After winning over the food lovers in Gurgaon earlier this September, the Tacomosa festival by Pirates of Grill is now live at the Mall of India, Noida, outlet. As the name suggests, the festival plays with the fusion of popular Indian and Mexican street food flavours — Taco and Samosa.
For those who are new to the brand, Pirates of Grill, brings out the joy of live barbecue at your table. Conceptualised by young restaurateur brothers, Inderjeet and Jasmeet Banga (who also have to their credit the fun and quirky Prankster in Gurgaon) Pirates of Grill brings to the table the experience of grilling your own starters while you catch up with your extended family over a hearty dinner. The flavours are familiar and stick to traditional and comfort.
So, what is there in the Tacomosa festival you would ask? To cut the long story short, Tacomosa is about popular street flavours overlapping and bursting into your mouth. Purists be warned, just like there cannot take out chutney or ketchup out of Indian/Mexican street food, there is no reason this is going to be different. As promised, the Tacomosa menu is high on flavours and quirky in presentation. Throw in some fun fusion and you are on the roll!
Listing out the ones I thoroughly enjoyed from the festival:
1. Progressive Taco Chaat with Tamarind Elaichi Curd
For a die-hard chaat lover (I could live on chaat!) this one was actually my starter and, in fact, tops the list. A slightly crisper Taco replaces the good-old papadi in this starter. I loved the way the rest of the ingredients sat so smugly in the taco base. All you have to do is pop it in your mouth and feel the burst of flavours fill up your senses. Make sure you don’t let it sit for long lest it becomes soggy and unmanageable!
2. Grilled Barbeque Sausage Bun Taco
The heavy duty play of oregano, mayo and barbeque sauce in chicken sausages stuffed bun tacos is what makes this dish a hit with the young and the old alike. I have to admit I found the starter a little too sweet and ketchup(y) for my taste, but my daughter loved it. Have teenagers and younger ones on the table? Go for it!
Vegetarian? Peanut Butter Tarkari in Homemade Bun is your option. Equally tasty and crunchy, it is actually a healthy offering.
3. Deconstructed Samosa with Aloo Basil Rasa
All you kachori-aloo fans are going to love this one! And here’s what to expect. Bite-sized papdi/without stuffing samosas doused in tomato gravy infused with pineapple chunks. Just so it does not get soggy on its way to your table, the server brings it separately to your table and finishes the dish at the table. We recommend you let the samosas soak the flavours a bit before you dig into it.
4. Pineapple Churrasco
This actually an old favourite and their bestseller and there is no way you should walk out of the restaurant without trying this one. Pineapple chunks marinated in honey and cinnamon and grilled over slow fire look really tempting when they arrive at your table studded in big skewers. Watching the server carve them onto your plate actually whets your appetite.
5. Vanilla cream with chocolate-dipped tacos and banana caramel
This one promises to be a hit with the kids and grown-ups alike. If I were not full already, I would have cribbed about the small portion! Chocolate tacos comes dipped in vanilla icecream, accompanied by a tiny grilled banana with toffee sauce. Wait. That’s not all, dig into it and you’d love the surprise that banoffee offers inside. Like it? Go for another serving!
Tempted by the flavours? We suggest you book a table now. The festival closes November 8.
The address: 3rd Floor, DLF Mall of India, Sector 18, Noida, Uttar Pradesh — 201301