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Review : Barbeque Nation, Jaipur

Screen Shot 2013-01-23 at 2.44.53 PMIts been almost 4 years since Barbeque Nation started its operations in Jaipur. A restaurant that started with the innovative concept of Live grill for the first time in India, took some time to find its bearing in Jaipur. The concept of unlimited veg and non-veg starters, lavish buffet with salads and deserts was indeed a new one for Jaipur. It took Jaipurites some time to shower their appreciation to Barbeque Nation but today it is one of the most preferred destination in Pink City.

IMG_4889We at Jaipur Beat decided to visit the place on Tuesday to avoid rush. We arrived at 8.15 PM and was lucky enough to get a table ( we were eight pax). The restaurant was almost 80% full which was quite surprising for a Tuesday. Barbeque Nation started with a concept of free welcome drink in Jaipur that included Beer as well. This scheme was then discontinued on weekends and was valid only on weekdays (Monday to Thrusday). We were told that the scheme is withdrawn totally for alchoholic drinks now, clear indication the restaurant is doing well even with out it.

Interior of the place is soothing giving a touch of European country style that blends well for savoring hot barbeques.

The live grill was set up and the choice varied from Chicken to prawns in Non-veg and for vegetarians, it offered grilled potato, mushroom, pinapple, Malai tikka, soya patties, panner and crispy corns. I must say that Veg starters were really delicious.

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The preparation for the Non-veg starters was mix bag with chicken legs, seekh kebabs and prawns being cooked well. However the garlic chicken and fish was disappointing. There was definite gap in the service of these starters and at one time we have to wait for 5-7 minutes for refill. Ordering an alcoholic drink was also not so easy. At the higher end Jack Daniels was not available and at lower end Old Monk was not available. Both were mentioned in their Menu.

The main course had lots of option. On Veg they served Maa Ki Daal (most ordinary), Ker Sangri with gravy, Manchurian, loki ke kofte along with option for chinese which had veg fried rice and mix veg noodles (very good) and in non-veg they had Hyderabadi Rogan Josh, Chicken Vandaloo and Chilly fish. They also had mutton biryani.IMG_4899 The Rogan Josh was quite disappointing with too much gravy and taste which was flat. First time we experienced a bad mutton preparation at Barbeque Nation. Chicken Vandaloo was quite delicious. Apart from the taste, the look of dish was also encouraging. The wait for breads (Roti) was for around 5-6 minutes in between. By this time (around 9.30 pm) entire restaurant was packed and people were waiting outside to get in.

The highlight of the evening were definitely the desserts. From fresh fruits to cakes to phirni they had all the options. Also served was Vanilla ice-cream, Daal ka halwa and gulab Jamun.

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All in all it was a rather disappointing experience as we were expecting the same kind of service as experienced during our previous visits. If one truly wants to enjoy the food, and starters is his choice, my suggestion is not to hold much for main course just stick with the starters which are best out here. The experience of Live Grill is very unique and interesting and one must experience it once.

Overall Rating:

  • Ambiance : 5/5
  • Food : 3.5/5
  • Concept : 5/5
  • Service : 3/5
  • Value for money : 3/5

Gaurav Hajela for JB

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The Bhajiya Awards 2012

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Wherever we look, there is at least one award show happening around us. From big magazines to TV channels to newspapers,every one is coming out with their own awards. Not to be left behind, Jaipur Beat decided to have their own awards called “The Bhajiya award”. As a common man is unable to witness these grand award functions, Bhajiya reflects the choice and verdict of a common man. The Bhajiya Awards will be declared every year.

So ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for “THE BHAJIYA AWARDS” by Jaipur Beat

The match fixing award with no result

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Ugly aur Pagli Award

Jodi Breakers

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Shaadi ke side effects award

Rietesh and Genelia in Tere Naal love ho gaya

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Thomas Cook award

London Paris New York

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Main Bhi James Bond Award

Agent Vinod

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Introducing potential industry’s award 

Vicky Donor

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Gay moment of the year

Abhishek Bachchan : Bol Bachchan

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Wild life awareness award

Ek Tha Tiger

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Father of a bride award

Saif Ali Khan for Cocktail

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Tragedy of the year

Joker

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The most authentic college award

College : SOTY

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Kachue ki Raftaar award

Tezz

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I hate love story award

Teri Meri Kahaani

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The original Jism award

Bipasha : Raaz 3

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KLPD for audience award

Kismat Love paisa Dilli

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Revital for me award

Shahrukh Khan : Jab Tak hai Jaan

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Every (BODY) loves me award

Sunny Leone

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Despite the tough competition,the winners stood out fair and square. This is what a few winners had to say after winning the award :

Saif Ali Khan : I am so overwhelmed to get two Bhajiya awards this year. Getting “father of the bride” award was not so great as I am really fond of loving girls half my age off screen too. However, what was special was beating Khiladi Akshay for Main bhi Bond award. In fact I could notice SkyFall copied a lot of scenes from my movie.

Abhishek Bachchan : Wow !! getting Gay moment award for the year is always so special with a lot of competition growing inside the industry. I must say, having done “Dostana” with John earlier did help. Also the character in this movie was very close to my real life.

Bipasha Basu : I don’t know what is the hue and cry about me doing Raaz 3. See this is India and Indians still prefer dark body and these Sunny Leones will not survive. It was my Jism that helped her get Jism 2. I have been consistently exposing in this industry from last so many years and am really happy to have finally been recognised with this award.

