Restaurant Review: Restaurant Review
The new South location of this North Austin Indian food stalwart will outdo your expectations
Reviewed by Rachel Feit, Fri., May 13, 2011
Lunch: Mon.-Fri., 11am-2pm; Sat., noon-3pm; Sun., 11:30am-3pm; Dinner: Mon.-Thu., 5:30pm-10pm; Fri.-Sat., 5:30pm-10:30pm; Sun., 5pm-10pm
Bombay Bistro4200 S. Lamar, 462-7227
Monday-Thursday, 11am-2pm & 5:30-10pm; Friday, 11am-2pm & 5:30-10:30pm; Saturday, 11:30am-3pm & 5:30-10:30pm; Sunday, 11:30am-3pm & 5:30-10pm
Far North Austin's Bombay Bistro has been a consistent crowd-pleaser since it opened nearly six years ago. With a new second location at the Brodie Oaks shopping center, South Austinites have an opportunity to get the same excellent Indian fare without having to trek all the way up to Great Hills. Inside, the restaurant is elegant yet cozy, draped in dark, heavy fabrics and warm lighting. Service is friendly and efficient but not too familiar.
The lunchtime buffet comes loaded with a tantalizing variety of dishes that change regularly based on the season and the chef's whim. We sampled crisp zucchini rounds grilled with cilantro and spices, colorful spiced pepper slices tossed with homemade cheese (paneer chili), and unforgettable goat curry, stewed with tamarind and onions. But there's more: Spiced boneless chicken in tomato curry (tikka masala) is tart and spicy; pungent creamed spinach with big chunks of potatoes (aloo palak) is redolent of butter and ginger, and cilantro-marinated tandoori chicken is garlicky and slightly charred without being dried out. There's even a chaat station where you can load up on tomato-and-chickpea masala, a rainbow of chutneys and sauces, yogurt, savory fritters (vadai), and crisp bits of fried dough. At $8.95 per person on weekdays and $10.95 on weekends, Bombay Bistro's buffet is more expensive than most, but the quality and ever-rotating assortment of dishes make it worth a few dollars extra.
The dinner format ditches the buffet in favor of menu-only dining. Here again, Bombay Bistro comes through with a stunning variety of dishes you won't find elsewhere in Austin. Goan-curried mussels ($8), tandoori-roasted salmon ($14), and fish curry ($14) stand out among the offerings. Other popular items include marinated masala lamb chops ($17) and spicy lamb vindaloo ($14.50). With this second location, Bombay Bistro strives to outdo expectations – not only for Indian cuisine in Austin, but for the restaurant itself.