Grillicious – Grilled to perfection
The season is getting perfect for enjoying weekends with outdoor Barbeques and Grills with friends, but lot of foodies are just able to enjoy this only once or twice throughout winters and some just stay on the planning stage as it takes a good amount of planning and logistics to have a successful Barbeque party. Well Grillicious is here to change, just share your preferences and number of people and rest will be taken care by Grillicious team led by Swapna Goyal and Ajit Goel. From all the equipment to pre-marinated ready to grill dishes and a Chef to assist you to do it right. And if you don’t have numbers to do a full party of your own, they host Community Grills at the their Baner outlet, where you can join fellow foodies to enjoy Sunday afternoons with unlimited Food and Drinks.
Grillicious, Baner is a spacious and full fledged restaurant focusing on grilled food. So you can be there anytime and enjoy a sumptuous meal, the menu is very refreshing with array of fusion food choices that will surely break the monotony of dining at regular restaurants and that too at a very competitive pricing, one of the most economical places I know of in the vicinity. They have a huge indoor section and twice as big outdoor section to enjoy the food under the stars. Also being off the main road it is serene and quiet.
The Food Prowl Team was invited to a food tasting and we had a gala time over Food and Mocktails.
We started our meal with the soups, went on to appetizers mains and desserts and the very pretty looking and refreshing mocktails kept flowing along the entire meal.
They have 4 soups on the menu, we tried all and unanimously we reordered Smoked Mushroom Soup, the flavors were just spell binding and we couldn’t have had enough of it in one serving, and this is from a core non veg loving gang.
Other soups were also very decent – Coco Lemon Grass, Paya Dhania Shorba and Murg Adraki; all very medium consistency soups nicely flavored, loved the soup bowls as well that came attached with a dish for serving munchies on the side we got Garlic Bread or papad strips with the soups to savor.
The most eye candy platter was next – the Masala Papad Platter. It was a do it yourself kinda serving, with 5 types of papads with 6 options of toppings that included chutneys, sev, boondi, pyaaz kachumbar and in house masala. As the platter arrived everyone on the table went quiet and got engrossed in making their Masala Papads. It was something we have encountered for the first time and it was super fun and tasty at same time, we highly recommend it to everyone.
We tried 4 mocktails and all of them were very refreshing and made spot on. The Lemongrass and Mint Mojito had the lemongrass flavor that elevated the regular mojito to another level.
My personal favorite was the Ginger Berry Glacier, A blob of shaved ice in a pool of not too sweet drink in a salt rimmed margarita glass.
Another tempting one was the Green Apple & Lime Glacier.
The Caprioska came in a combo flavor of Watermelon and Hazelnut. We kept these running throughout the meal.
Next in were appetizers, to begin with we had veg ones - Potato 2 ways, potato all the way – Crispy Piri fires served a cheesy potato mash dip, complementing each other perfectly.
Mac & Cheese Samosa was a crisp deep fried (but not over oily) shell stuffed with stringy cheese and macaroni, lightly seasoned we suggest to have this one with the different dips on the table else it could taste a little bland to typical Indian palate, Mango chilly and curd garlic ones worked well for me.
The Green Mango Paneer Tikka, we felt was high on red chilly and the chef agreed to rework on it to make the kairi flavor more prominent.
In non veg they have an array of Indian tikkas done up in international flavors, we tried – Grilled Jamaican Jerk Chicken, it had a distinct all spice taste.
Sundried Tomato Italiano Tikka lit up the taste buds with fresh herb flavors.
The best of the lot was the Spicy Thai Red Chicken Tikka, very controlled flavors utterly juicy, perfect.
Last but not the least was the American Smoked BBQ Wings. Good thing is that all of these can be had in paneer, chicken and prawn versions.
In mains they have 2 kind of options the traditional curries and the fusion options like – Butter Chicken Lasagna and Murg/Paneer Kalimiri Kebab Pie.
So for Veg we had the curries and in non veg we tried the fusion ones.
Mushroom Afgani Masala was best in the veg curries that we had, a brown rich curry made from fried onions and grilled mushrooms in it.
The Kacchi Dal is a must have as the people behind this place are from Kutch in Gujarat and they make this as per the recipe passed on through generations, very homely flavors without any extra richness.
Malai Paneer Nawabi is for those who like thick creamy curries. All 3 went very well with the Khameeri Ghee Rotu and Naan.
As part of the Non Veg fare we were served Lasagna that had Indian Butter Chicken layered in between the sheets, have extra curry with this one and with will be a cheesy butter chicken that you’ll not forget.
The Kalimiri Kebab Pie was a pie stuffed with diced kalimiri tikka served with a similar flavor curry that beautifully completed the dish making it a one portion meal.
Then we had a new and lighter version of a biryani – Chicken Kebab Pulao. Nice aroma of pulao served with a curry made with grilled chicken tikka, perfect to close the mains and enough to leave some much required space for desserts.
For desserts they have only 4 options so we ordered all of them. Good thing is none of them is a regular one that you can have at any other place.
The Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Oreo Pie is a must have for chocolate lovers, the name says it all on how gooey rich and flavorful it would be.
Those who like Indian sweets in desserts they have put together 3 most famous sweets in one – Motichoor Gulab Jamun Rabri Parfait, yes all three have been layered perfectly and the taste is well balanced among them.
Apple Pie Fritters served with ice cream, as they used green apple it had a sour and sweet taste. Banana Bites: Has a piece of banana with brownie and a marsh mellow on a stick, topped with caramelized sugar, nuts and chocolate. It’s like a smile on a stick.
It was a wonderful meal overall and we highly recommend this place for BBQ parties and dine in meals. The pricing is what will make you smile specially in times of demonetization, almost everything is below priced below Rs.200, appetizers range between Rs.145 – Rs.175, mains are Rs.125 – Rs.215, Indian breads Rs.15-30 and so on.
Overall Grillicious is a MUST visit place for anyone who loves Barbecues.
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