Indian food is something I definitely need to explore more of in London. The first thing that comes to my mind is Brick Lane – cheap, tasty and cheerful. For a more special occasion though there are plenty to choose from, Bombay Brasserie in Gloucester Road is one of them. The restaurant is literally outside of Gloucester Road station yet somewhat easy to miss. Bombay Brasserie has recently reopened after being refurbished and I was invited for a masterclass to check out some food-making behind the scenes and most importantly tasting!
I arrived at the bar for a drink before the grand food show. I loved that the restaurant contains different styles throughout the different sections. The bar is very dark and cosy. Passing through the bar you’re taken to an elegant dining room with warm colours. The highlight and the place you have to ask for when booking a table here is the conservatory! I love hidden gems and this is one – I would have never thought there was a conservatory hiding behind there.
Before dinner we sneaked behind the kitchen to watch head chef Prahlad Hegde work his magic. He created Peshawari Naan on a clay oven and Lamb Seekh Kebab skewers from scratch – those two put together were amazing. Then we went on to dinner. We shared a selection of items from their brand new menu. My favourite out of all main dishes were the ginger flavoured Adraki lamb chops with mint sauce on the side (make sure you ask for that sauce!). This was high up there amongst the best lamb chops I’ve tasted – perfectly juicy and tender. I also really liked the vegetarian dish Palak patta chaat which contains crispy fried baby spinach, yoghurt, date and tamarind chutney. Some dishes didn’t stand out whilst others really did and these were the highly memorable ones. I feel guilty that I didn’t have a bite of their seabass in hindsight but I heard great things about it.
I’m by no means an expert in Indian food but I definitely think their meat dishes outshined their curries. They offer a very good selection of food and the dishes are not too spicy at all.
Lastly we had the trio of dessert which included the star of the show – malai kulfi ice cream! Kulfi is essentially a condensed milk ice cream, it’s actually dreamy. I liked Bombay Brasserie. The conservatory area is beautiful for relaxed afternoons and special occasions. Do make sure you book. I’d definitely return for the kebab, lamb chops and the ice cream. Thank you for the lovely evening!