Barbeque is loved by all in our family. Any good reason and we are ready to celebrate with the flaming grill and marinations. But there are times when I just don’t feel like doing all the prep work and want to just dig into the fare. For such times, a good barbeque places comes in handy. I have already heard praises for Alila’s barbeque nights and when I got an invite as a CAL blogger’s table member to experience the Friday grilling at their restaurant, it was an immediate yes.
We reached the restaurant almost on time and made our way to the table where other members were sitting.
The evening started with a few rounds of drinks. I ordered a regular Mojito. The drink failed to make an impression with respect to the balance as it was overly sweet with no hint of alcohol. But a few others on the table got lucky with their choice and enjoyed their Pina coladas, peach daiquiri and strawberry and chili concoction.
By the time we finished our drinks, all of us on the table were pretty hungry and so headed towards the barbeque stations.
There were six stations lined up in an Al fresco setting with a black board menu on the side of each station.
I started with the salads. There were bacon potatoes, raw papaya, white radish and couscous tabbouleh. The bacon potatoes were delicious with soft and creamy potatoes wrapped with crispy bacon.
After clearing my plate of all the bacon bits, I headed to the Arabic char grill station (My favorite for the evening)
There were kubeedeh kebabs, chicken kefta kebabs, grilled sardines with hara sauce, Arabic style chicken wings and grilled tomato. These were accompanied with garlic mayonnaise and pickle. The kubeedeh kebabs were delicious and juicy and so were the chicken kefta kebabs. Grilled sardines were an interesting addition to the the menu and the hara sauce totally complimented the crispy and crunchy fish. Vegetable maklouba rice was my star dish that day and I could not help but serve the dish a few times on my plate.The rice in the maklouba was cooked to perfection and I love the crunch from the fried cauliflowers.
Vegetarian grill had the corn on the cob, beetroot, squash and maple glazed sweet potato. If I were a vegetarian, I would have wished for something more interesting on the menu as apart from maple glazed potatoes, none of the other dishes stood out for me.
The western char grill was another of my favorite station. Thai fish cake and lamb chops were grilled to perfection and Nasi goreng made it’s way to my plate twice. My son was more than excited to see his favorite hot dogs on the menu and I had a happy child with his tummy full with a couple of them.
The tandoori station had all the Indian favorites – paneer tikka, tandoori phool, tandoori aloo, lasuni murg and malai chicken. lasuni murg was juicy and very flavorful and for the vegetarians, tandoori aloo and phool were a good option.
I love my desserts and look forward to finish my meal fast so that I can satisfy my sweet tooth. But the dessert counter was a disappointment with not even a single dish which I really enjoyed. Mango malpuas sounded promising but could not stand up to the expectation. Apart from malpuas, there were grilled muffins, fruit skewers and ice cream with variety of topping. So ice cream it was for dessert.
Overall, I would say it is a good barbeque option for Friday evenings specially with their open outdoors, you can hang out with a bunch of friends or family. Barbeque is on self serve and the drinks are served on the table. However the service could be improved a little bit and. Thanks Alila for hosting the CAL table and giving us a nice overall experience.
Varthur Main Road,
Friday Night Barbeque: Rs.1199/ – all inclusive