Absolute Barbecue adds a bit of the exotic to a personal culinary experience
t’s 1 pm on a weekday, and there’s a queue of customers waiting to be seated at Absolute Barbecue (AB’s), the new kid on the Marathahalli block. The entire workforce from neighbouring tech-parks seemed to be here and we were glad our reservations were on track. The spacious dining area bustles with a teppanyaki-style grill right upfront, with an open kitchen and rotisserie towards the back. The lighting is soft but ample, setting a mildly celebratory mood. And one look at what is touted to be India’s first ‘wish grill’ and we were ready to dive in.
With a choice of regular suspects like chicken, fish, mushroom and potato, the table rotisserie pops up neatly with skewered food of your choice. We love that the wait staff is so alert with replenishments that you don’t need to stop table conversation to get their attention. The gilafi sheekh, the parsley fish and the muslika tikka — tender pieces of chicken in tandoori and malai marinade, were particularly noteworthy. Their wide range of vegetarian options will appeal even to strict carnivores with broccoli, cheesy potato and hara bara kebabs coming off the grills.
The wish grill offers you an exotic selection of meats and vegetables – emu, rabbit, quail, baby octopus, brussel sprouts, leek and oyster mushrooms. The live counters are thoughtfully separated for vegetarians and non-vegetarians, and the chefs skillfully toss your meats and vegetables in a choice of sauces that range from chilli garlic and Indian spicy to lemony curry and Manchurian gravy.
Pace yourself with the starters as there’s plenty on the cards at the main buffet. There’s vegetarian and non-vegetarian soup – noodles and hot and sour, a fabulous Sri Lankan crab curry and biriyani. The crab, meaty and full of flavour, was clearly expertly made with balanced spices and the biriyani, aromatic and delicious, had us really tucking in. The fish, chicken and paneer dishes were also upto the mark but not in the same league.
If you’ve any room left, calorific desserts (sundaes, gulab jamoon, phirnee and cheesecake) are made to suit your taste at a live cold stone ice cream counter. Heaven for those with a sweet tooth, ice cream buffs can choose from four flavours, ten toppings and four sauces. Look out also for their 25-feet long interactive bar that features a variety of specialty cocktails apart from the regular straight drinks.
Rs 500 upwards. At Marathahalli Outer Ring Road. Details: 67683696