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Food: Bite into the wild West at this new Lower Parel eatery

Dig into double-decker Texan burgers and straddle a rodeo bull at a new Lower Parel Tex-Mex eatery

Busts of bulls and horses glared at us from the walls as we stepped into the dimly-lit Old Wild West, the latest entrant at Kamala Mills set to open early next week. A hark back to the old-style Texan diners, the spacious 120-seater restaurant featured brown-and-beige sofas, polished wooden tables and waiters wearing cowboy hats. Its main attraction is the giant rodeo bull placed in the centre of an inflatable tube. With a controlled speed setting, we could totally imagine ourselves enjoying an adventurous ride on the bull; post a few drinks, perhaps. Since we were sticking to mocktails for this working lunch, we let it pass.

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Jumbo Beef Burger.
Jumbo Beef Burger. Pics/Datta Kumbhar

A trip to Texas
Settling into the cushy sofas, we poured over an extensive menu serving a fusion of American and Mexican cuisine, popularly known as Tex-Mex cuisine. To cater to a wider audience, Indian Chicken Tikka and Italian Mix Sauce Pasta also featured on the menu. We chose to tuck into their theme cuisine.

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Texas Veg Nachos
Texas Veg Nachos

With generous portions that would feed three, Texas Veg Nachos (Rs 410) and Texas Veg Toastadas (Rs 350) were a hit. Unlike the regular tortilla-and-cheese sauce variety, the nachos packed in veggies, cheese, beans, sour cream, pesto and crunchy cottage cheese chunks too. Meanwhile, caramelised onions added a sweet touch to toastadas, that were otherwise infused with the same nacho flavours.

With a strong flavour of smoked barbeque sauce, the Sweet and Smoky Chicken Wings (Rs 395) were melt-in-the-mouth. The South West Style Ribs (Rs 415), which carried a hint of sweetness in the succulent glazed pork, were polished off within minutes. Stuffed with refried beans, bell peppers and tangy flavours, Veg Burritos (Rs 325), accompanied by garden salad and crispy French fries, were a veggie’s delight. We washed them down with the refreshing Basil Passion Fizz (Rs 190), a sweet-and-sour lime drink with hints of the herb.

The rodeo bull ride at the restaurant
The rodeo bull ride at the restaurant

Burger bonanza
While we liked the idea of a beans patty in the Mexicali Veggie Burger (Rs 425), it lacked a distinct flavour. The highlight of the meal was Jumbo Beef Burger (Rs 545). The double-decker burger was stuffed with soft, well-done carabeef steaks, oodles of cheese and Romaine lettuce. A must-try. We wound up our Texan trail with the richly flavoured American Baked Cheesecake (Rs 299) topped with a sweet strawberry coulis. With a refreshingly different theme and indulgent portion sizes, we’d love to get a slice of the West again, more so, for that pending rodeo bull ride.

Opens on: December 9, 12 noon to 1 am
At: First floor, Trade View, Oasis Block, Kamala Mills Compound, PB Marg, Lower Parel.

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