Well, it's not only because it was Valentine's day. After all, u expect a lot from your boyfriend, and the chef wasn't mine.
But a big door with wrought-iron and dim lights inside somehow inspire the hope it should be something better than a street eatery. And "kababs" usually have good connotation in my (sure, urs, too) mind.Plus i am a fan of BBQ Nation.
So after 2 hours of squeezing through crazy valentined crowd in SC Mall, me and my hubby decided to call it a good day and hit on kababs. We opted for dinner buffet at Flame and Grill. Man, the food court- forget it, even the street stalls across the road would have been better.
1st thing, they kept everyone waiting in front of the closed door-even after the claimed opening time, and even then guests were ushered one by one, according to reservation journal (I am not sure, because we didnt have any, and still got inside)- while the rest besieged the counter like a herd of insane sheep (would sheep eat kababs? lol :) Veg maybe - but not here)
After 10 minutes of struggle we were finally seated. The ambience is good but hell, interior exhibition was last month in Netaji Stadium, to restaurants i go for food, and then for looks.
They started serving kebabs shortly, though not on the grill with an array of choice (grills were fetched 10 mins later), but offering 1st a skewer of prawn, then chicken, then whetever else kebab..Even when they brought the grill, still 1-2 kinds of kebabs (non-veg only, as we opted for that) would be brought and kept. That's so different from BBQ Nation, where you get choice of 10! (5 VEG, 5 NON-VEG) unlimited kebabs, that with lip-smacking polishes and sauces. I loved BBQN mango marinade.( Here u get meager tomato/pudina sauce plus oil for brushing on the meat.I am spoilt for choice)
Only prawns were good- more or less juicy, the rest- 2 kinds of chicken especially- was so full of masala and so juice-less...could have as well gone to my bathroom and chewed my shower sponge.
In the middle of dry kebab part we had to order for something to drink - mind you, they do not provide complimentary drinks, so what if other idiots have it as normal practice! Of the 2 chilled Kingfisher beers we asked for, 1 was tepid, i'd say warm. Why- nobody could answer. They offered "Tiger" can as substitute- we did not have the drinks menu at hand then - and only while paying the bill we found out it was priced at modest 200 something bucks. Tiger beer! I did not drink it even during my school days! Its donkey's pee, not beer? and i had to pay half of the buffet price for it! Still getting hiccups.
After kebabs we checked out the buffet spread.
It was even worse,not disastrous, but the food lacking flavor, -nothing worth being served in a restaurant in one of the best city's malls. The only thing good was chocolate ice-cream, and that cuz not made by them, i guess. To reward myself, i emptied half of the bowl of roasted cashews into my ice-cream plate.
The bill for 2 came up to some 1200 or extra, that with 2 beers and taxes. My 1st and last time there- and just to think, i love kebabs so much, i live in South City, and i have to face these food perverts all the time.