Grand Barbecue Restaurant serves Indian and Pan Asian cuisine in an unlimited buffet for lunch and dinner with a wide variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Recently, they introduced a live grill concept which happens right on your table and is part of their buffet. The buffet is priced at AED 55/-, weekday and weekend rates differ. The restaurant is humongous, with neatly done interiors that can accommodate a large number of people simultaneously.
As we entered, we were greeted courteously, seated and the staff took time to explain the whole concept and show us around the buffet counters. In addition to a large variety of salads, Indian main course dishes, soups, and desserts; there is also a live pasta cooking station, a dim sum corner, a chaat counter, and a kids corner.
We started off by ordering mocktails – Ginger Orange Mingle, Thanda Masala Soda and Virgin Pina Colada and a chaat platter comprising Pani Puri, Dahi Puri and Sev Puri. Among the drinks, I loved the ginger orange mingle, it was indeed a perfect blend of orange and ginger flavours. It was my first time tasting a masala soda, and it was quite okay. The pina colada was not upto the mark.
Among the chaats, the dahi puri is worth mentioning as it was delicious. The presentation too was lovely.
Meanwhile, the staff had set up our table for the live grill and they kept placing skewers of veg. and non-veg items. There was grilled paneer, assorted vegetables, prawns, fish, chicken kebabs, pineapple etc. To me it seemed that these were prepared in a hurry as they some lacked flavour and some were burnt. Some dishes like chilli chicken, chilli fried potatoes, mutton kebab, dahi ke kebab, and gulati kebab with coin porotta were also served. The stand-outs were chilli fried potatoes, chilli chicken, and grilled fish. These were amazing.
It is so difficult to try each and every item on a buffet menu. But I did try to sample most of it and I’ll tell you what I liked and did not. I absolutely loved the Chicken Dum Biriyani, the perfectly cooked chicken with the Indian spices took this common dish a notch higher. I also liked the Dal Tadka, and Veg. Fried Rice. The Shahi Haleem Chicken was bland and not smooth. I didn’t like the Mutton Rogan Josh either.
The Salad Counter has a wide selection and is a must-try. Another thing to try at this restaurant is their assorted pickles and relishes prepared in-house.
Kids will also love dining here as they have a small area dedicated to these little monsters 😊 one can find cotton candy, popcorn, marshmallows and chocolate fountain to keep them busy.
Any meal is incomplete without desserts and here you’re going to be spoilt for choice. I tried their Jalebi with Rabdi, Gulab Jamun, Chocolate Mousse,Matka Malai Lassi, Kheer and Ice-cream Rolls. The chocolate mousse was soft and delish while the gulab jamun was lip-smackingly delicious. Matka Malai Lassi was quite decent but the rest were a let-down.
Overall, this place has many ups and an equal number of downs. If they are able to overcome the bad and rectify their mistakes, then I’m sure they’ll climb the ladder of success soon.