The place: Bembos, Bandra (W), Mumbai
The time: Lunch on a lazy Sunday afternoon
The mission: Eat!
Having passed Bembos a few dozen times before, it was quite embarrassing that I had to call the restaurant and ask for directions. Then again, that's nothing new. The thought of eating a big meal at a place we have heard is great, makes one lose their sense of direction (true story!).
For those of you who have watched Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle - you know that no matter what happens along the way, all you want in the end is "the perfect meal. Something that'll REALLY hit the spot". I assure you, this trip had no extreme adventures or anything of the sort. Just a super, super meal!
The first thing that catches your eye about this place is that there IS nothing eye-catching about it. Simplistic decor with aluminium finish tables and chairs. Nothing fancy, but it is clean and it smells like heaven. Standing at the counter and deciding what to eat is nothing short of torture. EVERYTHING looks so good! (And this isn't like at McDonald's, where you have expertly photoshopped images of burgers that look so great on the display and disappoint you moments later when on your plate).
We went with a Grilled Chicken combo meal and a Tangy Crispy Chicken combo - two HUGE burgers, two large cokes and two large sides of fries. (I'm probably asking for a coronary, but I could LIVE on this stuff!). The highlight of the meal was discovering that along with the tomato ketchup and chilli sauce, the condiment rack had mayonnaise. UNLIMITED Mayonnaise! And it was goooood mayonnaise! Definitely a highlight as far as we were concerned. (One also has the option of throwing in a slice of cheese and a fried egg. Mmmmm!)
Our mission was simple - as it always is - to get our money's worth!
Almost an hour later, two very full stomachs left the place, content and already looking forward to their next visit. On the whole, one of the most satisfying "junk" meals in a long time! Mission accomplished!!
Como Bembos no hay otra!
Bembos at a glance:
Address: 34, Manorama Chambers, Opp. Indian Bank, S. V. Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai (3-minutes walking distance from Shoppers Stop on Linking Road)
Phone nos: +91 22 26415599, +91 22 26415600, +91 22 67100625
A brief history: Bembos is a Peruvian fast food chain offering hamburgers, often with Peruvian-influenced variations. Bembos was established in 1988, with its first restaurant opening in the Miraflores district of Lima. Bembos mixes spices into their meat, giving a distinct taste and appearance. Bembos has opened restaurants outside of Peru, located in Delhi NCR and Mumbai, India and Panamá City, Panamá.
Our rating: 10/10!