Bangs is a recent entrant into the fried chicken business scene of India. It’s a “me too” on KFC & McDonalds quick service restaurants and boasts of over 30 outlets countrywide. Pawan Soni & I checked out Bangs at Palam Vihar in Gurgaon and found the experience to be just a notch above average.
The demure restaurant seats around 30 people and is done up in blue – too much blue which gets overpowering. The furniture is very functional. The menu display is brightly lit but is a bit obstructed by some hanging appendages the purpose of which we didn’t understand.
To start with we ordered for two pieces of fried chicken (Rs.99). The chicken was indeed very succulent and crispy, however was served after about 10 minutes which was a let down on the “quick” service levels. Still the superior quality of chicken made up for the delay. To go with it I ordered Lusty Lime (Rs. 50) from Bang Blends, a green apple flavoured drink which was quite refreshing while Pawan ordered Choco Brownie Blast (Rs. 70) which was average but filling. A rich drink as such can be quite avoided with fried chicken which Pawan realised the heavy tummy way.
The Big Bad Boy burger (Rs 109) was the next round and was neatly done and comprises of a crispy fried chicken fillet alternated with slices of cheese, tomato and thick chicken salami. The quality of buns I felt could be a bit bigger and fresher since this one was a bit crumby and was breaking easily. However, the burger is a definite winner and drives the taste home.
I am all for pasta, if it is well done. In case of Bangs, Pasta Al Pomodoro (Rs. 99) was a let down on two counts. First, the pasta was overcooked and second the sauce tasted like a masala we use in kadhai paneer. The only part that I can remotely call good in the pasta was perhaps the sliced chicken.
To try out something vegetarian, we ordered for a Veg Paneer Wrap (Rs. 70). The wrap was big enough and the generous filling looked quite appetising, however, with the first bite I again dreamt of kadhai paneer. To me a wrap needs to be more Mexican rather than being localised to such a great extent. This was a let down again which was ably countered by a generous portion of Chicken Popcorn (Rs. 60) – small bite sized crispy delights which I am sure will be a big hit with kids as much as they were with me.
To wrap up the meal, we went for a shared portion of Choco Crunch Frostie (Rs. 60) made by creaming Oreo biscuits with vanilla ice cream and then loaded with chunky pieces of Oreo. This was the perfect closure to the early meal we both had. I will surely go back again to check out Wicked Chicken Wings, Nuggets and Fries which I could not after such a filling meal.
To Sum-It-Up: Bangs is a value for money restaurant for everyone. The prices are almost less than 30% if compared to another similar fast food joint. The chicken at Bangs rocks though tweaks are required on the vegetarian stuff. Service definitely needs to be quicker. Soft drinks and water are sold at MRP which is great.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Food: 3.5 | Ambiance: 3.0 | Service: 2.5 |Overall: 3.0
Meal for two: Rs. 400 | Alcohol: No | Credit Card: No
Address: Ground Floor, Ansal Plaza Mall, Palam Vihar, Gurgaon | Phone: 0124 422 227