Interesting Mohammad Ali Road Street Food Festival
Restaurant: Barbeque Nation
Reviewer: Gurgaon Foodie Editorial Team | 31st October 2015 | Reviewer Rating (Out of 5) 3.75

This review was done on an invitation from the restaurant to taste their food, and no bill was presented to the author. While the author assures you of objectivity, the review may be influenced by the personalized attention the author got.

BBQ Nation had an interesting festival that brings Mumbai’s famous street food to Delhi with the ‘Magic of Mohammed Ali Road at Barbeque Nation’s 9 outlets in Delhi NCR from September 23 – October 11, 2015 to experience of some of the finest traditional Ramadan street food spreads.

The outlet had a vibrant look to it with street food carts and the placards with area names of Mumbai localities. The stalls were covered with tiny glittering effervescent bulbs that were just enough to light the pathway to gluttony.

                     Live counters at the Mohammed Ali Road festival

Coming to the food, in the veg starters, Paneer Dil ka Tukda was good and nicely charred. The after taste was good too. Fresh paneer made it a treat. Peanut Seekh kebab was slightly overdone and way too salty. Mix Daal Pakoda was okay. But not up to the mark as one would expect from Barbeque Nation.

In non-veg starters, Tandoori Tangdi was good. It was crisp on the outside, juicy and soft on the inside plus nicely spiced. Bhatti ka Bater was nicely cooked.

                               Bhatti ka Bater

Taltali Fish was juicy, fresh, nicely done and adequately spiced. Mutton Seekh kebab was spicy and tangy. It could have been better as the spices were not blended in properly. Chicken Tikka that we got was dry from the inside and too oily from the outside.  Chicken Shikam puri Kebab was bland and had too much of Badi Elaichi. Mutton Shaami kebab had a nice blend of spices and it was rare that the chana daal taste was not overwhelming in shaami. Keema Kaleji was nicely cooked and adequately spiced, we liked it. Maida Parantha was way too much oily. Paalak Matar Kebab was also quite nice and must have for veggies but corn Kebab had too much of spices. Veg Keema Paav was average.

                                   Kebab Platter

Chutney wala Jheenga was juicy but left a weird aftertaste, maybe some bad pieces. I heard someone going gaga over paya soup, so requested for it. But it never arrived.

                          Chutney wala Jheenga

Then we moved on to the main course. In the Main Course Veg, Mohammad Ali Road ke paneer was not up to the mark as the spices were out of balance and neither was Gobi Musallam. Aaloo Saag tasted homemade, which was good. Veg Biryani was all right and quite flavourful. One could enjoy it without facing the guilt of consuming way too much oil. Daal e dum (black lentils) and Tadka Daal (arhaar daal) both were quite good, dum was creamy yet light.

In the Main Course Non Veg, Kaantakali Fish was too salty but the taste was good. Marination could have been done better.  Nihari gosht was a bit chewy. Meat was cooked but not according to the melt in mouth standards of nihari. Zamzam pulav was okay but rice could have been of a better quality. Mutton was cooked well but Raan- e- Gosht was bland, as if was boiled/ steamed before grilling. Chicken Baida parantha was good.

                 Chicken Baida parantha

The drinks were not too impressive, but the desserts were better. Toffee pastry was nice. Very soft and fresh with absolutely perfect taste. Maawa Khaja was crispy with mawa and dry fruits filling. Black Currant phirnee was something different, and interesting. Sheer qorma (the sevain kheer) was tasty. Gulaab jaamuns were good, not too sweet. Maalpua with Rabdi was good. It would have been great if rabdi were a little thicker, It was still quite good. Ice creams were ok but not creamy (If you know the difference between a creambell vanilla and a mother dairy vanilla). Kulfis were nice. With flavours like malaai,seetafal, paan, fig, Aam, chocolate etc. There was a good variety but some were better than the others. Malaai and seetaphal (custard apple) ones were quite good. We went to the kulfi station before leaving to try the DIY kulfi, and it's a good experience - kulfis topped up with different sauces - mango, kiwi, caramel.

                                        Kulfi Platter

I forgot to mention lovely live dance performances after every hour or so by the wait staff in the aisles. It surely entertained us and added an element of drama to the experience.

Now to the service, we found that waiting staff was not knowledgeable about the food that was being served. For every question of us they were running to fetch the chefs.The service was also quite slow, while the cover was not even full capacity !

But the ambience? Nothing less than a 4 on 5. All in all it was an experience worth going through.

With inputs from Gurgaon Foodie, Kumar Ujai Sooryavanshi.

Ratings (Out of 5)

Food: 3.5 | Ambience: 4.0 | Service: 3.5 | Value: 4.0 | Overall: 3.5

Meal for two: Rs.1400 | Alcohol: Yes | Credit Card: Yes | Wheel chair friendly: Yes

Address: In the 9 BBQ Nation outlets all over NCR.

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Restaurant Information
Barbeque Nation Barbeque Nation
Barbeque Nation
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Cuisine: North Indian
Average Price: Rs. 1200 - 1400