Head straight to this modern Indian eatery once you are allowed out again and spice up your life once more
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La restaurant review during a time when restaurants are either entirely closed for business or operating a contactless home delivery service, but seeing as we are stuck at home and enduring the safe monotony of repeated visits to the fridge, I will happily report that the setting of Bombay Borough is absolutely delightful and that when you are once again allowed the thrill of leaving your home for the most unnecessary of reasons, I encourage you to head down to this little gem and order everything on the menu. Because the restaurant only opened relatively recently, they aren’t at time of going to press offering a home delivery service, so for now you’ll have to take my word for it that their menu is very, very good.
Spread over two floors and an outdoor terrace, the colourful, eclectic interior offers an abundance of cosy nooks in which to make yourself feel at home. During our visit we threw caution to the wind and asked our server to choose dishes for us. And it was all absolutely wonderful. A seabass ceviche cured in a mango-mustard blend, prawns tossed with a fiery chilli chutney and a plate of hot and spicy fried chicken tenders barely had time to cool at the table before they were devoured. Colour and flavour defines the experience here, but the service too is as warm as those abundant spices, adding to the welcoming, relaxed ambience. It’s a great spot in which to entertain your guests without the uneccessary fuss and frill of formality.
The colourful, beautifully plated dishes invite sharing – their ingredients draw on all corners of Indian traditions, bringing the richness of the continent’s culinary traditions to your table, a microcosm of a country’s gastronomic heritage. A banana leaf-wrapped sea bass in Kerala spiced tomato and coconut sauce, Chennaistyle crab roti, smoked Jodhpur mutton and Punjabi-style chickpeas…. The assortment of small bites, big plates and house specials is deliciously decadent and really, if you’re even slightly unsure as to what to order, put yourself in the hands of your server and allow a procession of thrilling, tantalising flavours to be brought to you. Home-made pillowy naan breads and a biryani dish flecked with saffron and Iranian berries padded out any remaining room during our first visit, but the promise of the Bombay Ice Cream sandwich and Anglo-Indian bread pudding is calling us for a repeat visit. The restaurant curates a business lunch menu, which makes all that endless choice so much easier if your time is limited, and there is also a high tea option, as well as lighter nibbles that can be enjoyed at the lavish, well-stocked bar area. We can’t wait to go back, and I bet anyone reading this is pretty impatient for that day to come too. Let’s hope it won’t be too long before we can.