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As it enters its 35th year, the Bombay Brasserie is as popular as ever, maintaining its status by virtue of impeccable service and stately, modern interiors – complete with a sleek bar area, a “breathtakingly beautiful” chandelier, a resident pianist and a plant-filled conservatory that channels the spirit of a Raj-era Indian. However, its real selling point is the kitchen’s evergreen ability to transfer Mumbai melting-pot cuisine to a fine-dining setting in London. The signature palak patta chaat (a creamy, tangy, crunchy bowl of crispy fried spinach, yoghurt, date and tamarind chutney) is still peerless, gently spiced seekh kebabs are masterfully cooked in the tandoor oven, and Keralan halibut curry is a wonderful homage to the region’s sublime seafood. To finish, cool off with an “intensely flavoured” mango and kulfi or nibble on the caramel brittle (chikki). Just add “unique and delicious cocktails” for a “wonderful evening out”.
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Mon 5.30-11pm Tue-Fri 12N-2.30pm 5.30-11pm Sat-Sun 12N-3.30pm 6-11pm (Sun 6.30-10.30pm)
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Food + drink: 4
When you enter you walk into an impressive, sleek bar area with a warm glowing fire and pictures adorning the walls with Maharajahs and Maharinis as well as other notable people. As you walk through the saloon doors, you are greeted by an breathtakingly beautiful chandelier and main dining room with its own resident pianist – who was amazing to listen to! We then were guided into their conservatory for brunch. Loved the relaxed, bright airy feel and decor in the conservatory! We kicked off proceedings with a visit to the chaat stand – Bombay Brasserie’s take on the street food stalls in India serving quick bite-sized snacks. I had the full selection of: bhel puri, coconut prawns, pani puri with vegetable pakora and a tandoor cooked chicken in a dill marinade – a very colourful, and tasty, start to my brunch experience. We especially loved the coriander and cumin crust on the talapia, comfort of the soft, pillowy paneer and the spicy hit from the gunpowder potatoes. Now, as we have a sweet tooth, we had actually checked out the dessert selection even before visiting the chaat stand; can you fault us?! Amazing desserts on offer, including chikki (caramel brittle) and mango and fig kulfis, chocolate shrikhand (a strained yoghurt dessert), warm gulab jamun, and exotic fruit selection. Plus unusual dessert twists: Beetroot cake and tender coconut raisin kheer (rice pudding). As I said before, we are dessert people and always check out menus and buffets to save space for those sweet delights at the end, so we particularly loved the mango and fig kulfi, as it had such an intense flavour! We would recommend visiting for both the ambiance and also to enjoy refined Indian cuisine with traditional, warm Taj Hotels Group service. Recommend visiting, especially for celebrations!
Food + drink: 3
The food was OK, very heavy and filling. There was nothing special about it but I did enjoy it slightly more than my husband did. He enjoyed the tilapia and papri chaat. The service at first was slow and wasn't great but towards the end it picked up. Our evening was disturbed by the noise of children knocking their chairs over which was a bit of a nuisance. All in all I think Bombay Brasserie could improve a lot more in many ways and I have to say I was disappointed as it was lacking that spark. I would like to go back maybe in a few years and hope to see a change.
Bombay Brasserie played venue to my birthday recently and what a treat it was. From the skilled cocktail in the bar to the succulent and tasty fish main, the venue scored on all fronts for a perfect yet opulent Friday night Indian. The vast and grand dining room really is impressive, as is the service. Staff are agreeably professional yet friendly and great at helping with dilemmas and difficult choices, which with the ample menu, is inevitable. Local or authentic Indian cuisine it isn't, but for those special occasions it is a good choice.
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