Bombay Brasserie on London’s Gloucester Road is by no stretch of the imagination your ordinary curry house found on most ordinary streets across the country. We’re sure you knew that or you would not be reading about it here on The Bespoke Black Book.
We walked through an imposing entrance on a drab London evening to find a sumptuously decorated and very well stocked bar, lit by a back wall of yellow light. Scenes of India abounded and a delicately aromatic scent pervaded the air. The surroundings of this iconic establishment quickly brightened my mood, I was soon in ‘the zone’ and open to all sorts on what was to become a real culinary adventure.
First up, a welcome cocktail. After consulting a marvellously exotic menu of sips, an evening’s journey of the senses had begun in earnest. Taste buds tingling, we struggled to choose from so many delightful offerings but soon rested easy with a marvellous Queen’s Necklace (Vodka, fresh pomegranate juice, basil, cinnamon, egg white) and a refreshing Bombay Breeze (Gin, fresh tamarind, lime juice).
Abuzzed, we were then ushered through to the dining hall, vast in size with evocative artwork adorning the walls and Rajhistani horse sculptures gracing the mantle pieces.
We were lucky enough to be given a prime table – perfect for people watching . . . which didn’t last long as the food soon began to arrive with much pomp and ceremony.
First to grace us with their presence were the poppadoms, complete with a mouth-wateringly delicious mango chutney quite unlike the glorified, giant crisps that usually prelude Indian cuisine.
Indulging our host and his wisdom, we asked him to choose what would fill our increasingly rumbling stomachs throughout the evening. First up, first course of many more to come, our starter proper. A beautifully presented sharing plate of lamb, chicken and the biggest prawns I have ever seen. It must have been a freak love child of when a prawn met a lobster.
Every course, from poppadom to the last spoonful of pudding was a visual feast and was almost a shame to eat it! However, every course was also a taste sensation. Nothing was too hot and spicy. My two favourites from the evening were the The Chicken Lababdar (Chargrilled chicken ,creamy onion and tomato masala) and a Bombay aloo (Baby potatoes, chilli, garlic, spices)
Bombay Brasserie brings the flamboyant and colourful personality of India to a sometimes grey London. Immaculately liveried and knowledgeable waiters will be your guide on the adventure through the medium of food.
For vegetarians, should you be that way inclined, the Bombay Brasserie will more than go out of their way to cater to your needs. Each menu has a counterpart of equal size and excitement. An evening at the Bombay Brasserie will blow your minds. Or very nearly your stomach. Fine dining is not just about the food. Service, ambience and surroundings are equally vital and it is presented at the Bombay Brasserie in spades. A truly memorable evening for all the right reasons.
London Courtfield Road