Restaurant Review:
Bombay Bungalow

The Beach
JBR, Dubai

Indian food is frequently extolled for its unique flavors, complex pairings and sometimes unfamiliar ingredients and with good reason! Whether you’re a vegetarian or non, there is something that this cuisine offers for everybody. We recently treated our stomachs and taste buds to a decadent Indian meal at Bombay Bungalow (a progressive rebranding of what was previously the House of Curry) and boy do we have lots to say about our tasting or what! First, a little bit about the restaurant; Bombay Bungalow finds a charming location at The Beach and offers beautifully quaint and vintage interiors and an equally breathtaking outdoor view of the beach and its vibrant goings-on. We were honestly blown away by the interiors; lovely, olden day style door and window frames in faded tints took up sections of the wall while another part featured a regal fountain. A quirky painting (that we really wanted for ourselves) of Monalisa clad in Indian finery was nestled between the window panes and the chairs, tables and other pieces of furniture and accessories too matched the color scheme, quirkiness and grandiose of the place.  Let’s finally move to what we ate and drank at our tasting:

Drinks

  • Champagne Of The East: Chilled Ice Tea Shaken With Roasted Fennel And Orange
  • Ancient Sanskrit: Fresh Grapefruit Juice Shaken With Coriander And Natural Honey

Food

  • Roti Roll Prawns: Crispy Fried Prawns, Chili Tomato Chutney
  • Veg Samosa: Street Style Vegetable Samosas With Chutney
  • Raita Tray: Fresh Yoghurt Dip Prepared Table Side, Customized With Your Choice Of Ingredients And Served With Crispy Roasted Papad
  • Bungalow Salad: Baby Greens, Summer Vegetables, Mint Vinaigrette
  • Zaatar Paneer Tikka Served With Tahini Beetroot Dip
  • Harissa Chicken Tikka Served With Roasted Garlic Yoghurt
  • Burrata Butter Chicken In A Fenugreek Tomato Gravy
  • Bhuna Gosht: Stir Fried Lamb With Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes
  • Mutton Rogan Josh: Kashmiri Style Slow-Cooked Mutton, Onion Masala
  • Garlic and Cheese Naans

Bombay Bungalow aims to transport diners to modern India with the food boasting of a blend of traditional recipes with contemporary touches. And we must admit that the touches were not just creative and cool but also worked, be it the combinations or the presentations. For instance, the Raita Tray is your basic yoghurt dip but the way it has been presented and the plethora of ingredients that have gone into it (usually served as different Raita dishes) makes it a must have. The other small plates that captured our senses included the Roti Roll prawns, Zaatar Paneer Tikka and the Harissa Chicken; everything from the dishes themselves to the dips that came with were superhits. With regard to the mains, mutton fans would enjoy the mutton dishes we tried however it was the uniqueness and deliciousness of the Burrata Butter chicken that trumped all in this category. Would you have thought of pairing Italian Burrata with Indian Butter chicken? We definitely hadn’t and we enjoyed the flavors of this one that are poles apart but magical together. The Cheese Naan is cheesy to a fault and definitely one to indulge in when eating at Bombay Bungalow. We paired the scrumptious meal with succulent drinks that were as tasty as they were creatively named.

Desserts

  • Coconut Ras Malai With Salted Caramel
  • Alphonso Mango Kulfi With Pistachio Crunch

Ah the grand finale; desserts! At the mere mention of the coconut rasmalai prior to our meal, our mouths had begun watering and why wouldn’t it, when this dessert consists of some of our favorite flavors! And we can safely say that it exceeded expectations! Ambrosial coconut cream with luscious salted caramel adorning fluffy, milky Ras Malai made for the perfect confection even after the rich meal we had just devoured. The Mango Kulfi couldn’t have been served at a better time what with mango season in full swing but in our opinions, this dessert couldn’t hold a candle to the other contender.

Bombay Bungalow has at its helm Chef Prashant Chipkar who has had a remarkable career that has taken him from Bangkok to Geneva and now Dubai. Chef Prashant also gave us a tour of Bombay Bungalow’s vast and buzzing kitchen thus giving us a glimpse at where all the magic happens. Overall, we give this homegrown Indian restaurant a big Yay!
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