As first impressions go, BBQ’D doesn’t make a great one, mostly because you can’t order a la carte. “Only buffet,” we’re told and handed a plate and napkin, as we join other hungry vultures circling stacks of meat in big silver trays.
Up close the view is better, as well-grilled meats come into focus; mugs of craft beer, brewed in house, appear; and restaurateur Zorawar Kalra’s (of Farzi Café) name is dropped as the owner of this new UB City restaurant.
Meat Your Maker
The staff tries their best to reduce the dreary table-buffet back-and-fourth, setting up a grill at our table and bringing in skewers. Nashili Chai is what we start with, a concoction of vodka, gin and white rum with a twist of citrus. And we’ve already introduced you to Massive’s craft Hefeweizen before, the straw-coloured wheat beer with a foamy head.
But even our potent cocktails can’t wake up the meat cuts we’re served: they’re top-quality, but let down by ho-hum marinades and mealy paneer, hari mirch baby potatoes and mushrooms that burn too quickly. A tray of condiments tries valiantly to help but fails; but we hold out hope that Spanish churrasco, yet to arrive, will bring some heat to the grill.
On the buffet carousel, we suggest you head straight to the salad bar, strung with roasted meat and crisp lettuce, arugula and cherry tomatoes.
Rogan Josh Brolin
On the buffet carousel, we suggest you head straight to the salad bar, strung with roasted meat and crisp lettuce, arugula and cherry tomatoes. Rogan Josh salad with smoky meat and sharp greens strikes a beautiful balance, as does the Indianised version of macaroni and bell pepper salad, loaded with mustard seeds. Pizzas have brittle crusts and burly toppings; prawns in the Hyderabadi biryani are plump and gorgeously grilled.
In an attempt to please families but make us very cross, BBQ’D has thrown in shaadi-style live counters for pasta, hakka noodles, curd rice and pani puri. Predictably, we can’t resist the pani puri, which is as fierce as it should be, but the rest tastes like wedding catering with no character.
The best thing about weddings? There’s plenty of sweets to go around; stick(y) to dark chocolate mousse with caramel popcorn toppings, and an Indian doughnut in sugar syrup, a cross between gulab jamun and something out of Dunkin’s. A sweet union, indeed.
Getting there: Level 2, UB City, Vittal Mallya Road, call 7899700900. A meal for two with drinks costs approximately Rs 3,087.
Accessibility: UB City is wheelchair accessible.
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