Restaurant in Kensington
Opened in 1982, this Indian restaurant in Kensington has been a fixture of the dining scene for nearly four decades. Comprising of bar, restaurant and conservatory area,. Bombay Brasserie serves a fusion of Goan, Bengali, Parsi & Gujerati cuisine. We visited to try their weekend buffet brunch.
The door to the restaurant opens directly into the dimly lit and classically decorated Bombay bar. As our eyes adjusted, the sound of classical Indian music truly transported us away from the London hustle and bustle. Our coats were taken as we admired the bar and lounge area and we were led into the dining room. What a vast space decorated with sparkling chandeliers, greenery and vintage Indian photographs! The buffet itself is located in the light and bright conservatory with separate stations for each course. The best bit is that you can top up your plate as often as you please.
The starters station has a “live chaat counter” with spiced chicken and prawns (not too spicy), spinach and potato cakes, bhel, sev puri and paani puri (the king of Indian street food in my opinion) prepped on the spot for you by the in-house chefs. A range of delicious chaat options are available to add.
There is a huge variety of main dishes including chilli pepper fried fish, a South Indian tilapia speciality that was gorgeously flaky and crunchy in breadcrumbs.
We also tried:
- the lamb biryani, tinda coconut masala, murg ajmeri (a creamy chicken thigh and cashew nut curry)
- aloo suwa (baby potato & dill)
- kathal palak (saag like spinach and jackfruit dish)
- paneer bhurjee
Vegetarians, there is a great variety including the meaty jackfruit kathal palak are on point. The dishes range in their spice levels with some hitting the spicier end of the spectrum. Fear not, there is a raita station at hand with a range of plain or spiced yogurt accompaniments to temper the heat. There is also an impressive pickle selection (mango & ginger were our favourites) plus basmati rice. Also some beautifully presented watermelon/feta and bean salads.
If you have space head to the dessert station for a range of fresh fruit and zingy, moist lemon cake. We also had the halwa, melt in the mouth and sugary sweet Indian fave gulab jaman, gulab jaman cheesecake, kulfi (mango & coconut Indian ice cream) and kheer which was perfectly cooked and topped with pretty dried rose petals. There is a great selection and we would advise getting a little of everything as they are handily served in mini sizes.
Tea and coffee is included with the weekend brunch. We additionally ordered a fresh orange juice and a mango lassi which was sweet and yoghurt-y.
Bombay Brasserie restaurant in Kensington is a great spot for weekend brunch. Expect an exciting variety of food, crisp white table linens, relaxed atmosphere, beautiful interiors and attentive service. At £37pp it is on the pricier side so perhaps better for a special occasion.
East London Girl: Bombay Brasserie
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