The first thing that strikes you upon venturing into the Barbeque Nights at The Square, Novotel – is the sheer variety that is on display. While the essence of eating on the grill is maintained perfectly, there is plenty to choose from in the main course, as well as desserts, for the diners. The menu has South Asian food, with dishes from Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. A wide range of Asian grills and barbeque are prepared at the kitchen, which perfectly complements your taste buds.
To start of with, the chicken Teriyaki from Japan is the perfect barbeque dish and is soft and savoury with a tinge of spice. There are several classic barbeque dishes like murg ki parchey and tawa phaldai chat, which is crunchy, yet delicious. However, the best dish on the grill is undoubtedly the chipotle prawns which are cooked beautifully and bring out the perfect flavour and balance of spices. If you are going for an evening of barbeque, this is one dish you cannot miss. Vegetarians will not be disappointed as the paneer dishes are the best. Soft and creamy, the paneer almost melts in your mouth and it also has a tinge of lemon which further adds to the overall appeal of the dish.
Make sure you do not binge too much on the grill to ensure you have enough space for the main course, which you simply cannot miss. There are the classic Indian dishes, such as dal makhani, chicken curry and the Hyderabadi biryani which are spot on as usual. But what is most impressive about the main course is the that it has a fascinating variety of Asian dishes, which are utterly delectable. Chinese noodles are made live on the counter, which adds a street-food like experience. It is soft, succulent and spicy and is a treat for Chinese food lovers.
The most memorable aspect of the spread is Thai chicken made in coconut milk, which has an impeccable balance between sweet and savoury and is surely the highlight of the course. Chinese and South Asian dishes are most recommended as the Indian dishes are pretty standard, and have nothing new to offer.
Throughout the course of your meal, bear in mind that you have to save some space for desserts as well. From brownies to pastries to traditional Indian sweets like rasgulla, gajar ka halwa and kheer, there is something for everybody. The best dish in the dessert section is the fried banana soaked in chocolate syrup. It is served hot and as you bite into it, you will get a soft and sweet taste of the banana and yet a crunchy, savoury taste. If you are a dessert fan, you simply must try this out.
Ambience is one of the key features of a barbeque night and the Square doesn’t disappoint by any stretch of imagination. I would recommend sitting outdoors, as you can feel a light breeze and also a warm glow oozing out from the grill.
Last but not the least, any barbeque is incomplete without a chilled beer in hand, so make sure you keep your glass full each time, and enjoy an unforgettable culinary journey.
Every Saturday at The Square, Novotel from 6:30 to 11 pm.