Their tagline, 'Re-discover India through an explosion of flavor’, is bang on! Located on prime real estate in Connaught Place, Indian restaurant Bombay Brasserie has been conceptualised to celebrate dishes from different states — taking diners through a culinary trip of the myriad flavours of Indian cuisine, presented in a modern, stylish manner.
Having opened in Delhi last week, after successful innings in Coimbatore, Pune, Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata, I was looking forward to luncheon there! Walking in, I was pleasantly surprised to see chic interiors with swings replacing chairs at a few tables, quirky art and plush greenery — a clear indicator this was going to be an interesting experience! The promise to deliver Indian cuisine, crafted with carefully curated ingredients from across the length and breadth of the country, is illustrated in the quirky art throughout the bar, lounge and dining space. Choosing a table with a stylish garden swing, I perused the menu with cocktails, starters, street grills, paired curries, small plates and big plates from Bengal, Shillong, Goa, Assam, Kashmir and other regions. With such delicious dishes to choose from, including 'Goan Pao Puffs', 'Naga Ghost Pepper Wings', 'Rajputana Soola Murgh Kebab' and 'Kashmiri Naan Kebab', I was in a culinary daze until Operations Manager Vivekanand Patil came to my rescue.
After enquiring about preferences, he sent out 'Jaipur Gulabo' — a rose-inflected vodka cocktail served in a chic pahua bottle accompanied by chakhna and a basket of assorted papad with homemade chutneys. Whoa! The refreshing summer cocktail set the tone and I enjoyed the sabudana and urad papads which I liberally dabbed with fresh mango chutney. Up next was small plates 'Goan Pao Puffs' and 'Shillong Shapale'. The softest, cubed pao puffs packed with mince meat that had been cooked with Goan vinegar and local red chilli, was insanely sumptuous. It immediately transported me back to the pao puffs I had delighted in, in Mapusa, Goa. This was the real deal! I then turned my attention to Shillong Shapale — handcrafted minced chicken pie. I had heard that shapale are widely loved in the Tibetan community, but it was the first time I tried this dish and liked the crunchy shapale with juicy minced chicken, deep fried and served with burnt chilli tomato chutney. I was really beginning to appreciate the intensive research that had gone into curating the menu.
Though I was stuffed, Vivekanand Patil insisted I must try their street grill bestseller, 'Kashmiri Naan Kebab'. As I sat back and enjoyed the cocktail while waiting for the entrée, I observed the waitstaff as they worked the dining space, checking on tables. They were sincerely taking care of diners. And then the entree arrived, preceded by a tantalising aroma. Hey, I'm not exaggerating when I say I've never had something so insanely sumptuous, a dish I will return for time and again! The hand-ground mutton mince seekh, with kebab chini, served on a saffron-brushed naan, was accompanied by a creamy yoghurt dip. Abandoning the knife and fork, I tore pieces of the naan, swooped the mince meat, and liberally dabbed it in the fresh yoghurt dip. It was heaven on a plate! To cap the luncheon, I was served the sinfully delightful Lemon Margarita with an orange ice lolly dipped in it to soak up the flavor. I didn't have it! Rather it HAD me totally captivated and under its intoxicating spell!
Kudos to the team of Bombay Brasserie for their gastronomic expertise and for sharing their culinary passion through the painstakingly curated menu based on intensive research and travel, and to Operations Manager Vivekanand Patil for the pleasures of a fine table. I highly recommending dropping in at Bombay Brasserie with friends and family for the most sumptuous cocktails and Indian cuisine in a sleek ambience. Bon Appétit!
— JASMEEN DUGAL
Photographs — Shot On My Iphone
H' Block, Outer Circle, Connaught Place