to non veg 3  options in each.
  3. Choose your sauce : just 3 options so that you are less confused.
  4. Select a side : from 4 options

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Menu right up there on the wall, though i felt it was on a height but then its okay.

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Offer board 

There was this place where the paper rolled down from a pulley and it made me curious what is it, when I checked with the staff it’s actually a notice board on which they flash the offer of the day whenever there is one. (Marketing people will understand that gives the store so much independence to write stuff and make it interesting, may be a spot to let the store employees show off their creative writing ) . But indeed a good placement just right to the counter and minimising printing cost as well.

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Follow us 

Right on the wall , all four social handles sign with the handle name – @tacobellIndia

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Wall of History 

The walls speak of the history of the store and another wall marks the location as Nehru place and not misses to highlight the current India Locations. Smart.

1954 – Glen Bell started Bell’s Drive in and Taco Tia in San Bernardino.

1962 – First Taco bell Restaurant opened in Downey,  CA

2010 – Taco bell opens in Delhi, Mumbai & Bangalore

2016 – Taco Bell opens at Nehru place. (we checked it out after a year of launch )

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Right sitting with perfect foot rest

thats exactly what you need for your happy feet while you indulge in delicious food.just perfect height for both the and right placement

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Hard Drink Menu guide 

A dedicated counter with the options of Hard drinks up there to help you decide in a quick pick.

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Lets get to food we had on this visit

  • Bell Rice Bowl – Mexican Paneer 

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  • A Taco Slidder – Bean, paneer & Fajita Veggies

Perfectly crisp outside and juicy loaded with veggies on inside. Taco slider for me is what comes to my mind when i think of Taco.

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  • A Soft Chocolate shake – to treat the sweet-tooth in me

Perfectly sweet and thick with just the right balance of chocolate ice cream, dont go for it if you dont have a sweet tooth.

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  • Loaded Nachos- Veg 

when the toppings on nachos does not kill the crisp thats when you just love it as you crack it out in your mouth, and this was just perfect.

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And now the most important thing, we were done with our lunch in just 20 minutes that included our clicking pictures and bothering the attendant multiple times to seek clarity on a lot of things. Isn’t its seriously fast food luncheon.

If you love mexican fast food then this is definitely the place which you should check out , good food , nice ambience and great pricing with just the right quantities to stuff you up.

TACO Bell – Rings the mexican food bells for your taste buds. so go Explore.

Taco Bell Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 Light Camera Action on Terrace this Winter

This was the first time when I was attending a Foodie Meet up in Rajouri garden  so far this area was a forbidden land for me. But with so much action happening at the Restaurants in West Delhi , being a foodie you can’t stay away for long anyways .

Was invited for a meet up by The Brandilicious team , at LIGHT CAMERA ACTION – Air Bar, winters can’t get better than this.

So here i was on one of the most spacious terrace looking straight to the metro track and a metro passing every 5 minutes adding to the music of saaddi Delhi as they call. One thing that i just loved about the Terrace was the sitting arrangements and the colors. They hadso much of space still not cluttered , so much of colors but still not over the top, so much sunshine but still doesn’t give you a sun burn.This place is an amazing place to hangout over some open air  & sunshine truly a AIR Bar, so Baar baar jao.

Check out some Restaurant shots before we move to Food

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bar Area

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Fine dining sitting 

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Inside shot

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Wall of Frame 

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Director – Bar set hai 

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Chulbul pandey in Action 

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Entrance at level 2 

Ye Restaurant full filmy hai, From the entry to the bar, sitting to walls, Terrace to the Tshirts of the staff saab kuch too much Filmy hai boss. And Eshki terrace toh Maa kasam Solid hai and ….baki saab kamosh.

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And when a place is done so well, of course the food needs to match the same standards. So had one of the best laid mocktails on a tasting table so far.

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Summer cooler & Lychee Ade 

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Fruity Mojito 

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Sangria , Summer cooler and Lychee ade 

The starters  were loaded with choice and of course taste. Had tried Pyar tune Quesadilla , Nacho saare Jee phaad ke, Pran jaye per paneer na jaye and Baba ji ka mushroom, Lick me like a loliie and Pataaka chicken… Truly poora ka poora filmy menu and full on filmy on taste.

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Nacho saare Ji phaad k 

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Pyar tune quesadilla 

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Praan jaye per paneer na jaye 

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pYar tune quesadilla Non veg 

“did you tried Mera Birthday Wala Pasta ” – said a fellow foodie and i thought she is referring to some homemade Pasta , But when this yummylicious plate of pasta hit our table then we knew its beyond something delicious. Yummy it was , true to its name happy bday wala  Pasta arranged as cake over a bed of sauce as the base and cheesy top just like the icing on the cake and olives were aaka cherries. A must to pick at least once (and it had lots of broccoli too for health freaks) – Check the Video 

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Looks like cake isnt it 

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Mera Happy Bday wala Pasta 

So while we were already spoiled with the choice of starters, and then the main course arrived. I tried vegetarian food in main course and Dal makani was seriously yum , had to go for a repeat serving- you may try this as well.

