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Bombay Brasserie's mission is to bring authentic Indian food to London in an appealing and generous way. Indeed, it has been providing our capital with just such a prescription since the early 80s, always striving to achieve, and never dipping in reputation.
There are two sections to the Bombay Brasserie. Although both are indoor, you can step 'out' of the main dining room into the adjacent eating space where there's also a bar. This extended area is curved, the ceiling sloped and girded with thick-set heavy oaken planks. Gallons of natural light flood this area, while back through the doorway where the area is lit by bowl-shaped chandeliers, you'll find it carpeted in deep red and beige, as well as booths that line the walls for more intimate dining. You could segregate the two sections by calling one formal and the other not so, only on the basis that in the 'informal' area there're larger tables for bigger parties, and not so much of a grandiose aesthetic. This does not detract from the appearance, however, as the Bombay Brasserie aims to recreate an accurate, traditional vibe which it certainly succeeds in doing.
Bombay Brasserie strives to produce as authentic a feel as possible, and that shines through with its vast selection of exotic dishes. For starters, you can choose from examples like scallops on peppered crab, or chicken tikka kalimiri. For mains, the highlights are 'Goa' halibut curry; tandoori chicken; prawn balchao; slow-cooked lamb shanks; and lasooni palak for one of the vegetarian dishes. The dessert menu is hearty and comforting with the likes of rice pudding, berry brioche, and date & almond cake making appearances. As with all fine restaurants, the wine list is as impressive as it is exhaustive while all spirits, beers, cocktails and champagnes are equally exceptional.
Monday - Friday: Lunch: 12:00 - 15:00, Dinner: 19:00 - 23:30, Bar from 17:30
Saturday: Lunch: 12:00 - 15:00, Dinner 19:00 - 23:30, Bar from 18:30
Sunday: Lunch: 12:00 - 15:00, Dinner: 19:00 - 22:30, Bar from 18:30
South Kensington (Circle, District, Hammersmith & City Line)