11 Reviews / 30 Ratings
Six Sauces Wish Grill Festival
Absolute Barbecues has organized a Wish Grill Festival showcasing six new sauces for use in their wish grill. Also they have introduced exquisite options for non vegetarians like Peking Duck and Jungle Red Fowl. The festival is on till 29th May.
We went on an evening and found the place crowded as usual. The good thing about AB is the extraordinary reception you get when you go there â the wait staff literally pampers you. I started with a Watermelon based mocktail. Thick and juicy, I like this concoction over there.
First, a quick visit to the wish grill to have a look at the sauces. I was already familiar with Tufani Indian. There were a set of Asian sauces â Thai Galangal, Asian Black Pepper and Hunan Sauce.
Apart from this there were Parsley Sauce, Mustard Sauce and something called AB Dancing sauce.
The exquisite meat items were lined up next to the Wish Grill. There was the Peking Duck, Jungle Red Fowl, quails and rabbit.
Being a Bengali and fond of mustard, I started with a grill of assorted seafood in mustard sauce. The mustard sauce was strong, flavorful and suited my palate. My next favorite was the Black Pepper Sauce which I tried with some Peking Duck. The Galangal or Thai ginger sauce was a pit pungent, but flavorful, radically different from any other. It suited the slightly fibrous Jungle Red Fowl well.
I am not fond of parsley, did not like the green Parsley sauce, though some of my friends found it good with fish.
After the wish grill it was time for the normal grill on the table. It was good as usual with an assortment of prawn, chicken and fish kababs as well as mushroom and paneer on the veg side. Spicy pineapple shavings were as usual good. We tried a new item, round scoops of watermelons in a spicy sauce grilled on skewers and they tasted great.
From the dinner buffet I liked the Sri Lankan Prawn Curry and the Rajasthani Doravat Chicken. I did not have much appetite after that, but could not afford to miss their signature dessert Indrani.
The new sauces in the Wish Grill are not to be missed. The special sauces festival is on till 29th May.
Crowdy, Noisy, Negligence of Chauffeurs
Had been to ABs on 21 April 2014 with family (of 4 people). I had heard and read about AB's a lot and taken my family members to jubilee hills AB's. After we reached there,
1. Car parking : 2 chauffeurs came running to take our 2 cars for Valet parking.
2. we had been to 4th floor via 2 lifts which were actually confusing with the configured floors they stop at
3. Waited for 5 minutes to occupy the table
4. Once we occupied, they have taken almost more than 15 min to get the barbecue and do all the setup
5. Finally our starters arrived.
Our long awaited period has been answered with superb and awesome variety and yummy starters
6. Wish grill : when it said 'wish', we expect it to be our own grill which will be served to us but in reality, we are allowed to choose our own base item like emu, quail, sea food, egg etc but the sauce will be insisted by the waiter there. If we ask for our own sauce, he says no sir...With this we use only this sauce. With some other item he says, we don't give rice with this and it went on...And finally we took HIS WISH GRILL.
7. Chicken biryani was just about average in taste, color, hygiene.
8. I liked butter naan and mutton curry.
9. Next comes, desserts which they served in large variety. Tasted almost everything except wish ice cream, assuming that however, its gonna be HIS WISH ICE CREAM rather than calling it our wish ice cream
10. Desserts were good and tasty. Loved the way, they have scooped watermelon and musk melon.
11. The crowd was too much and the ambiance very bright lights and noisy
12. The music was so very loud and disturbing. I dint like it, as it was high, crowd started talking loudly. So there was ABSOLUTE mess and there was no peace or good feel there
13. somehow we finished eating finally. Paid rs 150/- as tip to the waiter after paying the bill. To my utter astonishment, he rejected and handed over the money saying TIPS ARE NOT ACCEPTED SIR. I was so shocked to hear to that. But good discipline the waiters had. This was observed every time they served food, cleaning plates, attending to us, checking with us about the taste and food. Keep up guys.
14. While returning, we have given our slips for getting our cars near the wallet parking in down stairs. And trust me they took more than 45 minutes to get our 1st car, and another 15 minutes passed and our 2nd car dint come. Finally we had to go to parking area to inquire and found out the driver was unable to open the I10 car lock. This was so strange. They were not even responsible or concerned to listen to us, or give us acknowledgement or any answer regarding our car. We went inside and got our car and returned finally.
However, I would not like to give more than 3/5 rating for AB's. 3 is also given for waiters' discipline and starters.
Worst HYGIENE Standards
After listening much about ABS, thought of visiting but couldn't due to many reasons.Luckily I had to give a small treat for my friends.So visited with a group of 6 on 26th April for dinner. All are pure veg though.
Ambience: very noisy with crowd talking at their own pace
Starters: almost all starters are good. but to my bad luck we got an INSECT inside cauliflower starter.when I showed the same to the waiter they cleverly took it inside before I could take a snap of it.their answer is 'it even May happen at home' and sometimes it happens. only vegetables can contain insects not non veg. can u expect this answer from them? of course they tried in many ways to cheer me up by giving complementary drinks and desserts but nothing could change the impression they made.
wish grill: a unique concept but was too confused to have a good combination of ingredients.of course I cannot comment on it since its subjective.
