Ten-Second Takeaway

Touted to be India’s first wish grill, Absolute Barbecue offers seafood, poultry and game meat in an easy buffet format.

Sip On

After Dark and Sazerac

Chow Down

It’s a buffet, so everything really. Pay attention to the rabbit, emu and quail – meat that is rarely served in town.

Lowdown On The Ambience

Smart, spacious but nothing to write home about, this restaurant {the Marathahalli outlet} is one massive hall split into booths, table-chair spots and the bar side. A teppanyaki-style grill right upfront welcomes you, while an open kitchen and rotisserie keeps you amused at the far end. Soft lighting and pop music sets a cheery mood, and we’re already plotting our culinary strategy.

Starter Pack

The usual slew of starters — chicken, fish, prawn, potato and mushroom, arrive half-cooked to your table. Then, your table {with a secret trap-door} opens up to reveal a mini pop-up rotisserie. Nifty, eh? So for those fussy eaters who like it ‘well-done’ or ‘medium-rare’, go ahead and be particular, it’s yours for the grilling! We had parsley fish {tragically Basa}, Cheesy Potato, Tandoori Broccoli {quite a refreshing change}. But what we truly enjoyed was the Caribbean Jerk Chicken – tender pieces of chicken with a burst of hot spicy marinade.

Game On

Boasting an exotic selection of  meats and vegetables – emu, rabbit, quail, baby octopus, brussel sprouts, leek and oyster mushrooms, the teppan-style counters are kept separate for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Pick your ingredients and the chef will masterfully toss it about with your choice of sauce. If you’re thinking of upping the heat then there’s an amazing Szechuan sauce that goes well with the veggies. The rabbit pairs nicely with an Indian spicy sauce, but for the quail, it was to find a match as most sauces were far too spicy to it. We also found that not many people are up for game meat, so do keep an eye on freshness. We found the emu meat a bit dry and in fact, stayed clear of the baby octopus altogether. Vegetarians, try the mushroom with the Manchurian Gravy, it’s spot on.

Mighty Spread

The buffet is adequate but not in the same league as the grills section. There’s a soup, few vegetarian and non-vegetarian options {think Achari Aloo, Butter Chicken and Dal Tadka} but skip it all in favour of the biryani. Aromatic and with that right amount of spice, this Hyderabadi-style biryani shines even in its veggie form. But our hearts are firmly in the claws of the Sri Lankan crab curry. Meaty, redolent with spices, we suspect that the Jaffna powder {typical to the northern Sri Lankan place of the same name} had much to do with the beautiful flavour. Wash this all down with After Dark, a smooth cocktail of desert pear and cinnamon muddled with vodka. Or pick the Sazerac – whiskey with sours and anise liqueur balancing each other well. Dessert can be skipped but if you’re interested, Jamoon With Rabdi is their best offering.


Any day of the week here is massively crowded so reservations are recommended, or rather essential, to avoid disappointment.

Find your nearest Absolute Barbecue here.

Price: INR 1,200 for two

Contact: +91 8088922203 {Marathahalli} and +91 8880488809 {BTM Layout}

Timings: Noon – 3pm and 6pm – 11pm

Find out more about them here. Follow them on Facebook here.

Featured image via: Absolute Barbecue


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