We all know us Brits love a curry, but why do the curry houses all seem to serve the same old bog standard Chicken Tikka Masala, Saag Aloo and Bombay Potatoes, washed down with a Cobra beer?
It’s not every day you’re wowed, however on this occasion, we were suitably impressed! Bombay Brasserie is not just any Indian restaurant, it’s a star find. At last we got a true taste of proper Indian food!
It’s just undergone an extensive refurbishment. On arrival you are transported from the hustle and bustle of the high street into sophisticated India. The Bombay Bar for pre-dinner drinks is a highlight with every kind of whiskey and gin bottles glistening from the shelves. We opted for Tamaringer, a Chilli and Ginger drink that tastes like cola bottle sweets and a Pure Passion cocktail. You can sink into the luxury sofas by the fire, sample the Bombay tapas and soak up the fascinating pictures of the Raj.
The delectable dishes to look out for include Palak patta chaat. Forget the normal round onion bhajis and try their signature ones instead. Crispy fried spinach with onion, yoghurt, tamarind chutney and pomegranate.
Try the Patrani Macchi, lemon sole steamed in a banana leaf with coriander, chilli and coconut. This dish is so delicate is best to have this before anything else.
The main that made everyone laugh was Salli Boti (I know we are sad and Seraj our delightful waiter was very patient!). This was a lamb dish with apricot, jaggery, tomato and straw potatoes.
The menu features a wide variety of cooking techniques, from slow-cooked curries to grills and kebabs as well as tandooris from the clay oven. Take your pick of Chilean Sea Bass. Black Tiger Prawns, Smoked Aubergine to Venison Roast.
The lovely thing about their menu is the attention to detail and ensuring all the meats and fish are ethically sourced. Only the finest ingredients are used – this certainly makes for better flavours which beat any other Indian food we’ve ever eaten.
And what about the puddings? We sampled a selection of home made puddings from Banana Cake, Mango and Fig Ice cream to little chocolate cakes. After a banquet of food, there was still room to try rounding off a truly wonderful experience.
Every weekend, the Bombay Brasserie hosts a Brunch Buffet in its conservatory from midday to 15.30 for the whole family, with a Live Chaat Counter serving Paani Puri and Bhel and a choice of other dishes from a regularly changing buffet menu.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7370 4040
Bombay Brasserie, London
Opposite Gloucester Road Tube
[District/Circle and Piccadilly Lines]
London SW7 4QH