Barbecue Delights is renowned for serving scrumptious dishes from the southern part of Asia mainly northern India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. They have around 7 outlets here in the U.A.E. and have some prestigious awards previously such the What’s On Award and the BBC Good Food Awards ME.
I visited their branch located in Ibn Battuta Mall. They have a vast seating area and a beautifully decorated interior. Attractive paintings adorn the walls to reminisced people of the wonderful things from these South Asian countries.
On one side sits a Chai & Chaat corner from where I ordered a Kashmiri Chai and a Pani Puri. Kashmiri tea is different from other teas in that it’s pink in colour!!!! It’s also pleasantly different in taste. The puris were too crispy and too big. It was a complete disaster.
Here, one can choose from their à la carte menu or go with their buffet with is unlimited at a price of AED 69/-.
Being the foodie that I am, I opted for the buffet…. No wild guesses there 😊 For starters, there were different types of salads, fresh vegetables, and hummus. A special mention for the beetroot salad.
The grill & fry section was my favourite. What all were there…. Read on….
Chicken Malai Tikka, Chicken Achari Boti , Resmi Kebab, Mutton Seekh Kebab, Mutton Ribs, Fried Fish, and Fried Prawns. The kebabs, Chicken Achari Boti and Fried Fish were scculent and super spicy, but piquant. I wiped it off my plate and wanted to take more but I had to leave space to try the other items. (Buffet troubles…sob..sob ☹)
The mains included Mutton Karahi, Chicken Haleem, Butter Chicken, Dal, Aloo Bhujia, Veg. Kadai, Palak Paneer, Chicken Biriyani, Afghani Pulao, white rice, assorted naans and Pasta. The winners for me were the chicken biriyani, Afghani pulao, Haleem and dal. Butter Chicken was way over-loaded with cream making it very sweet and though Mutton Karahi was flavourful, it was a bit too salty for my liking. The naan was soft and a good accompaniment to the curries.
I kept saving space in my tummy as the dessert table looked promising, but I was disappointed. The Gulab Jamun was too hard and thick in the centre and the Badam Kheer was not comforting at all. The only good things were the Shahi Tukra and the Jalebi. But I’ve had better. Double thumbs-up for the Sweet Lassi.
The food here is definitely spicier than that found at restaurants serving only Indian cuisine. I thoroughly enjoyed this level of spiciness but those who have a low level of tolerance should take care. It’s mainly the kebabs and the fried items that are a notch higher on the spice factor. But they are packed tons of flavour, so take a bite and enjoy!!
Location: Barbecue Delights, China Court, Ibn Battuta Mall and other locations