Vadodara’s Barbeque Grill opens its second outlet, at Phoenix market City
The two-week-old Barbeque Grill at Phoenix Market City is quite packed when we stroll in for dinner on a Sunday night. The concept of the 95-cover restaurant, which first opened in Vadodara in 2012, is similar to Barbeque Nation and others in town—a grill placed on the table with meat on skewers and a variety of marinades with which diners may play around. Also on offer is the familiar concept of unlimited starters served at the table and a buffet main course and dessert table.
However, not all the items on the starters list are to be grilled. We get a mutton seekh kebab and chicken tangdi served on the plate, while the pesto prawn, chilli garlic chicken and lemon fish tikka come as skewers. Of the vegetarian starters, we try the hara bhara kebab and the onion-heavy pahadi aloo. The starters are fine, but not anything to write home about.
The main course offers a fairly wide variety of options with the butter fish in particular being good (creamy and light), but the mutton dum biriyani is nondescript, with barely any meat on the bones. The chef’s special crab curry and the chilli pepper chicken would have hit the spot if there had been some steamed white rice to go with it. Though my companion falls in love with the vegetarian pasta, with green and yellow capsicum in white sauce, it is inexplicably sweet for my palate.
Dessert is a hit and miss affair. The baked items—like chocolate brownies and honey nut crunch —are acceptable, but then there is a gupchup apple (apple slices covered in cream and sprinkled with cornflakes) that fails to impress. Whipped fresh cream with a tinge of flavouring, masquerades as a kiwi mousse and a mango pudding. My companion decides to eat her pasta for dessert.
Vegetarian lunch and dinner is Rs.599 and Rs.699 respectively, Monday to Thursday, and Rs.649 and Rs.749 on the weekends. Non-vegetarian lunch and dinner is Rs.699 and Rs.799, Monday to Thursday, and Rs.749 and Rs.849 on the weekends. Details: 60505557