Barbeque Nation’s Royal Kitchens of India Food Festival Review: We are Telling You What to Eat at the Food Festival
Barbeque Nation is known for its live on-the-table grill and the scrumptious vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The usual buffet offered at the restaurant includes a three-course meal with starters, main course and dessert. The restaurant is presently hosting a food festival called Royal Kitchens of India bringing rich, exotic dishes from the princely states across the country to the city of dreams- Mumbai. The festival included dishes from Kashmir to Kerala made using recipes that were passed over generations of cooks who were part of the royal kitchen. Apart from that, they also had a live counter. We were invited to review the Royal Kitchens of India and here’s how it went.
We started the evening with starters on the live grill and tried mushroom lajawab, malai grill veg, mewashahi kabab, multani paneer and cinnamon pineapple in vegetarian starters. Each of these dishes had unique taste but the winner here is the cinnamon pineapple (I have a soft corner for pineapple). As for non-vegetarian starter, we tried ajwaini fish tikka, tuji chicken and barbeque prawns. The fish used here was Bassa. Again, unique marination for each dish and hence a different flavors. One thing that stands out in all the starters is that they had crispy outer layer and a soft core. The prawns were so juicy that the flavors just burst in your mouth.
We moved on to the main course and were served Macchli Jaismand, Awadhi Murgh biryani, Padampuri Murgh and butter roti. Awadh murgh biryani was fragrant, not-so-spicy chicken biryani. We really liked how light on spices it was and yet had all the flavor it needed. Padampuri murgh was a chicken curry from Rajasthan made using lots of spices, ghee and khoya. The dish was good but the winner here is the fish curry, macchli jaismand, which was thick green gravy with marinated pieces of surmai fish in it.
Oh, did we mention about the live counter? The live counter served all the usual chaats along with tabaakmaas, Nadruki tikka and Khumb Galawati kebab. We were impressed by Nadruki tikka, which was crispy cutlet, made of lotus stem.
We moved on to dessert and asked our host to suggest the ones we should try as there was everything from adrak ka halwa, Mysore pak, gur aur badam ki phirnee to banana caramel cake and other pastries. He picked out adrak ka halwa, phirnee, gulab jamun with phirnee, banana caramel cake and the lychee mousse. Although we did not like the cakes, their Indian sweets are rich and delicious. The gulab jamun with phirnee melted in our mouth and lychee mousse was perfect. However, what we really liked was the adrak ka halwa as it was quite unusual to combine sweet halwa and spicy adrak or ginger but it was a delightful combination. We also tried their oreo kulfi and kersar kulfi and both were creamy and soft. We finished our meal with complimentary masala meetha paan.
If you are a foodie and want to try out dishes from different part of the country, then you cannot miss this. Barbeque Nation’s Royal Kitchens is a must try even if you are not a foodie because the experience will introduce you to so many different flavors from across India.
Where: All outlets Barbeque Nation in Mumbai
Date: 15th November to 3rd December 2017
Average meal for two: Rs. 1600
Timings: Lunch and Dinner hours