Does this revamped spot offer anything new?
An enchanted forest meets an Indian palace – that’s the best way to describe Bombay Bungalow (formerly House Of Curry), the revamped, rebranded Indian restaurant in JBR. It’s not just the décor that’s eye-catching; the food is pretty too. Created by award-winning cookbook author chef Hari, the new menu gives traditional recipes a modern twist. The roti roll prawn appetisers (Dhs55) weren’t rolled in roti, but breaded and fried to a tasty crisp – a bit like a posh fish goujon, with a chilli tomato chutney that added a hint of spice. The guac pani poori (Dhs30) wasn’t as tasty – maybe we’re pani poori purists, but the creamy taste and texture of the avocado just didn’t fit.
For a perfect fusion of Middle Eastern and South Asian flavours, order the zaatar paneer tikka (Dhs45), well-charred creamy cheese served with a beetroot and tahini dip. There are two main course menus, one with classic curries for traditionalists, and another offering more adventurous interpretations. We recommend the latter, if only for the bestseller: the burrata butter chicken (Dhs80). The milky Italian cheese melted into the creamy tomato and fenugreek gravy alongside tender chunks of meat, and we mopped up the sauce with a cheese naan (Dhs12). Speaking of rich the coconut rasmalai (Dhs40) is like a softer, milkier version of a cheesecake, with a moreish drizzle of salted caramel. Bombay Bungalow might not be a standard curry night out, but it’s one worth trying.
The Beach JBR, JBR, Dubai, daily noon to midnight. Tel: (800) 6928779. Taxi: The Beach JBR. bombaybungalowdxb.com