The Kabab Studio, Bengaluru

By , April 2, 2016, In Bangalore
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Review by Akshaya R Pai & Vinayak Kini – Official Team Members, The 3 Hungry Men – Bangalore

Photo by Tejovanth N, Official Photographer, The 3 Hungry Men – Bangalore

The Kabab Studio is the live Barbecue Restaurant at Goldfinch, just off Race Course Road.  It’s been around for many years now, but has been recently refurbished, with swanky new interiors and a new and improved grill/buffet menu along with funky drinks as well.  

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Team T3HM turned up here on a sunny Saturday Afternoon to sample the fare on offer. Reservations and seating was a breeze, and we managed to find a seat by the window on the (air conditioned) terrace.  They do have outdoor seating as well, which provides a very beautiful view of Bangalore, especially at night.

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The welcome drink they serve is a special thick Lassi. Very delicious.  They have quite a few speciality Cocktails.  With dry ice in the glasses presented, they give you a magical, smoky feel.  Some of the drinks we had were Aakhri Chai(The Last Tea), Mary Teri (Inside-out Bloody Mary), Tedhi Medhi Martini and Pinacolada.  A twist on the regular Cocktails, they provide quite a visual appeal and were refreshing delight for the hot weather!

The grills on offer for the day were Nimbu Macchi Tikka, Kalonji Murgh Tikka, Tangdi Kabab and the Mutton Seekh Kabab in Non-Vegetarian, while the veggie selection included Multani Kumbh(Mushrooms), Baby Corn and Paneer (in multiple marinades) and Grilled pineapple.

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The fish being the taste-neutral Basa, a lot of the impact of the dish depends on the marinate it comes with, and this one with the minty and lemony flavor was very good.  The Chicken Tikka was well done, and you could see the Malai dripping off the Kabab while it was placed on the grill.  The Tangdi Kebab and the Mutton Seekh Kabab, were been-there-done-that types.   Ironically enough, the starter that stood out wasn’t anything to do with Kebabs. The deep fried Minced chicken patties were quite spectacular, and the six dips provided on the side made them all the more palatable.

Coming to the vegetarian side of things, this was the best Paneer we have tasted in some time. And we’re not talking marinades here. The real, actual Paneer itself was so soft and yummy. The grilled pineapple was quite tasty as well. The baby-corn although tasty was your run-of-the-mill fare.

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For the main course, they have Buffet counter and live counters for chaat and desserts.  The chaats are well done and very tasty.  The buffet counter very nicely distinguishes veg and non-veg dishes by placing them in green and red pots respectively.  For soup they had Palak and Chicken Shorba.  Both low on sodium but high on taste.  They offer variety of salads as well.  For the main course, they offer a multi-cuisine fare, consisting of dishes like Veg Pasta, Veg Noodles, Mutton Biryani etc.

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Among the Indian delights, they served Methi Palak Chicken, Andhra Fish Curry(Basa again) and Lauki Gosht.  The Mutton curry had a very homely taste to it.  On the vegetarian front, they had usual Paneer Curry, Mix Veg Curry, Chole, Dal Makhni.  Among the curries it was the Ginger Chicken, which made an impact.  The dish was fresh tasting and not your typical covered in various sauces type Desi-Chinese dish.  They serve variety of Indian Breads, but the best one was the Stuffed Aloo Kulcha which is a must have among all the breads!

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After the meal, we hit the dessert counter, where the genial chap manning the counter made a kheema of the ice cream we asked for and put in some brownies, nuts and other paraphernalia into the mix and served us, what was finally something very similar to a Chocolate Dad of Ideal/Pabbas fame.  Apart from Ice cream choices, they have Pudding, Halwa, Jamun, Sweet Curd and various mini pastries as well.

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One drawback, it being a weekend buffet lunch they did not have prawns/crabs on the menu.  Basically no other seafood apart from Basa.  They serve prawns at dinner, so if you’re a Prawn lover like we are, then you’d be better off heading there for dinner.

Overall, it was a mixed experience. Some dishes really hit the spot, some were ordinary.  Price wise, the damages work out to 850 INR for lunch and close to 1000 INR for dinner and for a city like Bangalore that’s really amazing.  The service was great and the cocktails were fun.

There’s a surfeit of Buffet/Barbecue restaurants in Bangalore now. The Kabab Studio is a nice addition to it after it’s renovation, as evidenced by the almost-full restaurant.

Location : Inside Goldfinch Hotel, 32/3, Crescent Road, High Grounds, Off Race Course Road,, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001 | Call : 080 4129 1300

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