The sois of Upper Silom are filled with Indian and Pakistani restaurants of varying repute. BBQ Delight is one of the more interesting establishments. Situated across the road from a Vietnamese restaurant named Delight Kitchen, this otherwise nondescript shop-house beckons you in with its heavily-manned, open-air grill out front.
Inside has seen better days, especially the well-pawed menus, but there’s plenty of charm—if you can avert your gaze from the TV which, on our last visit, flitted between Bollywood-inspired mobile phone ads and Imran Khan speeches.
This halal restaurant, also known as Haider Bhai, has been around in some form or another since the early 2000s and specializes in Pakistani barbecue and curry dishes. The gregarious owner is forthcoming with his recommendations from the menu, which is handy since we’ve found they often run out of certain dishes (last time there was no beef seekh kebab, B220, or desserts).
Minor quibbles aside, this is some darn good grilled meat. If you can get beyond the mutant coloring, the green tikka boti (B160) is juicy and beautifully charred, no doubt the work of barbecue experts. The mughlai mutton chops (B200), too, are well marinated, packing a surprising creamy flavor.
The curries and sides tend to be less exciting (veggie options like the dal chana, B60, can be quite oily, the off-color side salad not particularly appetizing). The mutton masala (B150) is a big exception, though. While the meat’s a bit ropey, the tomato-based sauce is full of spicy depth and has us all but licking the bowl.
Elsewhere there are textures unfamiliar to casual Indian diners, as in the beef nihari (B100), which comes in a viscous, gravylike sauce that’s rather too buttery, though the slow-cooked beef is remarkably tender. The curries do go pretty light on the protein, but at these prices we’re not really complaining.
Special mention must go to the naan, prepared in a hole-in-the-wall tandoor out front, which is pillow-soft and really some of the best we’ve tried in town. Our pick is the garlic butter option (B80). The sweet lassi (B40) and masala tea (B20) also hit the spot—and, again, those prices!
If you’re after no-fuss meat grilled over an open flame, BBQ Delight is the spot. To snag a table, get there before 9pm, when the place really starts to fill out with South Asian families.
This review took place in May 2015 and is based on a visit to the restaurant without the restaurant's knowledge. For more on BK's review policy, click here.