Would you like to have a quick snack? Where do you think you will try to approach? Naturally, if you ask any youngster, he will immediately search his mobile and come up with the option of going to Domino’s or McDonald’s. India has become the home to many a fast food chain over the years. The Western influence has managed to percolate deep into the Indian food culture to the extent that young people would any day opt for the pizza over the typical India ‘Dosa’. Now, you should know that this traditional India Dosa comes in more than a 100 different varieties. In spite of this fact, the youngster of today will prefer a pizza every time. This is the extent of marketing the fast food chains have done in the recent times. We use the word recent times because these fast food chains were not visible in the Indian horizon about two decades back. People in those days used to go for the typical North Indian samosas, the South Indian vadas, and the Vada-Pav, the staple diet of the people of Mumbai.
It is a great sign that this culture has caught up very fast in India. The glaring quality of these fast food joints is the concept of ‘Quick Service’. Hence, they have the name ‘Quick Service Restaurants’ (QSR) as well. This type of service does not require much table service. Under the present circumstances, this should be the way to go, it seems. We shall now look at the top 10 largest and best fast food chains in India 2018.
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Now, Indians love to have coffee. The traditional filter coffee is still a favorite among the South Indians. However, a new type of coffee known as espresso has started doing the rounds in the last two decades. At No. 10, we have one such espresso bars, Barista. Having its headquarters in New Delhi, this espresso bar chain was founded by Barista Coffee Company in 2000. Taken over by Lavazza in 2007, the Barista fast food chain has more than 200 espresso bars in over 30 cities all over India.
9. Dunkin Donuts
What is in a name? A rose by any name shall smell as sweet. These are the words of the great William Shakespeare. It is perfectly true in this case as well. We have the traditional Medu Vada in the southern part of India. It is a fast food snack having a hole in between. Now, give it a new name, Donuts, and suddenly you have a large number of people making a beeline for this snack. Famous since the 1950’s in the US, Dunkin Donuts, a fast food chain, has started its operations in India in the early part of the 21st century. In addition to the donuts, they specialize in beverages, sandwiches, and coffee. Present in almost all the major cities in India, you can see this fast food chain at No. 9 on this list.
8. Burger King
Ask any typical Maharashtrian, he will swear by the traditional staple food of Maharashtra, the Vada Pav. The international community has changed the menu slightly and included a couple of more vegetables and you have the new dish known as the Burger. Of course, you have the non-vegetarian varieties as well such as chicken burger, etc. The basic idea is the same. At No. 8, we have Burger King, a fast food chain famous for serving some of the best quality burgers in town. Globally, the Burger King is a huge giant. It is slowly becoming one in India as well.
One of the best homemade remedies to banish drowsiness is to have a cup of strong filter coffee. With the advent of the instant coffee and other beverages, people have literally lost the art of making the traditional filter coffee. However, you have the fast food chain Starbucks bringing back the old memories with their excellent filter coffee and other fast food snacks. Having more than 15000 retail stores in more than 50 countries, Starbucks has entered India in big way. They occupy the No. 7 position in this list of the top 10 fast food chains in India.
Sandwiches have always been the favorite of children all over India. Mind you, it does not take much time to make one either. Experimenting with food is an art. Just as you can make more than a 100 types of Dosas, you can have innumerable types of sandwiches. Subway, the largest submarine sandwich chain in the world, has its presence in almost all the cities in India. It is making inroads into the suburban cities as well. Offering some of best sandwiches in town today, Subway is No. 6 on this list.
5. Café Coffee Day
Coming back to experimentation, you have myriad ways of making coffee as well. No one demonstrates this better than Café Coffee Day. The list can be endless such as espresso, cappuccino, Café latte, frappe, iced coffee, etc. Launched in Bengaluru in 1996, Café Coffee Day has spread its tentacles all over the country with more than 1450 cafes spread over more than 200 cities in India. With this spread, they have literally changed the meaning of the simplest beverage ‘filter coffee’. They offer an excellent range of varieties of coffee thus cementing their position at No. 5 in this list.
Who does not know McDonald’s? Even a child today would recognise the typical “M” whenever they see the same anywhere in India as well as the rest of the world. One of the biggest fast food chains all over the world, they are extremely popular in India as well. The best quality of this fast food chain is that the burger tastes the same whether you have it in Mumbai or Manhattan. The idea of serving the beverages along with the different kinds of burgers and chips has caught the fancy of the Indian public. This makes this fast food chain occupy the No. 3 spot on this list of the Top 10 fast food chains in India.
A majority of Indians love to have non-vegetarian food. At the same time, they love to have the typical traditional India fast food snack, the Bhajji too. KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) serves a combination of the two mouthwatering dishes in a unique format. Famous all over the world, KFC has spread into every town in India as well. You can get the best of both the worlds here. It is difficult to get such a heady combination of the chicken and the Bhajji anywhere else in the world. You add the professionalism of the Western world to the equation. Thus, you find KFC ruling the non-vegetarian fast food space in India now. They are rightfully perched at the No. 3 spot in this list.
2. Pizza Hut
One of the favorite dishes of the younger generation is the Pizza. Therefore, you find two of the fast food chains occupying the top two positions in this list, offering this particular snack in plenty. We have Pizza Hut at No. 2 in the list. Specializing in a wide variety of pizzas, you get some of the best mouthwatering pizzas in the world. Add the appetizers and the soups etc., you have a terrific combination on hand. In addition, you have a beautiful ambiance that adds glamour to the surrounding.
The name Domino’s is synonymous with Pizza, the most favorite fast food snack of the young Indian. You have the best fast food chain serving the best snack as well. Domino’s is famous for its timely delivery anywhere in the city. They take great pride in being within reach of every Indian. Spread over 230 cities all over India, this fast food chain specialises in its home delivery of the Pizzas. Spreading joy and good will while promoting great food at the same time, is the motto of the No. 1 fast food chain in India, Dominos.
You have just seen the top 10 fast food chains in India. So, what are you waiting for now? Grab your smartphone and order your favorite fast food snack immediately. With the quality of service these fast food chains offer, you will get the delivery of the same before you say the words, ‘Abra-ca-Dabra’.