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Iftar at Bombay Bungalow – Review…

Having heard so many wonderful things about the newest Indian in town, Bombay Bungalow, I was very much excited to try it out for myself last Saturday. I think it is safe to say that it did not disappoint at all. Located at The Beach in JBR, Dubai, Bombay Bungalow is a treat for the eyes as soon as you step in.

Bombay Bungalow ~ “We are a homegrown brand created to fulfill the craving for good quality Modern Indian food. Our influence was taken from the traditional Indian recipes and developed into a unique and contemporary menu; a twist to the classics. Our intention was to upgrade the dishes and make the cuisine more approachable and inviting to the melting pot that are the residents and tourists of the UAE.”

Ambiance

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With portraits of Mughals, as well as Mona Lisa with a Dupatta over her head, cladding the walls, two humongous trees (Yes, TREES!) inside the restaurant, rustic Indian windows, lanterns and a stunning glass chandelier, the above photographs do not do the place justice at all. The teal coloured furniture along with the mosaic tiles tie in with the rustic and homely feel of the place, and there is something of awe in every corner you look. If you don’t go there for the food, at least give it a visit for an Instagram shot!

Since we visited for Iftar, the music started after the Adhan was given, and what followed were melodious instrumentals to compliment the rest of the restaurant.

Once the canon signaled us to open our fasts, we enjoyed a plate of dates and fresh fruits, beautifully presented.

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Drinks

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Along with a traditional glass of Vimto to accompany our meal, I opted for one of their signature mocktails, Indian Summer (AED 22). Rather apt for the weather outside, this drink includes fresh orange, lime and date extracts, topped off with soda. It was sweet and very refreshing.

Their Drinks menu also includes fresh juices and an assortment of Lassi, as well as the fizzy stuff and hot drinks.

Starters

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Raita Tray (AED 40)

This fresh yoghurt dip was prepared in front of us, customised according to our taste, and served with crispy papad. Our choice included pomegranate seeds, cucumber, onion, tomato and “boondi”. A refreshing starter that was Master Z’s favourite, as he helped himself to many more spoonfuls during the course of our meal.

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Guac Pani Puri (AED 30)

A spin on the traditional pani puri, as it has an avocado salsa filling. I am not sure how I felt about this one, because I do normally like the crunch of the traditional filling in my pani puri instead of a puree. The spicy chilly tamarind dressing was delicious, but a little difficult for me to pour out of the little jar without spilling everywhere.

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Roti Roll Prawns (AED 55)

This was, by far, my favourite of all the starters, not only because I love prawns, but because these particular crispy fried prawns were coated in the most delicious spicy and authentic masala that made me feel like I was enjoying this plate whilst overlooking the Gateway of India. Also, the chilli tomato chutney was a great compliment to the dish. Highly recommended if you are looking for a starter with a truly Indian flavour.

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Corn and Sprouted Mung Chaat (AED 40)

This salad comes as a very close second favourite of the starters, which we devoured completely, because it was so light and fresh. Not only beautifully presented, but the combination of the greens, balsamic cherry tomatoes, avocado and bhel dressing was finger licking good. I think it was perfect especially for breaking our fast, as we were not made to feel bloated straight after the first bites of our meal.

Tikkas and Side Dishes

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Bhindi Masala (AED 25)

Home style sauteed okra with onions. Okra, being my husband’s favourite, this dish was a clear winner with him.

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Malai Chicken Tikka (AED 50)

These tender bites were beautifully accompanied by the most delicious chutney I have ever tasted. Upon inquiring the Chef, I found that the chutney was in fact made out of young dates and figs, giving it a sweet but earthy finish.

I love that all the tikkas on the menu come with their own dip and side of fresh salad, to balance out the flavours. Every dip I tasted compliments the accompanying meat perfectly, making it a must-try!

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Malai Prawns (AED 75)

These succulent prawns are served with a sweet mango relish and cucumber salad. I couldn’t stop myself from having bite after bite of this stuff!

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Harissa Chicken Tikka (AED 50)

These spicy chicken pieces are packed with flavour and served with roasted garlic yoghurt. It was far too spicy for me, and I could only enjoy one, but of course it turned out to be my husband’s favourite amongst all the tikkas, as he can very much handle the heat.

Mains – Bungalow Signatures

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Burrata Butter Chicken (AED 80)

This dish takes your average butter chicken to the next level up. Chicken pieces in a thick fenugreek tomato gravy, with a huge melting burrata placed in the centre, so that it turns stringy as you try to cut into it with your spoon. I can see why this is a favourite amongst the Bombay Bungalow customers.

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Bhuna Gosht (AED 70)

Stir fried lamb accompanied with balsamic cherry tomatoes. As much as I am normally a butter chicken kind of girl, it was this dish that won me over and has to be my clear favourite of the two. The right consistency of chewiness along with the flavours and spices reminded me of my mother’s cooking. What more could I possibly have to add?

Bombay Bungalow also feature a great range of classic curries, along with signature biryanis.

Desserts

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Alphonso Mango Kulfi (AED 35)

Yum, Yum, Yum. Who doesn’t love Kulfi? Especially when it’s mango flavoured? Master Z lapped this up this dessert as quick as he could, and to be honest, so did I! I did find the pistachio crunch a little too much in abundance, so had to get rid of some from my kulfi, but the kulfi itself was divine!

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Coconut Ras Malali (AED 40)

I am a huge fan of my mother’s Ras Malai, and this dish takes it one step further by infusing it with coconuts. There is also a generous amount of salted caramel to make this dish deathly sweet. If you have a sweet tooth, this dessert is for you. It is incredibly rich in sweetness and I am surprised by how much of the coconut does come through, but I would advise you share it with someone, and of course not think about the calories intake whilst doing so! I sure didn’t!

Overall Experience

My overall experience of dining at Bombay Bungalow was excellent. I had high hopes going in, and each of them were exceeded as I left those doors. The food is amazingly presented and delicious, because there is something for everyone, whether you can handle your spice or not. The portions are just right too. The ambiance of the restaurant, along with it’s aesthetics is simply astounding.

The hospitality that was delivered was incredible, and efficient. The staff were so sweet towards Master Z, conversing with him whenever they passed him by and ensuring he had a great experience. I would highly recommend Bombay Bungalow to absolutely anyone and everyone because they cater to all palettes, and for a truly Dubai experience.

Iftar Offer

Bombay Bungalow are currently offering an Iftar Set Menu at the price of only AED 110 per person. The set menu includes a choices for a three course meal, including some of the dishes mentioned above.

For more information and updates, head over to their website or follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

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Note: I was invited to taste the Bombay Bungalow menu. However, all views and opinions expressed above are honest and solely my own. 

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