The Bombay Brasserie
Last December, work took me and six colleagues to Mumbai, the city formerly known as Bombay. Our head and neck oncology counterparts there treated us like Rajas, and since that time I have been dreaming of spicy vindaloos and curries. Dining in the Indian subcontinent, one quickly understands the allure of the spices that drew European adventurers to that part of the world.
There are plenty of places in Houston to satiate my Indian food cravings, but I was happy to see that one of my favorites, The Bombay Brasserie, had re-opened in Rice Village. It’s located on the second floor of the Village Arcade between Two Rows Brewery and Kubo’s Sushi Bar and Grill and has both inside and outside (covered) dining spaces. Inside the restaurant, diners are greeted by an attentive staff member, placing a white cloth napkin on your lap and immediately taking your drink order. The lunch buffet ($11 per person) has a plentiful variety of meat and vegetarian options along with fresh breads including Naan, a fluffy pita-like bread, and papadum, crisp lentil wafers. Chicken Tikka Masala, tender roasted chicken pieces in a tomato butter sauce, was sumptuous and the marinated, charcoal broiled Tandoori Chicken was moist and flavorful. Saag Paneer, creamed spinach blended with a subtle cheese, was excellent. Likewise, the Daal Makhni, black lentils and beans cooked in onions, tomatoes, and cream as well as the Bombay Aloo, boiled potatoes in onions, tomatoes, and yogurt were delicious. For dinner, these and many other dishes are offered ala carte with entrees ranging from $9.95 to $15.95. We chose the Viceroy of India’s Dinner for two ($44.95), which allowed us to sample many of the Brasserie’s specialties including: Tandoori Chicken, Tandoori Prawn, Saag Paneer, Chicken Tikka Masala, Seekh Kabab, Dall Naan, Pullao (rice with peas), and Kachumber (a tomato and cucumber salad) in the most affordable manner.
It’s great to have the Brasserie back on the Houston restaurant scene. You can catch a virtual glimpse of the restaurant as well as a discount at their Web site.
The Bombay Brasserie, 2414 University Blvd., Suite 210, Houston, TX 77005, 713.355.2000, www.thebombaybrasserie.com
Editor’s Note: Dr. Jeff Myers is a head and neck surgical oncologist at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and a frequent contributor to The Buzz.