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Wahrabia Food Festival at Barbeque Nation

If we get a chance to use Alladin’s Magic Lamp, it would be to have an Arabian food festival. On a similar idea, Barbeque Nation has come up with “Wahrabia Food Festival”, which takes all our taste buds on a magical ride to enjoy the special cuisine of Arabia. The entire decor is set with ‘Arabian Nights’ theme and special dishes to make the experience better. Limited time menu containing a wide range of recipes from Arabia and neatly decorated ambience went hand in hand.

From a long list of mocktails, we ordered Italian Smooch and Liquid Chutney which definitely helped to beat the summer heat.

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Moving on to the food, Barbeque National has never failed to serve amazing dishes and the food festival made it even better. The vegetarians had a lot to choose from. Fried Pita bread and Pita Pockets with hummus & few other dips were a good start. Spiced Potato and Crispy Corn never cease to amaze us and with every visit, the taste just gets better. Lebanese Kebab and Afelia Batata are a must try.

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Under non-vegetarian, they had signature dishes which included Jujeh Kebab, Rubian Meshwi, Arabian Kafta Lamb Seekh, Farareej el Fahem and Dabel Kebab. They had a special live counter which prepared Kesabi Dejaj, Chicken Shawarma roll and Dabel Kabab. Chicken Shawarma was a small roll which had chopped chicken and couple of vegetables with them. Dabel Kebab was one of my favourites, Chicken served on a stick with good masalas.

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The main course too had a large spread of items to choose, let it be veg or non-veg. Prominent were the Nargisi Kofta, Gobi Mussallam, Zucchini Fasigratin, Curried Chick Peas, Fish cooked with Peas, Burani Gosht Biryani.

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We love desserts (who doesn’t, right?) and Barbeque Nation had a lot to offer us. The highlight was the traditional sweet dishes Baklava (a sweet pastry made of layers of chopped nuts and honey) and Muhallabieh (creamy milky pudding with roses and pistachio). Along with these, they had few flavoured ice creams, couple of pastries, fresh fruits and Coconut Walnut Pie.

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If you’re one of those planning to celebrate birthday or anniversary, you’re in for a treat. While you enjoy delicious food, the in-house waiters sing and perform 🙂

JP Nagar’s outlet is known for having a great ambience, and with the fest happening the entire setup is made even better. The place is filled with hanging lights, screen suspensions and illustrations of Aladdin and Ginnie themselves. The fest has opened up a window into the culture and flavours of Arabia.

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Be a part of Wahrabia Fest, visit any of Barbeque Nation’s outlets in Bengaluru region (Indiranagar, Koramangala, JP Nagar, Lido Mall – MG Road, Whitefield Road, Kammanahalli and Electronics City) before March 19th to have one of a kind experience and make memories 🙂

Three cheers to the entire team & Happy Helpers who served us at the JP Nagar outlet 🙂

Featured Image Credits – Hari Camala.

Address – #67, 15th Cross, 6th B Main, JP Nagar, Bengaluru.
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Five Star Chicken – 19th FBAB Meetup!

Five Star Chicken is one of those food chains that started as a small outlet and have spread to many countries. We got to their new outlet as a part of 19th FBAB Meetup.

Five Star Chicken name usually gives out a vibe that it’s a chicken-only place, but only when you visit you’ll know they have a lot to offer in veg too! To overcome this misconception, they have named their new outlet as Five Star Cafe.

The first outlet was in Thailand which opened up during the mid-1985. Since then, they’ve served great quality chicken in more than 7000 stores worldwide! They’ve expanded to 9 countries and their key to success is providing great taste at an affordable price while maintaining quality. The company has its own state of the art infrastructure for storage – distribution – exercise complete control over the quality and thus, they are able to optimize the cost and pass on better value to the customer.

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Moving onto the food, they have a long list of quick eats. We started with Thai Crispy Chicken and Crunchy Masala in huge buckets! Thai Crispy, a couple of tender chicken pieces marinated in Thai Mixture of masalas. Crunchy Chicken is all different from Thai Crispy starting from the color to taste, the coating is crispy and goes well with chicken.

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Chicken Popcorn is one of my favorite. Small chunks of chicken, dipped in flour mixture and fried in oil. Good eat that goes well with most of the drinks!

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Veg Cheese Corn Nuggets – Nuggets itself is a good start, but Five Star Chicken has gone ahead to fill it with Cheese and Corn making it a soft melting treat to the taste buds!

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Peri-Peri Fries sounds similar as the McD’s but entirely different. The spices pack great flavors which leave you wanting more.

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Hungry Bird Burger – Boneless Chicken patty placed between secret sauce and lettuce. Have one of these and you’ll almost be filled.

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Veg Roll – Dices of veg crunchies & vegetables filled inside a flat bread with tangy sauce.

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Parathas, well what can I say? These were one of the best aloo parathas that we’ve ever tasted. The aloo filling is consistent throughout & is served with mixed vegetable pickle but goes well just like that.

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Veg Biryani – The moment when you taste biryani, you’ll realize it has an amazing combination of spices and vegetables. The corn and green peas are a great combo. A must try 🙂

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Chicken Biryani, a simple dish cooked with basmati rice, light masalas and few pieces of chicken. A great main course dish.

