Going into a restaurant sans expectations, even though you have heard so much about it, can be quite rewarding and satisfying. My experience at Bombay Brasserie, at The Taj Dubai, was one such outing, full-‘filling’ in pretty much all aspects. The decor was cosy yet inviting, the service (yes they knew it was the media, still!) was impeccable – very Indian / Eastern hospitality, which I am proud to say, we are extremely hospitable people. The mocktails and cocktails were yummy, company fun, the view fabulous (overlooking the Burj Khalifa) and the food…well, I am not going to give it to you so easy. Read on.
For those of you who follow my vlog know that I won’t say the food is good if it is not, the service was good if it’s not and so on.
The interiors of the Taj are so warm and muted. It immediately makes you feel comfortable. The hotel lobby has some stunning art elements.
The interiors of the restaurant were also cosy (I know I have used the word many times, but that truly is the best word I can use to describe it). It has these corners that are reminiscent of an Indian home’s living room, with all the alcohol sitting on one table for display! Then there are these couches for a relaxed feel, a private dining area and an extensive seating area as well. There are pool-facing and Burj-facing views.
I think I have teased you enough. Let’s talk about the food.
The food made us very, very happy!
The starters were made to our choice – some were meat eaters, some ate only fish, some prefrered vegetarian. All that was taken into consideration and presented to us on a charcoal-like plate. I had the salmon, some other type of fish, two types (flavored) of chicken, and an Indian fast food called dahi pappdi.
Then, there was the crab dish, prepared in a slightly South Indian style. That was good too.
Over to the mains. Oh wait! I have to tell you that the starters itself were so filling, that for the mains, (so here’s what I did) I asked the Chef, as a challenge, to prepare the simplest Indian meal, which usually consists of dal (lentils), roti (Indian bread) and some cooked veggies.
I said to him, “We know you guys can do all the fancy dishes, cook up a fusion for us, but here’s what I would love to see – if you can make me a simple North Indian home cooked meal.”
He stood up to the challenge. And delivered rather well.
The kulcha (Indian bread) had sun dried tomatoes as a filling, and that is one thing I cannot get over. It still makes me salivate, thinking about it. As you can see, that is the first thing I mentioned from the mains.
Then there was the dal, okra stir-fried with some spices and onions, some SWAG prawn curry and yogurt. Yogurt usually compliments most North Indian home cooked meals.
We were stuffed.
Another really important thing that I want to mention here is that most 5 * hotels have this rule, they are not allowed to give you takeaways (taking away the uneaten food, instead of wasting it).
But I am SO glad that Bombay Brasserie made an exception for us and gave us a doggie bag, as I enjoyed the desserts the next day as well.
If you are looking to experience some delicious Indian cuisine, I definitely recommend Bombay Brasserie at The Taj Dubai.