The latest to join the bbq bandwagon is Ohri’s Sahib’s Barbeque, but with a unique local twist – Hyderabadi Dawat Har Roz!
So what this means is you don’t have to wait for that time of the year to savour certain Hyderabadi favourites or go on an expedition to the Old City. It’s all here, right next door in Hitech City. Salt to Taste was among the select few who got to preview it before Sahib’s opened to the public last week.
There’s a Maha Cool Sherbet to start with, which true to its name is maha cool! That’s followed by Ghosht Marag with Khameeri Naan, entrees of Lukhmi, Shikampuri Kebabs, Bheja Fry, Aloo Matar Tikki, Lucknowi Tawa Fish, Tangri Sikandari and Taulia Naan etc
Special mention of the presentation of the Tangri Sikandari brought out on a sword- shaped skewer complete with a burning fire and the Taulia Naan on a taulia rack! The fanfare with which these two dishes make their way to your table are definite conversation pieces.
The over-the-table DIY live bbq embedded in the tables are unique with their javithri & elaichi infused ghee for basting your meats and vegetarian grilled starters. There’s the usual suspects of chicken, lamb, prawns, paneer and mushroom grills, but the grilled broccoli was what stood out for me. But then I’m partial to greens… Also liked the unique accompanying dips of achari aam, garlic yoghurt and mint.
And this was just the trailer. Picture abhi baaki hai mere dost! Head to the main course buffet which includes eternal Hyderabadi and Mughlai favourites – Hyderabadi Murgh Dum Biryani, Haleem, and more along with an equally comprehensive spread of ghaas phoos. I was too distracted by the haleem to register the names of all the dishes. My bad.
And then there’s the best for last. Desserts! Double ka Meetha, Khubani ka Meetha, Puran Poli and the absolute smokin’ piece de resistance – Jauzi Halwa smoked with oak wood chips. This is indeed THE grand finale of Sahib’s barbeque.
Oh I forgot! There’s another cool twist in the sugar-rush trail. Thandi ice cream. Between the unique flavours of paan, shehed, semiya and thandi, the latter is a must try. Why? Because the flavour rhymes with the English equivalent of thandi. Go figure. All at a total paisa vasool price of Rs699 AI.
Wah Sahib’s! Kya Kamaal Hai!