By Ritesh Chopra
Ever since I visited BBQ nation last year, this name always gets my mouth salivated. So when I heard about their Sun n Sand festival, I decided to visit their Lokhandwala outlet with a friend to try out their dishes from various beaches of the world. As we entered the restaurant, we were greeted by their friendly staff and escorted to our tables. Here I noticed that going with the mood of this festival they had a Goan singer to perform live. And from here began our culinary journey which took us all over the world from Maldives to the Bahamas to Goa and Malaysia.
We decided to order mainly non-vegetarian starters as none of us are fans of veg food. Within 5 mins the waiter came with our drinks, Lemon Iced tea for me and Jack Daniels for my friend and started the live grill on our table. We started with Malaysian Shrimp, Fihunu Mas Badhige and stuff spicy cheese(veg). He then served us Tandoori Crab, Dohra seekh Kebab and aloo Koliwada. We liked the shrimps and fish so much that we kept on asking for repeats. Then came the dish which we liked the most : Exotic Red snapper with hosin sauce. The big fish came in a moving serving cabinet and as soon as we feasted on it, the only word that came to our lips was WOW! The presentation of the fish was absolutely fantastic. At this point, we decided to have a Mexican tequila shot which was also a part of the fest.
Finally we decided to let go off these delicious starters and move onto the main course.Here again, there was a vast variety of dishes for us to choose from. We tried small portions of Mexican chicken, chicken dum biryani, Malabar fish curry and Paneer makhana(veg). The right mix of different flavours and a good variety literally left us smacking our lips and licking our fingers.Then came my favourite part of eating out– Dessert. Following the suit of the starter and main course menu, we had 9 different desserts in front of us. Obviously as we were already full, we were in a dilemma which one to go for. Finally we decided to share Baked Blueberry cheese cake, Mud sacher. Both of them were cooked to perfection. But temptation of gulab jamun was too much for me to avoid. So we had one of those as well and went home completely satiated. All in all I would suggest you definitely try out this fest if you get the chance, you wont regret.
Barbeque Nation presents SUN n SAND a journey through the exquisite beaches of the world for the first time in Mumbai from the 10 October – 21stOctober 2012, at Khar, Thane, Lokhandawala, Andheri and Nerul outlet.
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