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For a restaurant as popular as Barbeque Nation, it is no surprise that their food is absolutely excellent. A new outlet of the restaurant was opened in Diamond Plaza, Nagerbazar last month. It is an intimate setting with warm lights over the tables; and there are small semi-booth like structures that can provide privacy for diners.
Keeping in line with the signature style of the restaurant, there is a fresh menu of starters everyday (vegetarian and non-vegetarian), which diners can get grilled on their tables. These starters are unlimited.
Some of the notable ones are the Cajun Spiced Potato and the Crimini Mushroom among vegetarian choices and the Coastal BBQ Fish, Chilli Garlic Prawns and Mutton Gilafi Seekh Kebab for non-vegetarians.
The Coastal BBQ Fish has an interesting taste to it. It is not bland, but at the same time it is not overly-seasoned either, as is generally suited to the Indian palette. The fish is cooked to perfection and just melts in the mouth.
On the other hand, the Cajun Spiced Potato is a bomb of flavours and spices — a signature dish from the Barbeque Nation kitchen. The potatoes are beautifully cooked, with a crispy outer skin and soft insides; and the Cajun spice mixed with the texture of the potatoes just sets the tone for the rest of the meal.
However, the best starters would have to be the Chilli Garlic Prawns and Crimini Mushrooms. The Crimini Mushrooms might seem like an odd choice for starters, but it is impossible to be disappointed after having a taste. With a cream and mayonnaise base, the mushrooms are tossed in what tasted like a hint of pesto. They are simply magical!
Despite the constant barrage of starters arriving at the table, make sure to leave room for the buffet, which also has a wide range of dishes starting from soups to desserts. The Vegetarian Manchow Soup is a perfect palette cleanser to start you off for the main course.
The Egg Fried Rice was easily the most popular main course item and second to that was the Chicken Kadhai. The tender pieces of chicken cooked in spicy Indian curry with sautéed vegetables is something that any meat-lover would fall head over heels for.
By this time, if one has any space left for more food, they can try the dessert counter. There is a large spread comprising both continental and fusion. However, except for the Apple and Date Pie, the rest of the desserts are nothing to rave about.