Mexican Or Lebanese; Powai Gives You A Taste Of Both With El Rancho And Pick Pocket | All The Deets

By Sama Ankolkar October 4, 2018
Pizza Time At El Rancho!

Powai has a new eatery that has the answer to an indecisive mind when it comes to picking where and what to eat. El Rancho serves up the tasty, bold flavours of Mexico featuring favourites and familiar dishes such as Nachos, Soft Shell Tacos and Quesadillas; to name a few. While its housing partner, Pick Pocket brings the spices and flavours of the Middle East with Hummus and Pita, Zaatar Bread, Pita Pockets and more.

Nachos At El Rancho

Nachos At El Rancho

We sat facing a wall painted with loud colours and revolutionaries’ paintings, which helped to illustrate the Mexican menu of El Rancho, while our backs were against a calm Mediterranean blue wall portraying its Lebanese influence on the menu from Pick Pocket. The space is large enough for about 14 diners. Though compact, the premises seemed clean and hygienic which won brownie points for a QSR.

Exterior View Of El Rancho And Pick Pocket

Exterior View Of El Rancho And Pick Pocket

We picked a couple of things from each menu. From the Mexican side, we chose to start with the Three Cheese Chicken Quesadillas and skip the regular nachos. Well stuffed and seasoned, these were quite wholesome. The filling oozed with cheese and the ratio between the vegetables and chicken was just right. El Rancho also serves Mexican inspired pizzas by the slice so we tried the Americano 4 Cheese Pizza and weren’t disappointed. Four strong flavours of different types of cheese were distinct and the humungous slice is enough for a person to make it part of their lunch. The Chicken Stroganoff with Herbed Rice was recommended to us so we decided to call for that as well. A creamy gravy with boneless chicken pieces came to the table. Garnished with bell peppers and coriander, this was little different from the traditional stroganoff but delicious, nonetheless. The rice was flavourful and went well with the gravy.

Mandi Rice At Pick Pocket!

Mandi Rice At Pick Pocket!

From Pick Pocket, we naturally went with the Pita Bread with Hummus. The hummus was delicious and I was surprised because I didn’t expect a QSR to nail the right amount of tang and balance of flavours. It was relished by my companion and I. We also tried two of their pita pockets which were pita bread pockets stuffed with different fillings. We tried the Mediterranean Veg Patty Pocket which was stuffed with patties made of potato and peas with the texture of falafel and were topped with a smear of hummus. The patties were not only quite tasty but also had a nice crunch to it and the hummus stopped it from becoming too dry. The Chicken Jalfrezi Pocket was a pita pocket stuffed with tangy, juicy chicken pieces with a punch of spice coming from bell peppers and chillies. This flavours of this bent more towards the Indian palette, which is intentional on part of the brand to satisfy all taste buds.

Mediterranean Veg Patty Pocket

Mediterranean Veg Patty Pocket

We then ordered the Chicken Kabsa, which was an extremely flavourful dish. Saffron dominated this creamy concoction and the chicken was tender and almost fell of the bone. Long grains of aromatic basmati came along with this dish which was a beautiful accompaniment to the fragrant gravy. I was quite impressed by this dish. We ended with the Turkish Baklava. These were bites of goodness with flaky pastry stuffed with dry fruits drenched in jaggery. I really did like the baklava and even packed some to take home with me.

Baklava

Baklava

To sum it up, I would say the both, El Rancho and Pick Pocket make a good stop for a lunch or a budget friendly meet up with friends. Small, pocket friendly, clean with efficient staff makes this destination a good one to stop by if in the area or work in Powai. The food is appetising, wholesome and caters to multiple palettes and preferences.