Friday, January 24, 2014
FRESH, GRILLED, HEALTHY…STRAIGHT FROM MIAMI
Food being marinated in fruit juices with a secret blend of Caribbean spices makes ‘Pollo Tropical’ a winner
Looking for authentic Caribbean food? Looking for nourishing and healthy food? Looking for friendly and quick service? Looking for good prices? Pollo Tropical (pronounced poyyo tropicaaal) is the way to go. This little chain of heaven was started in Miami; it was interesting for me to find out later on their website that they have been around since 1988 and is located variously across America and in countries all over the world (including India now, Trinidad, and Honduras!).The food is delicious, has large quantities, and the price is reasonable.You have a lot of options on the menu and can tailor your choices to your level of spiciness. They have wonderful specialty drinks on offer as well. You can enjoy healthy grilled chicken on an open flame before your eyes soon after you place your order. Really great chicken, pretty good sides and yummy cilantro garlic sauce is what I would highly recommend. It’s kind of Cuban, but also kind of Puerto Rican too. I guess Latin Caribbean would be a good way to describe the succulent, tender, savoury, fall off the bone grilled chicken they serve up here. Consistency, value, consistency! The prices are just unbelievably reasonable and you get great quality food I also tried a ‘Tropichop’, though after a lot of rethinking, because on principal I never order anything with a silly name because it seems like a ploy to get people to say something silly for an irrelevant purpose. Why this is called a Tropichop? I wondered, because the food is supposedly tropical and the meat is ‘chopped’? Whatever!! Anyways I got mine with chicken, white rice, black beans, tomatoes, corn, peppers, and onions. It was decadent to the core, completely wholesome and married well with the Spicy poyo poyo sauce. To end on a sweet note, do not leave without trying the ‘tres leches’ a freshly baked pound cake drenched in a light cream, covered with fluffy icing with a cherry on top….yummy! Definitely Pollo Tropical has a repeat customer in me. For fast food, it sure tastes much better than any other fast food I have had. Some stuff even tastes more like a home cooked meal. Fast, cheap and the staff is actually lovely! All in all thumbs up! Did I mention consistency?
Pollo Tropical, MA-01, DLF Place Restaurant Block, Saket, New Delhi
Meal for Two: INR 750
For Reservations: 011-41099909/9999554488
published in Statesman on 23/01/2014