Giving a scrumptious twist to the traditional thali, Bombay Brasserie, has come up with a tantalising new lunch offering, giving you more reason to fall in love with classic Indian culinary specialities.
Living in a city with over a thousand Indian restaurants to explore, Bombay Brasserie at the Taj Dubai, attempts to stand out, and according to me, they did a pretty great job at it! The chic restaurant tucked quietly away in the fourth floor of the iconic Taj, impresses from the word go.
With colourful contemporary ethnic interiors and beautiful ornaments decorating every corner, the restaurant sets you into a trance as soon as you enter. After being seated with the view of the Burj Khalifa in front of me, there was hardly any more they could do to impress, but then, came in the Thali, and I was blown away!
Being a die-hard ‘Punjabi style’ non-vegetarian myself I was pleasantly surprised at the options offered in the large bronze coloured thaal that was brought to the table. Seeing traditional Indian specialities like the butter chicken, daal makhani, saag ghost and baingan ka bharta, I was beyond excited to find out what set this thali apart from every other I’ve eaten. Another dish in the non-veg thali was the tandoori Salmon, which I chose to give a miss (I’m not much of a sea food gal), and instead went for the dahi pakodi, which was absolutely delish!
First things first, the butter chicken (which I was most excited about), was smooth and creamy, with the perfect tinge of tomato flavouring to it! The daal on the other hand didn’t disappoint either as it wasn’t too thick, letting the flavours set it beautifully.
Considering both these dishes were rich, with a riot of flavours, I hardly had the space to go on with the rest, but the smell of the saag ghost, called out to me and I’m glad I obliged! The taste of spinach wasn’t too overpowering (unlike the other times I have tasted this dish), and the meat was cooked just right, adding to the brilliance of the traditional curry!
The only thing I would have rather enjoyed as an addition to my meal would be the Indian chaas. The buttermilk drink usually sets the perfect tone for a maharaja style meal, adding to the theme of a true feast.
Overall, I left the restaurant extremely satisfied, and once I had digested my meal and worked out those calories, I found myself wishing for round 2, and that for me is the sign of a perfect Indian meal!
Note: The thali is only available during lunch, so plan your visit accordingly. Also, they have the vegetarian thali too, which is equally delicious!
INFO: Bombay Brasserie, Taj Dubai, Burj Khalifa Street, Business Bay, Dhs 95 per thali, 12.30pm to 3.00pm, 04 438 3100