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Briyani 

So overall a great experience with great service , ambience  and  food.

Best part was this place grows over you as you spend some time here and probably for the first time most of the foodies among  us had a good time just sitting under  the sun and the weather was just perfect for a lot of chit-chat over drinks. 

So if you happen to visit this place , ditch the indoor sitting , hit the terrace and have fun with the AIR in Light Camera Action – AIR Bar.

Lights Camera Action - Air Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Eat like a Japanese in the Heart of Delhi @ Guppy

When a Restaurant specializes in a particular cuisines the authenticity is always in question, and that is something that definitely hits you as you enter this space designed to unwind. A big board guides the way inside to the restaurant among the greens.

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Passage to the entry

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Open air sitting

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high raise tables

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colorful sitting

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Whenever it is about Japanese food the first thing that hits us is Sushi – undoubtedly the most famous Japanese dish outside of Japan as well as in Japan. Since traditional  Japanese cuisine is served on low rise  tables and cushions placed on floor over mats, so don’t expect the floor sitting ,here  they have a proper western yet comfortable & colorful  sitting.

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What is always most challenging for me is to find the Veg options in a cuisine other than Indian. But this place is completely sorted to offer the best vegetarian options along with a good non veg spread with lots of seafood.

So the easiest to pick is the Meal options whether it is sunday brunch or weekday  Guppy set lunch or dinner option, these pre designed meals comes really handy. Japanese style traditionally abhors different flavored dishes touching each other on a single plate, so different dishes are given their own individual plates as mentioned, or are partitioned using leaves, etc. So going by that they offer each and every dish directly in eating bowls and cutlery .And this place follows the course to the core, the next dish on the menu would only arrive on the table when you are done with the previous dish.

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I opted for Teppanyaki Stir fried vegetables priced at Rs. 900/- for a 5 course meal with 6 items.

1.Salad – Seasonal greens with wafu dressing 

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Green vegetables served in Wafu dressing

This is literally “Japanese-style dressing” is a vinaigrette-type salad dressing based on tosazu, popular in Japan. The best part of the Japanese salad is unlike western salad these salads dont have oil as base, this one was  tossed in vinegar, soy sauce and sesame seeds.

2. Meso Soup : fermented soya bean paste soup in a dish base with tofu , wakame and spring onions.

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Miso soups are authentic japanese soup,but if being a vegetarian you are sensitive to smells, don’t go for this soup as the fermented soya bean paste is not that pleasant.If thats the case you can opt for clear mushroom soup. The other ingredient in this soup is the seaweed – Wakame which is a well cooked green leaf and plain tofu does add to the taste.

3. Sushi Roll –  Sushi of the day 

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So whats Sushi ?

In Japan there are over 4-5 varities of Sushi and outside of Japan most common is  Norimaki  Sushi rice and seafood, etc. rolled in dried seaweed sheets. There are countless varieties of sushi rolls differing in ingredients and thickness. Sushi rolls prepared “inside out” are very popular outside of Japan, but rarely found in Japan.

Here I opted for a Black rice california roll  that had avacardo, creame, asparagus, cucumber and takvan as the filling , and this was so good that I had ordered for complete portion and got it packed. (full portion had 9 pieces ) served with pickled ginger and avacardo chutney.

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Black rice california roll

4. Rice Or Noodles – Udon Noodles with exotic Mushrooms 

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Udon is a type of thick wheat flour noodle of Japanese cuisine. The bowl had loads of veggies , sesame seeds and the soup.

5.Teppanyaki Stir fried vegetables

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Perfectly stir fried vegetables sprinkled with finely diced onion stems and sesame seeds. And the sauce was great on taste with the perfect blend of vinegar.

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A combination of 4 deserts in mini portions had Fruits, chocolate, red velvet cake and Tart. Portions that were just perfect for giving taste of the desserts and leaving the craving on.

The best part of the entire experience was the timing of each and every dish being served just to ensure that you are completely in the dish that is on the table and the next one comes while the existing is cleared.

Along with the lunch , I also tried my hands on 2 of the mocktails

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Overall had a great experience and interesting part is the live sushi corner where you can watch the preparation of your choice of sushi while its being made – Check out the video here 

This place has something about the way they have used the space , a combination of well lit , open and closed space. the outside space is done so well that it becomes a preferred point to chill out with kids, and i am surely going to try this out.

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Small little but lots of such elements that gives this place a seem less theme of being a japanese restaurant.

Try out this place if you like japanese cuisine and if you never had it before then also its a must try to get a hang of this cuisine in the most affordable way.Pre booking / reservation is recommended especially over the weekends.

Guppy Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato