Holy Grill at Wallace Garden offers a Barbeque Nation-like experience for vegetarians
Tucked into Wallace Garden 3rd Street is the all new Holy Grill restaurant, with a hard to miss signage. We find the 60-seater pleasantly buzzing during lunch on Saturday as we navigate towards a table with individual live grill, reminiscent of Barbeque Nation and Sigree elsewhere in the city. Chirag Khatri, the young owner of this two week old establishment explains, “A while back when I visited Barbecue Nation, I was surprised that many of my vegetarian friends’ parents and family had never been there. I realised that vegetarians didn’t like the fact that a common grill was used for meats and vegetarian dishes. So here we offer only vegetarian food,” adding that the menu will change every few days. The twenty-three-year-old civil engineer started off by hiring consultant Rajesh Gandhi from Chefs at Work based-in Bengaluru, then brought down chef Suman Debnath from Kolkata and finally roped in his sister Karishma Khatri (25) who has a marketing background to get the ball rolling.
We start the buffet meal with a mild Tom Yum soup that though not loyal to its Chinese origin is light with slivers of carrot and squash. On the salad platter the pineapple in mayonnaise is the clear winner. The grill is stacked with skewers and packs some real heat at the table, as we tackle the appetisers where the veg parwana tikka with the mint-mango chutney is the winner. While the tender paneer kesari kebabs, has us reaching for more, it ensures our mains that includes Indian breads, malai kofta, noodles and gobi Manchurian besides others, is a restrained affair. Dessert has us favouring the apple jalebis topped with rabri even as Chirag tells us about his plans of adding a hotplate on the grill with a sizzling brownie dessert soon. At Rs 600, Details: 7871700011
— Sabrina Rajan