As a keen group of foodies, there is nothing that excites us more than a new restaurant opening. So when I found out about the latest Indian street food inspired venue, I couldn’t wait to get a date in the diary to visit!
Opening at the end of 2017, Bombay Bustle is the newest launch from the team behind fine-dining Indian restaurant, Jamavar, located just off Regent Street, in bustling (pardon the pun!) central London. Unlike its ornate sister restaurant, Bombay Bustle is themed on the popular train carriages of India, seating its guests in booths with a touch of art-deco inspiration.
The décor is one thing, but there is only one reason to visit this venue and it is the food! The menu is split into 4 sections; small plates, tandoor, biryanis and curries, supported by a selection of sides and accompaniments. We were recommended to order 3-4 small plates, including the tandoors, then one main in the form of a curry or biryani – it was impossible! So much to choose from and it ALL looked delicious.
In the end, we opted for three small plates: the Mirchi & Pyaz Bhajia (delicious crisp fritters of onion and green chilli), Masala Akuri, Truffle Naan (spiced scrambled egg on naan bread) and Rarah Keema Pao (spiced goat mince in butter buns – BB’s answer to the slider!), and two options from the tandoor, Kolhapuri Spit Chicken (a whole spit-roasted baby chicken, coated in an abundance of spices with a rich gravy) and Tandoori Lasooni Jheenga (huge butterflied king prawns marinated in garlic and spices). We decided to save the curry section for another visit and completed our meal with Dum Nalli Biryani (a tender lamb biryani, with crispy fried onions and a boiled egg).
The entire meal was faultless – the flavours sensational, and paired with the busy activity of the restaurant really gave an insight into the traditional food of Bombay. If I’m being completely honest, we probably order one dish too many, and did have to retreat with our lunch for the following day in a paper bag, but I defy anyone to be able to choose a small selection from this exciting menu.
A great start to the year and a nice January treat, and we’ll certainly be back to explore what the rest of the menu has to offer.