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The place is well maintained. Interior and exterior seating arrangements are made. The service is pretty quick and staff are on their toes when a customer enters.
Recommended 🙂

Address – CPF Towers, Adjacent to Byblos, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bengaluru.
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Barbeque Nation @ Rajajinagar with Disco King Bappi Lahiri!

Whenever we think of unlimited buffet, Barbeque Nation is the name that pops right up! Barbeque Nation started their journey sometime in the mid-2006 with the concept of do-it-yourself (DIY) cuisine involving the live-grill on the table for the foodies to have the joy of grilling. This year being their 10th anniversary, they’ve decided to extend to potential areas which they’d missed earlier. As a part of this expansion, they’ve opened a new outlet in West Gate Mall, Rajajinagar – a place within the reach of our neighborhood. We got an invite to witness the inauguration of the outlet with the Disco King Bappi Lahiri starting off the live grill and performing the Disco Barbecue and a couple of other songs to entertain the crowd.

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When asked what Bappi Lahiri feels about Barbeque Nation, this is what he had to say – “I am passionate about food and particularly enjoy barbeques. I think Barbeque Nation captures the essence of a barbeque quite well – not just the delicious smoky flavour of food grilled over charcoals, but also the relaxed and friendly atmosphere that accompanies barbeque parties everywhere. I am sure that this outlet, like others across the country, will appeal to food lovers of Bengaluru.”

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We started our meal with quite a good appetizers. Virgin mojito, lime soda and Alphonso mango-flavoured iced tea. The iced tea tasted really good.

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The unlimited buffet consists of a long list of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Starters like Pasta Steak with Sweet Chilly Sauce, Coastal Barbeque Fish and Fried Chicken Wings in Schezwan Sauce deserve a special mention.
Mediterranean Chicken which was well marinated and grilling just makes it a good try! Kalmi Kebab is a leg piece cooked in special kebab masala, a good start along with the barbecue skewers.

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For veg starters we had spicy potato and crispy corn chilli pepper. Crispy corn being our all time favorite. It was perfectly fried and tasted just right on our taste buds.
Apart from this, live grill on the table added to the list of starters. Mix-veggies, pineapple, mushroom, corn, cottage cheese were on the skewers.

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The main course has a number of mouth-watering dishes ranging from Corn Mushroom and Mutter Tamatar to West Coast Fish Curry and Roasted Chicken in demi glaze sauce. They offer Hyderabadi Vegetarian Dum Biryani and Kadai Paneer too. Overall, the main course dishes were tummy filling and tasty 🙂

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Desserts are the best part of any meal. We had a wide range of desserts to munch on. We tried few cold cakes , caramel pudding, malai phirni, gulab jamoon and gajar-ka-halwa with vanilla ice cream. Interesting thing here was the LIVE KULFI COUNTER. We got to witness many varieties being served as we were in the queue. Tasted the chef’s choice kulfi. Kesar badam kulfi diced into equal pieces with condensed milk and rooh-afza on it. Topped with falooda, vermicelli & slices of badam & pista.

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Ambience – The appearance and feel of the restaurant follows the basic design of Barbeque Nation which is rustic and casual, with wood and brick wall interiors. The Rajajinagar outlet can accommodate up to 128 people. Live-Grill on each table is a great way to keep any foodie excited. There’s live music square. The place gets crowded easily, so it’s recommended to have a reservation.

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Price Range – ₹1,600 for two.

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Hello Curry – 12th FBAB Meetup!

Hello Curry operates on Delivery-Only space and caters to the demand for quick, affordable and daily food. They started their journey in 2013 at Hyderabad. Bengaluru and Pune have been its recent additions, making a total count of 32 stores in 3 cities.

As invitees for the 12th FBAB meetup, we were at Cartier Hotel for food tasting and package reviewing.

Dishes that were served:
Double ka Meetha – A great welcome sweet, which renders your taste buds. Quick bread based sweet which couldn’t be identified, until we were informed about the recipe. Fried chunks of bread soaked in rich badam milk.

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Veg Biryani – Steamed rice accompanied with mild flavors of spices with fewer vegetables and served with raita. Not great, but a good dish for a veggie. Biryani can be improved in terms of vegetables and spices.

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Boneless Chicken Biryani – This is more of a Bengaluru Biryani rather than an authentic biryani, it’s the result of having to serve different foodies. So, don’t expect this to be spicy. The way they’ve integrated the flavors has come out well. Chicken is perfectly cooked and the its served with raita.

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Mighty Chicken Masala – Ghar ka Chicken, as they say it, but due to the market trends, the name was changed to Mighty Chicken Masala. Soft cooked chicken in a home styled recipe.

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Paneer Capsicum Paratha – How to make a veggie happy? You serve them Paneer Capsicum Paratha! It’s a combination of paneer and finely chopped capsicum, mixed together and stuffed to make a paratha.

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Butter Chicken – Another dish that has a change of recipe to match the localites’ requirement. As usual, tender chicken cooked with masalas and fewer spices.

