Friday, August 1, 2014

Preview: Barbeque Nation’s ‘Global Cuisine Indian Style’ Food Fest

Must Try: Grilled Chicken Breast with Potli Gravy
There was a time when casual dining meant a Chinese or an Italian meal at a restaurant before some restaurants started doing Indian food in a way that made it quick, fun and moved beyond the butter chicken, rogan josh and seekh kebabs. Barbeque Nation is one such chain that made Indian food popular among the upwardly mobile Indians who were bowled over by its concept of DIY (do-it -yourself) live grills .
Keeping with that tradition of doing Indian differently, Barbeque Nation has launched its ‘Global Cuisine Indian Style’ food festival that is on from 1st to 17th August at all Delhi outlets. I happened to preview the menu and before I write about the food let me tell you it was their beverages that blew my mind. Paan Shots (Vodka shots paan flavoured), concoction of Jim Beam with Guava and the jaamun mocktail were the high points of my meal.

Prawns in Indian Sauce
The must try from this menu include the succulent Grilled Chicken Breast (with potli sauce), prawns in Indian sauce, mushrooms with cheese and the Chinese Biryani.  Other signature dishes that this food festival offers include the likes of Roasted Lamb in Thai Curry, Mexican Baked Potato Curry and Mushroom ‘n Pasta in Indian Arabiata sauce. Just like the cocktails, the desserts too are impressive. There is red and white Kheer, Rasgulla Litchi Cake, Masala Spice Brownie and Kappi Pie- innovative and delectable desserts.

I also met the man behind the new menu Chef Vijay Anand Bakshi who is Barbeque Nation’s Head of Culinary Operations. Bakshi has worked with some of the biggest hospitality brands across the country. Though five star hotels didn’t give him a chance to experiment much, at Barbeque Nation he says he is free to try innovative dishes. His freedom is patrons delights this Independence Day. The new menu indeed is innovative but doesn’t go too far from the standard Barbeque Nation menu.  

Off late with so many Indian restaurants, both in casual and fine-dining space, crowding the Delhi-NCR many foodies have stayed away from Barbeque Nation saying the live grill place known for its long queues doesn’t serve lip smacking appetizers anymore. The patrons who have fallen off with the brand must try this new menu. They might want to return to the restaurant.

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Where: Barbeque Nation outlets - Connaught Place | Jangpura | Saket | Vasant Kunj | Pitampura | Janakpuri | Vivek Vihar | Noida | Gurgaon
Date: August 1-17, 2014
Average Meal Cost (for two): Rs 1600

Timings: Lunch and Dinner hours


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