Bombay Brassiere 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 we had just stepped in from. Our coats were taken as we admired the bar and lounge area and we were led into the dining room – 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 and 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 from chilli pepper fried fish, a South Indian tilapia speciality that was gorgeously flaky and crunchy in breadcrumbs, 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) and paneer bhurjee which were amongst our favourites.
Vegetarians, there is a great variety for you and for meat eaters the lamb and chicken options plus the meaty jackfruit kathal palak are on point. The dishes range in their spice levels with some hitting the spicier end of the spectrum – but fear not, there is a raita station at hand with a range of plain or spiced yogurt accompaniments plus chutneys to temper the heat. There is also an impressive pickle selection (mango & ginger were our favourites) plus basmati rice and some beautifully presented watermelon/feta and bean salads.
If you have space (if you don’t, make room!) head to the dessert station for a range of fresh fruit, zingy, moist lemon cake, halwa, melt in the mouth and sugary sweet Indian fave gulab jaman, gulab jaman cheesecake (sadly, we didn’t get to try this as it was very popular!) 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/coffee is included with the weekend brunch but we additionally ordered a fresh orange juice and a mango lassi which was sweet and yoghurt-y and served in a huge glass (as any good lassi should be!).
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 (and a live pianist to boot!). At £37pp it is on the pricier side so perhaps better for a special occasion.
East London Girl: Bombay Brasserie
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