Shahrukh Khan : It is simply so great to get another award. I wanted to show the world that when it comes to playing a guitar, Ranbir is still a baccha in front me. I can carry these roles for another 15 years, moreover, I always get two actresses in a movie.

Note : Contents of this post are a work of fiction. Readers are advised not to confuse it as genuine and true. All characters in this post-–even those based on real people–-are entirely fictional.

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Jaipur : 285 Years and many more ….

Proud to be known for my work as a Photographer. I am equally privileged that it was Jaipur where I honed my skill as a Photographer. Here is a tribute to my favorite city through my lens…

Panoramic view of Badi Chaupar (4 pictures stitched together)

BADI CHAUPAR –  It’s a square that occurs at the intersection of east west roads with three north south roads. Each Badi and Choti chaupar are  around 100m x 100m. They were used for public gathering on festive occasions. The width of the square chaupars was three times that of the main street.

The lampposts running through the center of Johari Bazaar, Jaipur depicts an image of the rising sun, a common symbol of the rulers.You can not miss the Pigeon sitting on them 🙂

Hawa Mahal (हवा महल or  “Palace of Winds”), is a palace in Jaipur at Badi Chaupar. It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. Its unique five-storey exterior is also akin to the honeycomb of the beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokas.

An old gate inside the walled city. JMC (Jaipur Municipal Corporation) has stamped it in the year 1948.

Beautiful stone carved Elephant at Roop Chatrubhuj temple at Choti Chaupar

Isar Lat or Sargasuli is known as the tower to heaven. It is situated near the Tripolia gate in the capital city of Rajasthan. It was built by Sawai Ishwari Singh in 1749 to commemorate a grand battle victory.

Stepwells, also called bawdi (बावड़ी) inside Panna Meena Kunda near Amber in Jaipur.

Puppets for sale inside the walled city of Jaipur

Painted Elephants during Elephant Festival that is held every year in Feb/March

Maharaja High School at Badi Chaupar, Jaipur. Probably one of the oldest school of Jaipur

Johari Bazaar, the jeweler’s market of the city.

Boat ride to re-discover Jal Mahal which is likely to be constructed by Sawai Jai Singh II around 1734.

A beautiful Chatri at Badi Chaupar, one of the hidden treasure of Jaipur

Jaipur’s walled city was one of the most well planned city. The rules are still quite strict and generally followed.

Rays of hope on a winter morning at Kulish Smriti Van, Jaipur

Domestic and Foreign travellers rubbing shoulders to witness Elephant Festival which is held every year a day prior to Holi

Few of the 953 small jharokha (Windows) of Hawa Mahal Jaipur

Darbar Hall of Hotel Diggi Palace during Jaipur Literature Festival, perfect fusion of heritage, literature and glamor.

Choti Maharani ka Nauhara at Gangauri Bazaar, Jaipur. You can’t miss the Pink here 🙂

Restored Jal Mahal at night, Jaipur

Mandana painting at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. This is a traditional painting which is done on the houses in village.

Pink all the way. Although there are many theories floating around as to why Jaipur was painted Pink, the most accepted one is that pink is the traditional color of hospitality, and the city was freshly painted and paved with pink gravel to warmly welcome Edward VII for his visit here in 1876.

Jaipur : a perfect blend of all activities

Goddess of Teej during Teej Festival

Jal Mahal at night, Jaipur

Folk artist performing Fire trick at a festival

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur another perspective

Jaipur is all about splashing colours.

Vivid Colours of Jaipur, painted Elephant legs during Elephant Festival

The heritage town is now a technologically developed city. A board during JLF where visitors can download festival schedule on their mobile. There are number of wifi zones available for travellers.

This is Phase -I of the blog. This is scheduled to be updated and eventually will be available as an app on Android and iOS. Keep following this space.

Gaurav Hajela (gaurav@pathfynder.in)

Jaipur Beat

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Times Food Awards : Jaipur

Known as the “Food Oscars”, the Times Food Award was organized at Le Meridien on 10th December at Jaipur. The first awards function also coincided with the launch of Times Food Guide. This comprehensive food guide is well compiled and written by famous food writer Dharamendra Kanwar.

TV and movies star who mistook the handy food guide with a chocolate bar , Aman Verma, launched the food guide. The event had all the who’s who of jaipur as guests.

The awards were given by leading personalities such as Aakash Chopra, Asha Pande, Col Garcha etc

The host of the show kept the guests in good spirits with his internet jokes and spontaneity.

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Although all the stalwarts of Jaipur food industry were awarded, it was good to see some new entrants such as Marriott and Mocha getting recognized.

The best part was the food counters of all these award winners offering huge culinary choices to the guest.

The final List of awards was :

North Indian : Peshawari, Rajputana Sheraton and Handi

South Indian : Sankalp

Rajasthani : Jal Mahal, Rajputana Sheraton and Sangri, Chokhi Dhani

Chinese : Dragon House, Country Inn and Niros

Italian : Little Italy and Okra, Jaipur Marriott

Continental : Copper Chimney and Marble Arch, Taj Jal Mahal

Coffee Bars : Mocha

All Day Dining : Chandravanshi Pavilion, Rajputana Sheraton

Bakery : Jaipur Baking Company, Jaipur Marriott and Bake Hut

Mithai : LMD Mithai Shop

Multicuisine : Jal Mahal and Niros