Phone: (604) 944-3872
- Mon-Wed-Thur-Fri : 11.30am-2.30pm
- Sat – Sun : 12.00 am – 3.00 pm
- Lots of room
- Lunch buffets
- A la carte menu at night
- Slow service
- Small portions
- TV’s for Sports
The Bombay has been around the Port Coquitlam area for quite some time. It’s also one of the few Indian cuisines in the Tri-Cities. I had purchased a group-on awhile back and it was expiring, so I came here with dad and bro to try it out. I’ve heard great things about Bombay before, but you never know until you get the personal experience.
It was a normal weekday, so the restaurant was pretty empty when we walked in. I had made a reservation ahead of time, but didn’t seem like you’ll need one if you’re coming in on a weekday. The first thing my dad noticed was this statue with a bunch of small nibbles of candy like things in it. To now, I still have no idea what it’s for. My only concern is if it’s edible and sanitary issues.
Shortly after we ordered, the waiter brought over some Papadam and this brown looking sauce. The Papadam is full of spices and crispy. The sauce tasted sweet and hot, quite an interesting combo.
We also ordered an appetizer to share. The chicken pakora are strips of chicken breast marinated in garlic, ginger, spices and then batter fried. It was piping hot when served. The meat was very tender and we couldn’t help but to dip it in the sweet and hot sauce that came with the Papadum.
Our entrees took awhile before it came out, I was unpleased with the time it took because the restaurant wasn’t nearly full. It shouldn’t have taken this long to get 2 entrees out.
We shared the butter chicken, which was quite flavourful. A tomato-based butter sauce cooked with chicken breast, ginger, garlic and BBQ. The portions were really fine dining portions (small).
My dad picked the Lamb Roganjosh. It’s a traditional curry of boneless lamb pieces with tomatoes in grated ginger, garlic and onion sauce. It tasted pretty good, very much like the butter chicken sauce except with a kick in it.
None of the entrees came with any rice or bread, it was solely the entree. I think they are really smart in this sense because the the sauces have to go with something. So they had given the option to add rice/bread to make it a meal. So you are looking at spending around $20 for an entree.
The Naan and Roti was a good combo with the sauces if you didn’t want rice. The Indian roti was not as chewy as the Thai one but tasted equally good. Everything came out either warm or hot.
The bill came to under $50 for 2 entrees and 1 appetizer. But of course with the $25 group-on I only had to pay of it. Overall, the food was decent. However, I thought it took way too long for the food to come out. The portions are really small here and is definitely not cheap. I was brought down by the decor and ambiance of the place. It said, it was a fine dining Indian restaurant however, nothing seemed to be fine-dining besides the food’s portion. The place needed a face lift and ESPN was on the few TVs that were on the walls. I definitely expected more if it was fine-dining. The service was good, the server was polite.
What’s your take on the best Indian cuisine around town? Let me know in the comment section below.