Bombay Bustle is an authentic Indian restaurant on Maddox Street in Mayfair specialising in Mumbai’s diverse home style cooking. We first came across Bombay Bustle while walking to Black Roe and were really intrigued by the menu. Then again at Taste 2018 and our interest was peaked.
We went for dinner on a Monday and the restaurant was full with a mix of casual diners, families, and romantic diners. None were out of place because Bombay Bustle is both relaxed and intricately beautiful, with its décor being inspired by Bombay’s train system.
We were sat at the basement level very close to the pastry kitchen and the smell oozing from there was so indulgent. The service was very attentive and prompt with a good grasp of the menu, and so in no time we were ready to order.
What we ordered
For starters, we ordered Samosa Papdi Chaat, Malabar Chicken Wings, Kochi Pepper Beef, and Koliwada Squid. For mains, Shiima ordered Madras Chicken Curry with steamed rice and naan bread, and I ordered Achari Lamb Chops.
The Samosa Papdi Chaat were awesome. Delicious pastry with rich potato filling, and a sweet and spicy combination of chutneys, yogurts, chickpeas and more. Special dish.
The chicken wings were very well marinated and perfectly cooked for a spicy, rich, and succulent plate of moreish wings.
The Koliwada squid was really good. Slightly similar in taste and texture – nice & crunchy – to Dishoom’s Calamari, but with more of a spice kick.
The Kochi Pepper Beef was all me! Shiima didn’t touch it. I always wanted to order Pepper Beef since I saw it at Gunpowder and it looked very similar to Nigerian Beef Suya, a dish I love. The Kochi Pepper Beef tasted similar to Beef Suya in many ways but lacked the level of spice and heat I adore in Beef Suya. It was still really good; thinly sliced pieces of beef enriched with flavourful tomato based pepper sauce. I’ll definitely order again.
Shiima’s Madras Chicken curry wasn’t as flavourful as she expected and the chicken pieces were a tad dry, especially because chicken cooked in curries are usually more tender. She wasn’t enamoured with the dish, she thought it was “okay”. But she ultimately enjoyed the curry with her fresh naan bread.
I really enjoyed my Achari Lamb Chops. Really succulent, delicious, and just spicy enough for me. Good portion size too as I didn’t want it to finish but once I was done with them, I was very content 🙂
There were a lot of very interesting desserts on the menu, but we were too full and honestly couldn’t decide which one to share 😂
Our dinner at Bombay Bustle was lovely. Beautiful and relaxed environment, top notch service, and delicious Indian food. We recommend for dates, both romantic and casual, special occasions, and meals with friends, family, and colleagues – large groups welcome too because there is a lot of space. Bombay Bustle is moderately expensive, so do bear that in mind.
Dress Code: Casual/Smart Casual
Shiima & Amen’s Star Dish: Samosa Papdi Chaat
Price: £30-£40pp (excluding alcohol)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
29 Maddox Street
London W1S 2PA
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