As the name suggest this place not only unveil the huge diversity in food but also showcase its glorious grandness in space.I was invited by Mr.H Ghani who is the managing partner of the Grand BBQ,he was on the toes all the time,making sure everything and every table served well,simply shows the excellence of customer service here.
Grand BBQ being an Indian eatery not only caters desi but the variety of grill,BBQ items,dim sum and pasta etc fulfilling the needs of diverse culture here in Dubai.We started off our evening with the starters that were being served on the table. In starters we tried
- Shredded Lamb
- Roti pay boti
Shredded lamb were small strips of lamb piece marinated well and fried,I really liked the taste and crunch of the coating.
Prawns were heavily infused in spices with cooked to perfection but the only down side was the punch of salt that was high for my palate
Where as roti boti was a simple bite size roti with chicken chunks spread on it,garnished with raw onion slices.Rudiment dish presented with fusion of presentation and sparks your childhood memories.
I was expecting someone to take me to the counters and render some information about the food and all but since it is Ramadan and the restaurant even on weekday seemed quiet jam packed, without wasting any time I proceeded to have a glance of the offerings in the buffet.There were 6 counters
- BBQ items
- Veg counter
- Non-Veg counter
- Salad and Soup
In salads many healthy options were there to enjoy on their own or with the main course.My favorites were BBQ chicken salad,coleslaw was fresh and creamy and cucumber raita which was best accompanied with biryani. I didn’t attempt to try soup,wanted to keep space for the rest of the varieties.
Right across the salad counter, the counter grabbed all my attention was live station of pasta. I couldn’t resist and ordered for my favorite white sauce pasta.Creamy well soused in sauce with saute colorful veggies.
Chaat counter next to the pasta station was busy with the crowd relishing famous indian street food pani puri,bhail puri,sev puri and gol gappay. Gol gappay are served in a three dint vertical platter along with green tamarind flavored pani in a shot glass.Here classic indian famed street food meets fusion of presentation and you couldn’t resist but to eat one after the other to satisfy your savory cravings.
In drinks we ordered mango lassi
Now, no wonder you move with the snail speed to the mains counter like me because you would be half full with the starters,salads,chaat and pani puri but the wide spread of variety will still compel you, not to miss any single dish that has been offered here. After making space by taking two rounds of the restaurant I took out some BBQ items on my platter,my plan was to take a bite of every single dish to review out well without stuffing further my stomach(didn’t want to be feel like garfield :D). From huryali murg tikka,mutton seekh kabab,ajwaini fish tikke,tandoori chicken everything was well marinated,perfectly cooked but a bit on fire,spice wise.
My next move to the Non-veg counter surprised me with the number of dishes equal to the variety of non-veg options which infrequent to see in the buffets I have been so far.So,its an another plus point and makes it a great option for all the non-veg lovers. In non-veg menu paneer tandoori sholay,nizami papad roll,veg kofta curry,paneer khurchan masala,gobi manchurian, channa palao,tandoori mushrooms,baby potatoes,yellow daal tadka and steam rice were spread on the counter shouting aloud to try them. I really liked paneer tandoori sholay,pieces of paneer in red brimming spices,soft in texture and flavorful in taste. veg kofta was another hit on my list, I couldn’t even figured it out if I didn’t read the dish name that it was veg kofta. Baby potatoes,yellow daal was also decent in taste.
Being a non-veg I instantly pounce into mutton biryani, long grain aromatic rice with well cooked mutton pieces was the highlight of this counter. Other options were mutton keem kaleji,singaporian chilli crab,chicken kaali mirch,butter chicken and butter naan. After biryani I liked butter chicken other than that everything was too spicy and high on salt for my taste.Even I tried to sample each dish just to prove me wrong but nothing could impress me because of this spice issue.I shoved myself with heavy heart from my go to counter.
I purge my disappointment by focusing on dessert station which was hailing high and sending me beacons of hope to quench my inner desire of proving it one of the best buffets in town. I readily forgot and found myself engaged in selecting desserts to taste. Not only the chocolate fountain was the main attraction but the other desserts were also drawing many people and making the staff to refill again and again. Gulab jaman rare to find in buffet here in Dubai,dudhi ka halwa which was mind blowing to my amaze,rooh afza kheer yes you heard it right not just ordinary rooh afza drink over here you will find its dessert too,shirikand,phirnee,black forest pastry,fresh fruit pastry,mango panna cotta,rasberry jelly,semiya payasam condensed version of sheer qourma,icecream and suji ka halwa were there in the dessert menu.I thoroughly enjoyed this part of the buffet and ended my night on the sweetness of gulab jaman.
Grand BBQ not just offers wide selection of buffet but it ensure to have an indelible dinning experience with value for money. The only complain I had was with the level of spice that was being incorporated in every dish but I must say Mr.Ghani accepted it humbly and informed us that today their chef has experimented with the spice level after receiving feedback on the mild taste of kababs and grill and will do trial and error to cater and please every palate. Definitely a recommended place for having Iftar and dinner among many options available in town.
Enjoy Grand Barbeque’s Grand Iftar Buffet with over 80+ Sumptuous & Mouth Watering Delicacies only @ 75 AED on Weekdays & 79 AED on Weekends. (Kids Aged below 5 yrs eat free & 5-10 yrs @ flat 29 AED) Call 04 3555404 to make your reservations now !