I, Sonam, Shikha and Prachi visited this place for lunch yesterday, ie 25th May 2013.
We were the uninitiated, so sought help. The valet parking was taken care of, and the greeter, Ajit, summoned the attendants to help us guide to our seats. We were offered a corner table.
I am not so much fussy about the ambiance unless it is pathetic or it is extremely dazzling. This one decently passed the muster.
We were informed that Barbeque Nation initiated the International concept of a live grill for the first time in India. The customers can make their own food on their personal grills embedded on each table.
The starters would be brought first, we were informed. Whats for the menu today? And the entire menu was prominently displayed on the card on the table.
Announcing non veg, we waited for a few minutes. And then the fun started.
There was Angara Tangdi served apiece on the plate. And there were skewers of Korean chicken, Mutton Guleti Seekh, Indonesian Fish and jumbo Prawns. Guess which one won hands down...? The chicken was average, the Mutton seekh was dry and not so appealing, the Fish was awesome, but the prawns were heavenly. I might have had a dozen pieces or so...
The wife also wanted to try a bit of the vegetarian fare, so we called for BBQ pineapple, Cottage cheese with Zullu and Cajun Spicy Potato. But I wisely stayed away from them.
Maybe an hour was devoted to starters itself. We were served bottled mineral water only. We were also offered a complimentary drink to go along with it - Two Mocktails strawberry, one mocktail kiwi and one fresh lime soda.Full marks.
Starters done, we learnt that we had to drag down the mini flag kept on our table as a sign for them to stop serving any more. We got up for the Main Course. Two soups, Veg Minestrone and Chicken Tortilla. I opted for the latter and learnt that I shouldn't have.
The main course had a sumptuous array of Mutton Dum Biryani, Nihari Gosht, Murgh Lababdar, Chilli Garlic Fish and Egg Curry.Egg Curry??? How come? I was disappointed as I was expecting Crab...
The vegetarian fare was equally eclectic-Paneer Razalla, Rasgulla ki Sabji (Huh?), Aaloo Gobhi ke Lachhe, Mix Fruit Kofta Curry, Plain Rice, Dal Makhani, Dal Fry, Veg Biryani, Beans Sprouts noodles.
I opted for a small bowl of white rice with Dal fry poured over it, topping it with Nihari Gosht Gravy. And took lots of Chilli Garlic Fish. Yummmmm. We were also offered Garlic naan on the table, and we took our own sweet time savouring the fare.
And finally, the creme de la creme - the desserts.Chocolate Walnut Browie, Mango Cheese Cake, Blueberry Pie, Chocolate Celebration Cake, Butterscotch Ice Cream, Vanilla Ice cream, Phirni, Mini Gulab jamuns and cut fruits. The children squealed with delight.
Completely sated, we paid the bill and left a generous tip. And the attendant came running behind us, to return the same. We are already charging 4 % service charge, so we cannot accept any tips.Oh...
Come to think of it, the impeccable service needs to be recounted here. Throughout the fare we were offered a VIP treatment. We were asked innumerable times if we were satisfied with the fare served.We were patiently offered the orientation advices for the beginners. We were small talked to and offered personal attention. A special mention goes to three gents, Ajay, Nitin and Shiva.
A parallel can be drawn to Sigree Global Grill on the entire experience. Sigree is 75 Rupees costlier than the 575 charged here for Non Veg lunch Mon - Sat. But Sigree offers more varieties. BBQ nation scores on the welcome drinks front but falls short on desserts. But it has got strong plusses like location, prices, almost equally delicious food and service. Its Love all for both I guess.
Back home, I downed two satchets of Eno and a spoonful of Carmicide.
The ratings, they go like this.:
Location 4 / 5
Space quotient 3 / 5
Ambiance 3 / 5
Delivery time 3 / 5
Food Quality 3.5 / 5
Food Variety 3.5 / 5
Food Choices 3 / 5
Food Portion ---
Food Price 4 / 5
Hygiene 3.5 / 5
Service 4 / 5
Overall experience 4 / 5
Visit again Quotient 4 / 5
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