Main course: tomato soup was good.curries were good.veg biryani was pathetic.
desserts: almost all are good including wish ice cream. but here comes the twist. again we found a piece of LIME STONE in the ice cream which might have broken from the stone base which they use to mix the wish dessert.
So friends the HYGIENE STANDARD they maintain are INSECTS IN STARTERS and STONES IN DESSERTS. This might not happen to 90% of people but please do CHECK BEFORE YOU EAT AND EAT AT OWN RISK.
I liked the live music and singing. It's lovely. I appreciate the singer/composer/dj . Excellent stuff from him
A New Twist to the Old Bar-be-cue Style
ABs Wish Grill is the new entrant in the bar-be-cue dining space in Hyderabad. Like any other Bar-be-Cure restaurant, it has a bar-be-cue menu (to be served on table in an oven) and buffet menu. What is different in this place is, they have a live counter where certain meats, eggs, vegetables and sauces are kept, and you can choose your ingredients which then the chef cooks into a starter. This concept was something new.
We went there on the day of Dusshera, for lunch. The interior was spacious and I guess 80 to 100 people can dine at a time. The waiters were friendly and helpful.
There were 5 types of veg and 5 types of non-veg items for bar-be-cue. Buffet also had adequate dishes. The only slight disappointment wasdesserts section did not have something in hot (there were gulab jamun and rasgulla, but they were pathetic).
Overall, its a place you should visit at least oncejust for the live counter experience.
Grill Lovers Paradise
Finally after a long delayed and over due visit, I happened to visit AB's with fellow foodies.
Having read oh so many reviews about this place, there is no point writing about the ambiance . So today I will write only about the food and perhaps the service.
After a collective decision to visit AB's , we decided it to be today...
Landed at 12 pm at Ab's, the place was starting to get occupied.
It being the sea food fest it is, there was obviously more number of sea food lovers.
because the rest of the junta wasn't yet in for lunch, we ordered our wish grill - which by then had already stacked up a pretty long line.
I took a all mix sea food except the lady fish in Dijon mustard and lemony sauce.
WE were seated near the buffet table opposite the dessert counter. As soon as everyone arrived, we had already began to eat.
Our server for the day was Arpan. Was very watchful and courteous and obliged to almost everything we asked.
Rahul Basu being a Bengali was conversing with him in - well, Bengali and i guess these guys do tend not to piss off a Bengali speaking brother.
Having realized this , we also coerced Rahul to request him to get some grilled crabs which he did after a while...The crab however were pretty small with real negligible meat in them.
The other starters that came to the table were the mutton gilafi kebab, tangdi kebab, Australian grilled fish, apart from the the prawn and chicken on the live grill.
I did like the chili oil spray that they have, something new to my eyes.
The famed cinnamon pineapple also made it presence felt , after a couple of servings, i did not fancy it any more.
While the wish grill was ok, it wasn't really a wow experience.
The complimentary virgin mojito was refreshing.
For the main course, i had butter chicken, eel and chicken biryani. All of them run of the mill.
The dessert section was very interesting. Indrayani, stone ice cream, fresh jalebi and angoori gulab jamun. All of them pretty good. I really loved the butterscotch with almonds and white chocolate. Did not taste of a cheap produce....
All in all it was a decent experience food wise, but the non intrusive yet watchful service and the company of fellow foodies made it all the more enjoyable.
While the grill might not be a very doable thing for folks with restless kids, I sort of don't fancy it any more. One more place off the list and many more to go !
Good one for a Hangout!
AB is undoubtedly a competitor with guts to Barbeque Nation. Very economical and the menu is better than any restaurant. I am not sure how many people would taste everything listed but the concept of Wish grill and customized deserts look cool.
I didn't go in a planned manner there. My wife told me that folks in her office are talking about AB and since we went to Bajaj showroom, thought why don't we give it a try...
First I didn't know how it's going to work and the waiter clarified that. We went for one veg and one non-veg order, their dinner included.
1) Unlimited Mongolian Grill.
2) 6 veg - 6 non veg grills. Chicken, Mutton, Prawn, fish, duck etc in non-veg
3) Regular buffet - salad, soup, decent curries, breads and rice.
4) Unlimited dessert corner - coldstone icecream and other desserts.
Drinks are also available but charged separately.
I don't think charging Rs 625/725 for veg/non-veg dinner can be called expensive given the varieties...
Food was really tasty and Mongolian grill was the highlight. I haven't seen it at any other place in India yet. Ambience and courtesy of staff are other factors I liked.
Loved the place and would definitely visit next time, may be with a bigger group...
We friends just saw the hoarding in Madhapur and decided to visit the place.
Actually we didn't know it was a dinner buffet and we clarified with the waiter also, but there was confusion regarding that and we didn't eat main course because of that. Hence we end up paying Rs 1800/- for 2 people.
I like this place very much but that confusion in the end regarding the buffet/a la carte worsened the experience.
The food is lip smacking and delicious and staff and ambiance are very good.
The desserts were not having much variety.
