Saturday, December 17, 2005

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Dominos India has introduced a 'cheeseburger pizza'. It's kind of ironic because a couple of years ago the burger people - McDonald's - introduced the 'Pizza McPuff'.

Well, I had a taste of the new hybrid pizza and must say it was surprisingly good. I use the word surprise because I'm not a satisfied Dominos customer.

Originally we ordered Dominos because it was the only home delivery pizza available where I live. Now there's a Smoking Joes (which is infinitely better) but I can never recall the number. And so, Dominos wins every time.

Besides, Dominos keeps dropping coupons by your house with this or that offer. And one fine day when you're tired of the maid's cooking but too tired to go out and eat either, you see their flyer with the cheese doing a nach balliye with the toppings and say, 'let's order!'

However 8 times out of 10 I have been unhappy with the pizza when it actually arrives. The base is too thick and elasticky in your mouth. The pizza too bland. Or, exotic sounding but ordinary.

In fact the non-pizza items on the menu have always been more satisfying. The twisty bread, garlic breadstick and most of all the Cinna Stix with Apple Dip.

Mmm ..accha hai
Well, this time was different. The 'cheeseburger pizza' is good. The good thing is I didn't know what I was biting into or I may have had a less objective opinion. A cheeseburger pizza, after all, sounds pretty 'cheesy'.

This pizza has a filling and a topping. The filling reminded me more of pav bhaji than a 'burger' but the overall effect was good. The concept seems to be inspired by our desi stuffed parathas than a burger if you ask me. But 'paratha pizza' may not have sounded that cool.

Of course, I am sure the extra layers of cheese + the burger filling = many, many more calories than regular pizzas. So, plan to have two slices instead of three.

And yeah, do check out their new 'India' website. The steam rising from the pizza featured on the home page is a great idea. Makes you actually want to order now.

But no, I'm trying to shed some weight and so will firmly resist!

One day they'll figure out how to add smell to the cyberequation and then.. well it won't be that easy.

15 comments:

  1. Hey Rashmi, Contact me for the number of Pizza Italian in Vashi. Its not only half the price of Dominos but the pizzas are awesome and I even get him to make me a wheat-based one :-)

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  2. hi rashmi... this is about your previous post... i stay in chennai and due to my TV's limitations dont get CNBC... though would lov it if u could write a post abt the 'Uncovered' IIPM episode... however i do get cnbc awaaz...

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  3. If the Smokin' Joes pizza people were smart, they'd read blogs. If they were smarter, they'd give you a year's supply of pizza free and change their number to something that people will remember. In a related thought, pizza companies refuse to deliver to my area of town.

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  4. This summer when I visited Bombay, I tried paneer tikka pizza and some other exotic kind- it was so good!! Even the chinese burger at McDonanlds.. mmm.
    I don't even dare to step into the McD's in USA and Dominos is for nights when we are either totally broke or totally caved in, coz these guys (thankfully!) deliver even when there's 10 inches of snow outside. (They beat the chinese take-outs to this!)

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  5. hi rashmi

    I have blogged about my experiences with Domino's here:

    http://cognitiveoverload.blogspot.com/2005/11/home-delivery.html

    praveen

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  6. Smokin' Joes is the best, definitely! Yes, i too never remember their number. The best option is to call up TimesInfoline, but the prob is i forget that number too! Effect of not eating out too often...

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  7. Hi Rashmi

    Glad to know that you like our new Cheese Burger Pizza. You mentioned that you do not like the base of the Pizza often, may i recommend that you try our thin crust base, which is thinner, crispier and appropriate if you want something light.

    regards

    Dev Amritesh
    Chief of Marketing
    Dominos Pizza India Ltd

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    Sriraj

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