Formerly known as House of Curry, Bombay bungalow has a revamped menu curated by Chef Hari Nayak and Chef Prashant Chipkar. The menu more progressive now as the General Manager Denzil Reddy puts it. Located at the beach JBR, this is one of the only Indian restaurants around. Entering Bombay bungalow is like entering an old haveli with tastefully done interiors and rich Indian vibes. Bombay bungalow is a perfect balance of traditional and contemporary. You can see it in everything that the place has to offer, be it the decor or the food. It has a spectacular outdoor seating too, so very perfect for the Dubai winters.
We were welcomed by their very hospitable staff and ushered to our table. We started off with some mocktails, Under Fire, the Champagne of the East and Weight of Gold. All 3 were lovely and we knew that we were in for a great time. Nikhil, the manager suggested we start with a Raita Tray. Raita is basically whipped yogurt with an array of Indian spices added to it. Here, we had a tray with chopped onions, tomatoes, crisps, chilli, roasted garlic, fresh coriander and Indian spices like cumin. Tossed in front of us and served with crispy poppadoms.
Small plates or as I like to call them pre-starters were delicious. Classic Indian dishes are given a modern look and taste. We had the Calamari Bhel, Roti Roll Prawns, Onion Bhajia with Cucumber Dill Raita, Guac Pani Puri. To be frank, I loved everything. Starters were also nothing short of spectacular. We had Zaatar Paneer Tikka with tahini beetroot dip, Haryana Fish Tikka with a passion fruit chutney and Tellicherry Beef Ribs in Saffron nihari sauce. We finished almost everything and had to take a 15 min break between courses. In came the mains and I’m sure this will get you drooling.
Burrata Butter Chicken – creaminess to the next level, classic butter chicken given an Italian twist and it tasted divine with their cheese naan. Ghee roast coconut crab – a Chilli garlic styled crab served with coconut rice. You cannot miss this one. Chicken Biryani – I can easily say that this is one of the most colorful biryanis I have ever seen, but I would put this at the bottom of my list in terms of taste. It wasn’t bad, it just doesn’t match up to the other food. Gruyere Pav bhaji Fondue – this isn’t the first time I have tasted a pav bhaji fondue but this one tops my list. A creamy mix vegetable fondue topped with a sumac, onion, coriander salsa served with baby potatoes and bread bites.
By the end of the main course, we were pretty full but couldn’t say no to some desserts. Coconut Rasmalai with salted caramel, and Alphonso Mango Kulfi. Honestly, I loved both I loved the way the traditional desserts were carefully given a modern flavor, worked perfectly with me and my friend. I would highly recommend this place to everyone, they also have a lovely iftar set menu at AED 110 per person for the holy month of Ramadan.
Cost: AED 250 for two
Address: The Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), Dubai