AB's Absolute Barbecues, Media City

by Jannat & Pawan Manghnani on December 28th, 2016


Absolutely barbecues, better known as AB’s is a casual dining restaurant that is set to transform the dining experience to a new level with its innovative D-I-Y grilling concept. Following the runaway success of the concept in India, AB’s forayed into international market with the launch of its flagship outlet on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, UAE in December 2014 to the delight of the food lovers. 


Placed at a prime location on SZR, Absolute Barbeque has definitely gathered some views and intrigue by passersby. We made our way there on a Friday afternoon were not surprised to see the outcome of people! It is quite a spacious joint with different kinds of seating available throughout. As you enter it is very family oriented and sofas and as you get inside, it is the more crowded-large group in front of the buffet area! It can definitely capacitate 100 people at once and I think they are amazing to hold celebrations with.


Friday brunch was done right by us heading over here and being able to enjoy this vast ordeal that is a buffet! The options are relentless and the food itself does not seem to cease. There is this constant inflow of food at the buffet table and then your plates eventually! There was also a live station with various vegetables and meats and seafood that they would prepare for you per order, that combined with a chaat station.



The live grills included marinated and semi cooked chicken, lamb, and shrimps, and the vegetarian dishes included paneer, soya, mushrooms and of course potatoes. The process was a simple as grilling the already skewered items a bit further and they were ready for consumption. The best thing is they are unlimited, so it is possible you do not even make it to the main course. Another addition is the crispy corn that is served intermittently. One of the best dishes there and unmissable for sure.

The main course is a buffet set up, where you are urged to finally get up from your seats and fill up your plates. The varieties are excellent and the vegetarian and the non-vegetarian food is placed in separate sections. The vegetarian side included dishes like soya biryani, kofta curry, dum aloo sabzi. pasta and paneer sabzi along with an in-house special dal. The biryani was definitely one of a kind and the kofta curry was exactly how we like it, not extra sweet for sure. 
The non-vegetarian main course included butter chicken, egg curry, noodles, chicken and mutton biryani and mussels in hot garlic sauce. We did not try the seafood but the egg curry was excellent and the mutton biryani was very close to an authentic one surprisingly! We just nibbled on the food as it was really hard to eat a full meal after ALL of those starters, 
Below are some of the highlights:
Paapdi Chaat:

Sweet, sour and crunchy, this freshly made portion was all that we needed to commence our meal here. The portion seemed small since we were hungry but it is also unlimited, so no remorse! 
Chicken Wings:

Indian style chicken wings gave it that additional oomph factor and also provided some serious spice to the consumers. Available through the buffet table, of seemed as one of the most sought out dishes that afternoon! The dish was unusual and definitely worth drooling. 
Stir Fried Shrimps:

One of the live counter creations, this one was freshly made and served to us on the table, prepared in an Asian fashion, it was accompanied by shallots and peppers and was tossed in soy and vinegar amongst other components! It was definitely one of my favourites of that day which is saying a lot.  
Fish Chilly:

To our surprise, the chef came in lugging this big-ish BBQ stand with him that was filled with his fresh prepared fish chilly creation. He wanted to acknowledge his presence amongst the guests and hence I think he went about say a gentle hello while serving the dish himself. The fish itself was extremely we cooked and so deliciously spiced that we wanted a round 2 instantly! 
Vegetarian BBQ:

To my utmost delight, there were more things for the vegetarians that we could have imagined. They had interesting options like a barbecued watermelon scoop that genuinely blew my mind and also a barbecued pineapple topped with a honey cinnamon rum which apparently is their specialty and is also served as a palate cleanser!  
Besides, there was a regular spread of broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, corn and paneer!


Chocolate Fondue:

A personal favorite, it was refreshing to see a massive chocolate fondue at an Indian buffet after so long. The accompanying items included marshmallows, nuts, fruits and pieces of brownies amongst a few others! The chocolate was glistening smooth and tasted absolutely amazing!  
Baby Gulab Jamuns:

Not only did they look super cute but they tasted exceptional despite being mass produced. I and my wife must have taken multiple servings of these just to satisfy our sweet tooth! Totally worth the wait.
Everything Else:

OF  course, since it's a buffet, it had so many things like a chocolate pastry, chocolate balls, rice pudding and jalebi which were all beyond edible. They were actually tasty! They also had a vegetarian section for eggless desserts which I am sure would go a long way with Indian population! 
Paan Icecream:

We were honestly stuffed by now and did not want even look at more dishes, but the staff insisted that we try this special creation and we are so glad that we did. It was basically vanilla ice cream with paan components and topped with some sugared vermicelli! It was not only refreshing but it pulled us out of an afternoon slump and I think we must have finished it completely! A must try for sure. 


​Interiors –

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Service & Hospitality –

Quality & Taste of Food –

Cost –
About AED75-100 Per PAX

Cuisine –
Indian, Continental

Phone –

Address –
​Shop G05, Sidra Tower, Near GEMS Wellington School, Exit 36, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Media City, Dubai


Absolute Barbeque is a one stop restaurant to satisfy all your culinary needs! Their wide variety will leave you lost for choice without even burning a hole in the pocket. The service is amazing and you will be well taken care of! the food is fresh since you are further cooking it at your own table. The place is huge enough to accommodate a lot of people but it is still better to make a reservation beforehand! Definitely make your way there and make sure you go with an appetite. 

Power Couple & Lifestyle Bloggers Jannat Manghnani (@PriyankaVidhani) & Pawan Manghnani (@AyaashPaw) love food. It's the only thing they eat. They embark on a unique adventure every evening trying to break free from the routine while soaking in a new experience, well detailed into blogs so friends & family can benefit from them. Read about the entire experience by checking out their various blogs. Remember, A drop of ink may make a million think.

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