For all you Kebab and Barbeque Food Lovers, heres a place where you can enjoy your hearts delight of Authentic Barbeque Food.
Imagine, good old Thane which was once written off
as a village, or suburbs, is now becoming a Foodies Paradise.
I really never knew Thane had such a grand joint, Barbeque Nation which I believe is was started in Mumbai in 2006 and owned by Sayaji Hotel Ltd. Barbeque Nation an Exclusive vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian Restaurant is drawn from Mediterranean, American, Oriental and Asian origin.
Barbeque Nation brings the concept of a live grill to India for the first time. An International Concept, the restaurant offers an option where customers can make their food on their personal grills, which are embedded in each table.
My family and me went out this Saturday to have a little party and someone suggested we go to this Exotic place. The first thing my Designing eyes noticed was their beautiful Logo and Slogan. BARBEQUE NATION. The World on a Grill. What a totally Fantastic Slogan. I love Logo Designing and appreciate a Good One when I see it. Further they go on to make it more Authentic by adding that it is Live Barbeque on the Table. I was amazed at this concept. Trully it was a extraordinary assessment and experience.
The Cuisine is a combination of Chinese, Continental and North-Indian. The music makes the place real Lively with a mix of Bollywood, Hip-Hop and Pop. You enter the lobby and booking table on the ground level and if your table is ready, you are ushered to the 2nd level where the feast is laid out. Level 1 is the kitchen and washroom area. The décor is modeled after a European country dining experience, with a lot of wood and exposed brick walls.
The restaurant cum bar can space around 130 people as well as provides valet parking, take away and reservation services for the convenience of the customers. You better do your reservations, if you dont want to sit and wait. The rate per head is Rs. 500/-, a Steal if you ask me!!
Their address is Sun Magnetica
Eastern Express Highway
Thane 400 601
Phone: 932110114 / 022-32162444
Landline - 022- 32162333
Timings 12.00 p.m to 12.00 a.m .
(Thats what I call The Typical Mumbaikar Lifesytle).
Since we reached there by 12.30 p.m., we were lucky to get the best table, which was right at the end, and which overlooked the entire restaurant. Each table has its own personal Grills, embedded on their table, which when not used it covered with a lovely wooden slab. There is a high degree of hygiene level and no odors of food and barbecues. The kitchen area is well separated from the seating area and so prevents that stuffy food smell from flurrying the area.
The first thing, that is done, by their Efficient, time-perfect waiters are to get your table ready for the starters. So they put in the grills into your table and get your Starters plate ready. There is little flag pole on your table which says (hold your breath!!!!!!!!!!) Please turn down, to Stop Starters Service. Yes, guys, there a bountiful Unlimited Starters for you to Hog on. My advice to you is make sure, you dont eat anything 6 hours before going here, or you will be doing Injustice to the Menu.
The Buffet menu as I was informed by the waiters are prefixed having 5 Veg and 5 Non-Veg Starters. I Veg and 1 Non-Veg Soup. 4 Non-Veg and 6 Veg in Main Course with rice, roti and naan. 3 Non-Veg and 5 Veg Salads. And (Again hold your breath!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) 7 Divine Desserts.. Hearing this, my taste buds started working and we got ready for the most exciting Food Experience of our Lives!!
The waiters promptly arrived with Skewers, having cooked Starters which they wud place on your table grill. Is there any word better than Mouth Watering?? Well then you better use that word here, for along came the Non-Veg Starters, Coastal Barbeque Fish, Tiger Sized Tandoori Prawns, Shami Kebabs, Grilled Chicken with mustard glaze. You hardly finish one skewer and the next is promptly placed on your grill, so while you are happily munching on the starters, your other starters are being kept warm and nice heating slowly on your table grill. Dont worry you vegetarians, the Veg Starters took looked very tempting, on the side table where we had a vegetarian couple sinking their teeth into the sumptuous Aloo mint Kebab, Barbeque Paneer, Beetroot sticks, Gobi aachari, chili garlic baby potatoes and barbeque mushrooms.
I must advice you, if you are a Non-Veg, concentrate on the Fish and Tiger Prawns skewers. And with the starters you are served 1 Beer free or 1 Mock tail drink free, as complimentary. I choose the strawberry mock tail and it was heavenly. You can also order more drinks from their bounteous bar, which most of the men were doing!
We were all so full with the starters, but I was curious to see what the main menu had in store, so I forcibly cut down on the Starters and went with mum to the Main Course Buffet Table. There was Smoked Chicken Soup and Tomato Basil Soup. Me and mum decided to skip that and get on to the main dishes, consisting of Chicken Dum Biryani, Roasted Lamb in Pepper Sauce, Mutton Keema, Fish Yellow Thai Curry, baked Cheese Pasta. Then we choose the raw papaya and peanut salad, the sesame potato salad and corn and spinach salad and Yogurt apple salad. My plate was full and mum had to literally pull me away from the food spread !!! There was so much of variety and if you ask me, I will vote the Roasted Lamb, Keema, Corn and Spinach Salad and Yogurt Apple Salad, as my favorites. We sunk into the food sumptuously.
Mum and me were the first to finish and both of us being the Sweet Tooth specialists went for the Final Grand Dessert Spread. The first thing that caught my eye here was My Favorite Kiwi Soufflé and Kiwi Sauce, then fruit cake, angoori gulab jamuns, Crunchy dry-fruits Halwa, Mmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!, Ice Cream with hot chocolate sauce. Again that plate of mine got full and I was forced to return back to my seat. But honestly, after you ate the last spoon of your Desserts, your stomach actually Thanks You and you know that this is the limit. I call it A Happily Saturated Stomach.
The waiters clear up your table, remove the grills and replace the wooden slabs and a cleared table with water glasses and your favorite saunf is placed before you. The bill is simple, Rs 500 multiplied by the number of people !!!
Wow!!! What a Spread, What an Ambience, What Service !!! One of the waiters came up and gave me the Feed-back / Suggestion Form to fill up. I looked at him and simply said Hey, Barbeque Nation ROCKS!!! And definitely does not need anybodys suggestions, Its Just PERFECT.
So, I bet u guys must be already making plans to raid Barbeque Nation, this weekend.
And its CATTIES GUARANTEE ITS A PERFECT GRILL WITH A THRILL. Enjoy Yourselves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!