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Saddle Up

3 Pegs Down takes you down to the corral with its Tex-Mex fare and cowboy-inspired decor.

Written by Shantanu David |
March 12, 2016 12:05:09 am
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Cross the main entrance of 3 Pegs Down and you come to a saloon door. A creak and a swing later, you enter a voluminous space decked out with revolvers, horseshoes and other objet d art straight out of the pages of Zane Grey and Louise L’Amour. The frontier/wild west-themed bar has a mechanical bull, complete with Terminator-style red eyes, which is the focal point of the space, such as the TV in a living room; said space is large and spread out, including a huge outdoor area.

While the food menu meanders around cowboy country-like tumbleweed, with a large selection of Tex-Mex fare, there is also the usual collective of cuisines from world over. Given the name of the establishment, the liquor menu is correspondingly lengthy, with an emphasis on volume; basically, the more you drink, the cheaper it is. Following the adage of when in Rome, or the wild, wild West in this case, we mosey down the Mexican selection for starters. Piled up like a house of cards, the Non-vegetarian Loaded Nachos come with an adhesive of molten cheese holding together the chips, refried beans and shredded chicken, accompanied by salsa, guacamole and sour cream. The guacamole is zesty, adding a welcome spike to the well-salted snack, while the salsa comes smokier than the barrel of a just- fired Colt .45. In contrast, the Chilli Chicken and Cheese Quesadilla is almost sweet with a surfeit of more cheese, the chicken lava red in both colour and piquancy.

Having being initiated into the mysteries of the Far West, we come closer home for our mains, turning to more popular cuisines. So from the Italian, we have a simple Penne in Cheese Sauce and from the Orient, the more complex sounding Caramel Pepper Prawns. The pasta is textbook, an oozing melange of even more cheese, sliced chicken, black olives and al dente penne. The prawns come simmered with Sichuan peppercorns and burnished with caramel and spiced with garlic, crunchy at first bite and subsequently pliant. Since dessert is limited to brownies and ice cream at the moment, we decide to give the sweet course a miss. We have to get on to our horses and gallop off, anyway.

Meal for Two: Rs 1,800 (including taxes)
Address: 11/12/14-A, Ground Floor, Southern Park Mall, District Centre, Saket.

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