Barbeque Nation is one of the largest chain of restaurants in India and it’s expanding overseas. The first international branch is now open in Dubai! We got to try them out in the first week of opening.
It is located in Barsha and very huge in size. It has a LOT of tables which can probably seat 200+ people! There are live stations all around with Salad counter, buffet spread, live katakat grill, Mongolian barbeque, Biryani station, a variety of Dal and Desserts.
The variety of juices to choose from were a bit weird for Dubai taste. All of the drinks are spicy or sour. Dubaigirl chose not to have any. I got myself a Tangy Mango which was also sour. I replaced it with a soft drink later on.
The starters are grilled right on your table. They serve 10 starters – 5 vegetarian and 5 non-vegetarian. The veg included mushrooms, Paneer, capsicums, Pineapples and some kofta and corns. The non-vegetarian had Chicken, prawns, fish, mutton seekh kabab and chicken legs.
The concept is unlimited live grill till you put down your I GIVE UP! flag. The quality, however, was not up to the mark. The prawns were tiny and dry, the chicken and fish didn’t have much flavour to it. The best item, in my opinion, was the Paneer.
Katakat station served Mutton kidney, liver, and lamb chops which dubaigirl tried. Liver and kidney can get a little tricky and this one wasn’t cooked well as she could smell the weird smell of liver. We’ve had better katakat elsewhere.
I am a Biryani lover and was excited to see the Biryani Station. There were 3 types of Biryani – the chicken, mutton and vegetarian. I tried all 3 of them but none pleased me! There was something missing or the simply the quality needs to be upgraded.
Another grill was on a station where you could choose your ingredients and sauce. I chose the Turkey and Dubaigirl got herself some duck. Both of us didn’t like it as the meat was too rubbery and stale.
The best station was the desserts. Even though our visit was on the 2nd day of opening, they did not have all the stations and food items laid out yet.
They had various flavours on Kulfi besides other desserts like pannacotta, brownies and cupcakes. I got myself a Kulkand which was very unique and dubaigirl got saffron and pistachio.
We also got a plate of Falooda which was full of goodness. The missing dessert was the Gulab Jamun and Jalebi stations will be launched soon within a week!
Their buffet rates are at AED 59 for Lunch and AED 75 for Dinner flat throughout 7 days a week. The service was great. They would change your plates as you are done with it. There is a lot of staff always walking around!
I just hope they improve their quality of food and meat in future for a complete tasty trip!