Grand Barbeque Buffet Restaurant Dubai
Al Mina Road, Al Satwa, Dubai
“Its Friday” marvelled the wife. “Let’s do something exciting”.”Exciting”? I muttered. Luckily, for both of us exciting spells as
F-O-O-D. “Why don’t we try a good buffet place” she beamed. Now, I am not very much of a buffet person, as I enjoy my à la carte restaurants. Knowing better, that her suggestion was more of a command. I conceded. And boy, am I glad I did. So, Grand Barbeque buffet restaurant at Al Mina Road was our chosen destination.
We arrived hand in hand (we hold hands on weekends) at the restaurant. We were immediately greeted by a smiling hostess who guided us to our table. Soft music played in the background as we settled in our seats. The place is huge ( seats around 250 customers at one time). The decor is simple and pleasant. Half a rickshaw (or tuk-tuk), with a garland of aubergines, stands out in the decor. The food counters are in abundance, ranging from the salad counter to the chaat counter, the live pasta station and teriyaki station. The dessert counter, the ice cream counter, to the actual main course dinner and starters counter.
Our server introduced himself and asked us for our choice of drinks. The wife ordered the Strawberry punch, while I settled for the house special which is the masala mojito. I guzzled it as soon as it arrived and it tasted appetizing. Sweet and salty flavours merged with spices all blended perfectly with some tanginess of lime. The wife found her strawberry punch too sweet to handle so she slyly started sipping on my choice without even batting an eyelid.
In no time we were ready for the first course of the evening which began with chaat, First yummy pani puri bombs were launched into our eager tummies, followed by cooling spicy dahi puris and the tangy sev puris.
Then followed the starters all of which were delicious, the wife particularly liked the veg offerings, especially the firdozi kebab tikkis, while, me the carnivorous husband, gobbled the succulent malai chicken tikka and the tandoori chicken. The mutton kebabs were a little chewy, nevertheless tasty. Finally, the fish kebabs were full of flavour and seafood goodness.
For the main course, we both loved the butter chicken, which I can safely declare as the best I have had. The chilly chicken and the hot garlic fish were as good as their names. The shahi haleem which is prepared with lentils , wheat and meat is okay. The Gosht do plaza was flavourful and the fish Vietnamese was full of the yummy fishy flavour.
We tried the salad after dinner (justifying that it all ends up in the tummy anyway). I tried the chicken salad which was delicious.
Finally, it was dessert time, the huge selection and variety in the sweets section made me go weak in my knees.just as i dug into my gulab jamun, I was reminded by my kind server that I had to try their jalebi and ice cream.
I highly recommend this lovely restaurant to anyone who wants to indulge in a wide variety of tasty food. My only tip to you is to make sure you are hungry when you enter this restaurant, cause hungry or not you will try out everything for sure. A big thumbs up to the management of this restaurant and the smiling hostess and pleasant servers who clearly made this evening a memorable one for the both of us. I walked out with my wife on one hand and a toothpick on the other, already waiting for next Friday.
Ps: They serve awesome chicken dum biryani too. The ambrosial scent of the spices was just too tempting, to let a full tummy get in the way of devouring it.