These all factors resulted in me, giving it a 3 star instead of 4.
The next AB of Food Industry!
A few years ago, the only option was Bar-b-Que Nation. There are plenty options nowadays and when we heard of this new joint offering the same thing in a new package, it was sparkles in our eyes as the price they were offering was comparatively less than other similar chains.
4 of us planned our visit on the occasion of Dussera as they were offering some special Bengali dishes in their menu. We were pretty late for it but the staff were too obliged to make us sit in comfortably. We were assigned a waiter for our table who walked us around and explained the concept of AB and their trademark Wish Grill. We were too eager to get started. Walked in to the Wish Grill and ordered whatsoever came in our mind. The chef suggested us some additions to make the dishes attractive. As the grills were being prepared the Bar-b-que was placed in the center of the table and starters were being served. Each and every starters, the fish, the chicken, the prawns, the mutton were extra succulent and juicy and gave us some melting moments. The grills were ready in the Wish chamber and they turned out exciting but a little difficult to understand the different variants we had ordered.
The most exciting starters were the roasted pineapple, the creamy potatoes and the juicy tangdi. We were hogging on the starters till we were almost full and thought it was the right time to stop or else we would miss the exciting buffet spread. We took a break of 10 mins as we sipped on our beverage and rushed in for the buffet as the clock was ticking past the closing lunch time. We scanned through buffet and took a portion each of almost everything for the taste.
Disappointment!!! The Bengali dishes were no close to even what is served in Bengali joints in Hyderabad. The other dishes were just fine. The only mention would be the mutton and the crab which tasted great. We slurped and moved on to desserts. Here comes another sweet punch with an option to have ice cream mixed on cold stone, however the options were less. The sweets were great too.
Being in close proximity to home and office, I am sure this will be a frequented joint for many. The concept overall gives a good feeling. I hope they maintain the standards and rise to the occasion to become the 'AB' of the food industry.
ABs Absolute Barbecues is the new competition to Barbecue Nation and other grills in Hyderabad. The swank new restaurant has opened in the Jubilee Hills Madhapur corridor.
Apart from the usual barbecue, a star attraction of this restaurant is the Mongolian Grill, which currently is not available in any of the other places in Hyderabad. I was eager to visit them, and when the foodies group Foodies In Hyderabad came up with an astounding offer of availing their Sunday lunch buffet at Rs 250 inclusive of taxes (as opposed to the normal price of around Rs 700), I literally jumped at it. It was not just a deal it was a steal.
The restaurant has a seating capacity of more than 100 people. It is well lit and well decorated. I was very excited about the wish grill concept, where you can rustle up the veggies and meat you want and get them prepared on the Mongolian grill with the sauce of your choice. So after a brief chat with my foodie friends I headed to the wish grill.
I started with an assortment of uncommon meat ducks, rabbit and quails in combination with chili garlic sauce and a choice of vegetables. The chefs were ready with their swords which they use to toss up the food on the round grill. What came out after their display of sabre rattling was a nice and spicy dish the meat was well cooked and it had drawn in the juice from the sauce.
I followed this up with a mix of seafood prawns, squid and fish this time in sambal olek (a red chili based sauce) with a little bit of fried rice thrown in. A great fan of the South East Asian sauces as well as seafood, this was the perfect dish for me. Some of my friends who tried this from me, also lauded the preparation.
The beauty of the wish grill is that after the first try with a particular sauce and your chosen ingredients, you can decide to modify the next recipe, as per your taste. I wanted to try a milder version of the chili garlic grill, so had a second round this time asking them to put a little less sauce and seafood instead of meat. The result was a delicious dish (and a customized recipe for myself which I will try on my next visit there). My suggestion to people planning to visit here, is to first prepare a smaller amount first for your tasting, and then based on your preferences and feedback from your palate, modify the ingredients and prepare a larger grill.
After my adventures with the wish grill, I settled down for the barbecue. I ended up trying most of the items served on the table grill my personal favorite was the barbecued mushroom. The chili garlic prawns were also delicious. The tangri chicken was good and gilafi seekh were up to the mark and the chicken wings were too spicy. What I also loved were the shavings from a pineapple on a skewer served on the table.
So much of food already, and my tummy was telling me I was no longer well equipped to try out the main courses. But my greed got better of me, and I tried a little of each non-veg dish in the main course. The Sri Lankan Crab curry was spicy and went well with the naans. The Laal Maans had a decent taste, but it was not not fiery and spicy as I had during my frequent visits to Rajasthan the last few years. The Fish curry Mangalorean style looked good to go with rice, so I just tried a small piece of the fish and it was not great in taste.
They also did have a huge range of dessert including ghewar and baklava. But frankly, I was in no condition to try them all. Tried Indrani, a milky rasmalai with pomegranate and other fruit pieces which seems to be a house favorite.
Finally the service was amazing. There were more than 80 foodaholics in the house, but the waiters did a phenomenal job. We were pampered badly, and they kept on repeating each item till we asked them to relent. A young lad, Abhisek who was handling my table really took good care of us.
Wish Mr Prosenjit Roychoudhury and his new place the best. A must visit at least for the wish grill!