Mohammed Ali Road Ki Masti at Barbeque Nation

Mohammed Ali Road is a popular destination in Mumbai which is known all over the country for some of the traditionally delicious street food which is available there.  From biryani, kababs and nihari, to firni, malpua and mawa jalebis, there are about a dozen iconic items which are not to be missed during a food walk in this locality.

Live Counter Barbeque Nation

Barbeque Nation, the nationally popular casual buffet restaurant chain has brought the delicacies from MA Road at a special promotion MA Road Ki Masti, which is currently on in Hyderabad. The promotion is part of the usual buffet and there is no additional charge for the same apart from the usual buffet rates. While the spread includes quite a few delicacies from the Bhendi Bazar area where this road is located, overall I also found a bias towards Mughlai food in the spread offered at this promotion, compared to the usual fare at the restaurant.


Table Grill

The main attraction of the festival for me was the live counter which has been specially set up for the festival. Two varieties of mince kababs, Shammi Kabab and Shikampur Kabab were being prepared on the hot tawa. Baida Paratha, layered with egg batter and stuffed with a good amount of chicken kheema was for me the best dish from this counter.   Kheema Pav was another delicacy from here, whereas the Mumbai version of Gurda Kaleji with use of green chillies and less masala will be an interesting dish to try out for the Hyderabadis.

Baida Paratha with Kababs
Baida Paratha with Kababs

The starters served on the table had the famed Seekh Kabab from Bhendi Bazar, a grainier version compared to the stuff we get in Hyderabad. The mint chutney served with it was a perfect companion. The other starters were the regular table grill stuff with a bias towards Mughlai food – Tandoori Murgh, and Kandahari Tikka. Ajwaini Fish and Nimbu Mirchi Jhinga were the delights available for seafood lovers. Among the vegetarian starters, Soya ke Tikke and Paneer Dil ka Tukda deserve mention.

Gurda Kaleji
Gurda Kaleji

Of course, you always have the option of falling back on the usual Barbeque Nation starters such as Cajun Spiced Potatoes, Barbequed Pineapples and Crispy Corn.


The main course is once again where the Muslim food from Mumbai comes into the fray. Zam Zam Pulao, a flavourful chicken and rice dish was surely the one to look for. The rice had nice flavours of green chillies and masala. I was told that chicken had been added twice to this dish, one version cooked in the kachhi style, and the other pre-cooked on a tawa before adding.  The other rice dish Sikandari Raan Biryani had the meat from the leg portion of mutton, though the taste was essentially Hyderabadi.

Shawarma
Shawarma

The slow-cooked Gosht Nihari was tasty enough though I kept on looking for an appropriate bread to dunk into it. Chicken Angara is a dish which I had liked in Bombay, and here again, I enjoyed the taste. The heavy onion-laden Mughlai Fish Curry was a perfect foil to the Indian bread.

Zam Zam Biryani
Zam Zam Biryani

The desserts had Malpua with Rabri, one of the favourites in the M.A. Road area. Another favourite the mawa jalebis from Burhanpur was missing though. Sheer Kurma and Kesari Firni were the other two festival dishes. Of course, the usual desserts from Barbeque Nation like Gulab Jamun and Khaja were all there, while Red Velvet Cheese Cake was a new item on the menu. Kulfi Nation is an initiative of the restaurant which I love. About six varieties of kulfis including the signature paan one were there for us to taste.

Kulfi
Kulfi

I have been to Muhammad Ali Road a few times and tried some of the signature places there. However, I am no expert on it. So, I will not vouch for the authenticity of the dishes at the promotion at Barbeque Nation. But, all I can say is the items being showcased tasted extremely good. Also, I would advise people not to over gorge on the starters for this fest, as we usually do in this restaurant. The main courses here are major highlights of this promotion.



The festival, which was originally supposed to run until 11th February has now been extended to 18th.

Locations in Hyderabad:
Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills and Gachibowli

Disclaimer: The review is based on an invite from the restaurant.



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