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Dhal Makhani – Dhal Makhani has been known for leaving one filled and making them feel heavy. But this had a different story. They’ve come up with a brilliant idea of replacing traditional beans with Green Gram, and it has paid off. A great curry that goes well with rice and paratha.

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Paneer Butter Masala – One of their best curries. Double like for the taste, even better with additional butter 😛

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Panchmel Sabzi – As the name says, a light curry made up of five ingredients served with steamed rice. It can also be tried with paratha. Nothing great about the taste.

Chocó Shots – This was a trial dish which isn’t available on the menu. Amazing dessert prepared by a home chef made up of layers of chocolate cream, bits of butterscotch and topped off with choco chips & peanuts.

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Packaging of the Dishes:
For ‘delivery-only’ start-up, it’s just not about the taste of the food but also about the packaging and presenting of it. This is where Hello Curry has stood out in terms of innovation and creativity.
Comic strips and funny quotes are the highlights of the biriyani containers and curry pots.
The paratha packaging resembles a mailbox and the inner part is well segmented for all the side dishes that is served along.

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Delivery note:
Hello Curry caters to the localities within the radius of 5 km from its kitchen.

Hello Curry Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Absolute Barbecue – 8th FBAB Meetup!

Our first visit to Absolute Barbecue, and this was as invitees for the 8th FBAB Meetup. We had heard a lot of good things about the outlet in Marathalli. So with same hopes we visited this outlet with many great foodie friends. Nevertheless, it reached our expectations and yes, we were happy with their service. This restaurant offers nothing more than a solid buffet. This place is like none other, offering an unlimited buffet on restaurant-wide dishes, no restrictions at all.

For veg starters, we had Vietnamese Grill, Mediterranean Mushroom and Paneer Rawal Pindi on the Live Grill. Veg Soup, American Cheesy Potato and Caramelized Pineapple were served separately.

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For non-veg starters, we were served Chilli Garlic Fish, Schezwan Prawns and Caribean Jerk Chicken on the Live Grill. Chicken Soup, Mutton Seekh Kabab, Rabbit, Duck, Quail and Shark separately.

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On the veg main course list, they offered veg Dum Biryani, Corn Cheese Kofta, Achari Aloo, Bendi Fry, Dal Makani, Thai curry and few more options of curries with Plain Rice. Each recipe had a unique taste. We enjoyed the main course food. Except for the veg soup, everything else was pretty good in terms of taste.

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On the non-veg main course list, they offered Chicken Biryani, Srilankan Shrimp Curry and a Fish Curry. Buns and Rotis were served common to both, along with the above-mentioned dishes. The Srilankan Shrimp Curry was simply amazing, and it went great with rice and biryani. The soup, however, had too much of garlic.

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The desserts were one of the best which offered a lot of choices. We tried Phirnee, Paan Icecream, Pineapple Delight, Coconut Flan Celebration Pastry and Angoor Jamun.

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The ambiance is one of the best. Live-Grill on each table is a great way to keep foodie excited. There’s live music at all times and the singer is amazing! They use plates with green/black colored stem to differentiate between veg/non-veg to avoid confusion. They refill the grill constantly and you won’t feel empty at any moment. The place gets crowded easily, so it’s recommended to have a reservation. The staff and management are friendly. If you use Google Maps, it shows directions to the back entrance of the building and it’s located on the 2nd floor. Thanks for the invite, Chef BB and Naveen Suresh 🙂

Few more pictures!

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Kudos to the staff and management for their love and service.

Address – CPR towers, 100 Ft Road, 1st Phase, 2nd Stage, Near Jayadeva Flyover, BTM, Bengaluru.

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Koshy’s

Koshy’s – The one restaurant that we had in our bucket list from the beginning of the food journey, so on one random afternoon we decided to check-in. As we entered, we saw the placed filled with business people having a meet or team members having lunch, but no teenagers. Having this thought on the mind, we sat down and noticed we had come into the lunch-only side of the restaurant instead of the usual breakfast-lunch side.

But none the less, we ordered Sweet Lime Soda for the appetizer

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and continued with Butter Naan, Panner Butter Masala

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and Egg Biryani for the main course.

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They served all the dishes at once and as AC was switched on, the food cooled down making it a bit difficult to consume. The ambiance is one of the best, which gives an impression of an old house. They serve the food on a warm ceramic plate which is very rare in the present days.

I’ve no recommendation for this place yet! The food tastes similar to that served in other restaurants, not unique about it.

Downsides – Finding a parking space is tedious work, given that the restaurant is right next to Hard Rock Cafe. This place gets filled up easily, especially on Sunday’s for morning breakfast. The food is bit overpriced compared to the taste and the quantity served, and not to forget the amount of TAX they charge on the bill. If you’re going for the first time, check the AC and Non-AC part of the restaurant before occupying the table.

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The staff are dressed in white uniform, who greets us upon entering and taking the seat. They are friendly in approach and usually take care of serving the food instead of just leaving it on the table. I would surely be back for amazing breakfast collection (from what I’ve heard, they are one of the best).

Address – 39, St. Marks Road, Next to Hard Rock Cafe, Bengaluru

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