Manners matter. Or do they? Eating challenges in this city show no remorse to those who are slow and dainty. If you have found yourself in situations where you have been the one to gobble up food and stare in a bored manner at those eating slow, maybe you should try out one of these outrageous food challenges in Mumbai.

Bao-Eating Challenge

A bao is a steamed bun with fillings inside it. You can try your first baos with a bang by signing up for a fastest-eater competition at Foodarto. This is a two-minute challenge, where you are given a plateful of 8 baos {choose between non vegetarian or vegetarian} at your disposal.

Whoever gobbles up the baos the quickest wins the right to unlimited baos in Foodarto for a whole year. Others may also get some cash back. Win, and take a bao. {We prefer our puns intended.}

Photo source: Foodarto

Photo source: Foodarto

Price: INR 500 for the challenge

Sign up for the challenge here.

The Death Wings Challenge

Those who are rather proud of their spice tolerance levels should take this Death Wings challenge at Social. The Death Wings are marinated chicken wings, infused and tossed in flaming hot Kolhapuri red chilli. Scared? We hope not. The challenge is to have it one go, without any help of water. Free lemonade for you if you can go through with. If you can’t, well, there’s always water.

Photo courtesy: Colaba Social

Photo courtesy: Colaba Social

Price: INR 220 {plus taxes} for a plate of Death Wings

The XL Burger Challenge

The Little Door’s XL burger challenge really pushes you with its nine layers. If you polish off the plate of the XL burger in less than three minutes, then you win yourself a whole month of free beer. Burgers and beers are the way to go, correct?

Photo courtesy: The Little Door

Photo courtesy: The Little Door

Price: INR 363 for the XL burger

Khade Chamach Ki Chai Challenge

Photo courtesy: SodaBottleOpenerWala

Photo courtesy: SodaBottleOpenerWala

SodaBottleOpenerWala is not just quirky with its take on the Iranian cafes which spot the city, but also because of its wacky idea of the Khade Chamach Ki Chai.

The tea here has so much sugar in it that it makes a spoon stand upright without resting on the rim of the glass. This is a single person challenge.If you can drink this tea, you will be declared a winner and you go home with INR 60 saved and a high chance of diabetes.

‘Another cube of sugar, please,’ will ask no one ever after this.

Price: INR 60 for the tea {if you lose}

Big Daddy Burrito

Speaking of food challenges, heard of the Big Daddy Burrito challenge at Kurries and Burries? This 16-inch burrito weighs a kilo and is filled with Mexican rice beans, cheese, salsa and Asian fillings – paneer chilli, crispy babyc orn and served with wafers, salsa and half a litre of aerated water, all of which must be finished by one person.

If you beat the latest record {which is 12 minutes 33 seconds as of mid-August}, the burger is free plus you get 50 per cent off on the next bill. If you eat it within 8 minutes, the burger is on them and you get 75 per cent off the next bill. 15 minutes, and the burger is completely free and if you take your own sweet time more than 15 minutes, the burger is at half-price. It’s a win-win situation either way.

Photo courtesy: Kurries and Burries

Photo courtesy: Kurries and Burries

Price: INR 450

WTF Burger

Weighing in at 1.2 kg, with three layers of 200 gram patties of meat alone, the WTF burger by Cafe on the House is sure to make you react with expletives. The enemy here is this three-layer patty burger with chicken patty, stuffing of tomatoes, cucumber, mayo, lettuce, french fries, cold cuts and fried eggs. Apart from that, a few pieces of potato wedges or fries {your choice} are also served to up the game.

A single-person challenge, if one can eat the whole thing without help or breaks under 25 minutes, gets the burger, on the house. And their face and name on the Wall of Gluttony, we mean Fame.

{Just BTW, only seven people have won so far. Just saying.}

Photo source: Cafe on the House

Photo source: Cafe on the House

We are also looking forward to the Timeline Burger challenge which begins in the 3rd week of August where you have to beat the clock {3 minutes} and if you win, you win yourself… drum roll, free burgers for life.

Price: INR 800 for the WTF burger

Hard Rock Café Festival Challenge

The Hard Rock Cafe is hosting a festival called ‘Smoke, Fire and Spice’ which celebrates popular international street food and its ethnic flavours. Ones who can handle the heat can take up the Spice Dare Challenge wherein they have to attempt to wipe up a dish that has the Indian Ghost Pepper {Bhut Jolokia} in it. Whoever wipes up the dish fast wins the challenge and free shots by HRC. The festival will be going on till September.

Other than that, Hard Rock often holds festivals which have challenges for the fastest foodies – like the burger challenge at the World Burger Tour the last month, so keep a look out.

Photo source: Hard Rock Cafe

Photo source: Hard Rock Cafe

#LBBTip: The Zoo Bar at Vile Parle will be holding a variety of food challenges called the Triple X Challenge from next month. Check out their Facebook page here.

Featured photo courtesy: The Little Door