My nephew is here from New Zealand on a month long vacation. This has called for lots of celebrations especially with special foods at home and at restaurants. As of now, at home we had many traditional, Hyderabadi and other special foods including Chinese and Japanese. And then he is also being entertained by other family members, relatives and friends; sometimes along with us, at their houses or restaurants with sumptuous food. With few more days of his stay left this trend of entertainment is continuing.
The attached photographs are of one such party, a new experience for me, that of a Wish Grill! This is not new to my son and nephews in the pictures; they have experienced this here, in Bangalore and other cities abroad. This party I am talking about was at Absolute Barbecues, the first and only restaurant with a regular Wish Grill in Hyderabad. And I thoroughly enjoyed the Wish Grill experience which is very obvious from the attached photographs which are showing our table with a large number of red bowls from the Wish Grill.
The concept of Live Grills at tables with Veg. and Non Veg. starters is quite old to our city, certainly over 10 years old, starting with 36-Chhattees BBQ restaurant at Jubilee Hills. We have been visiting all these popular Live Grill restaurants like 36 Chhattees at Jubilee Hills and at Paradise, The Great Kabab Factory, Barbeque Nation and Sigree Restaurant because we like Kababs and other grilled foods. Coming back to Absolute Barbecues restaurant where I have gone for the first time, the Live Grill here is the same as in other Live Grill restaurants, serving five non-veg. and five veg. starters on skewers to be finally cooked on the grill at your table, to your liking. The difference with this restaurant is the Wish Grill. After having the starters or mid way you can walk to the Wish Grill counter without a plate in your hand. Here you will find a spread of around 16 varieties of exotic assorted Veg. and Non Veg. dishes. There is Rabbit, Duck, Emu, Chicken and Quail meat and Fish, Prawns and mixed Seafood consisting of Fish, Baby Octopus and Squid and for vegetarians there are Olives, Zucchini, Baby Corn and Mushrooms. Adjacent to this spread is a sample display of seven BBQ sauces in glasses indicating their names. You will have to choose any number of Veg. and Non Veg. items and the sauce you would like to go with each of them and inform the Chef. He would pick up each of the main item mentioned by you and put it into a bowl, add vegetables and herbs to it and attach a colored clip to the bowl which indicates the sauce to be added to it and another clip with a token number and you are handed over a token with the same number as on the token clip. You go back to the table with these tokens and continue with your starters. In the meantime your Wish Grill items are being barbecued. The bearer would then come to your table and note your token numbers and get your Barbecued Wish Grill items to you.
Then as at other Live Grill restaurants AB’s has a large and sumptuous main course-buffet spread and over ten Indian and International desserts and a live stone ice cream counter.