Bombay Bustle

4.5
486 reviews
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Indian
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  • Spicy
  • Authentic
  • Good Vegetarian Options
From the team behind Mayfair’s Michelin-starred Jamavar, Bombay Bustle is inspired by the tiffin tin carriers, the institution of men who use Mumbai’s famed local railway to deliver home cooked meals across the city. The Maddox Street restaurant pays homage to the culture and people, whose expanse of origins from across India have influenced its culinary history.

The menu sees recreations of some of the city’s most loved dishes alongside family recipes. Seasonal delights, inspired by Mumbai and the surrounding areas, include Misal Pav topped with potato salli, Kolhapuri spiced spit roasted chicken, Seabass and Scallop tawa Pulao along with Kerala style Ishtew with Idiyappam and a sweet Double Ka Meetha with tutti fruity masala milk and almonds.
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London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service , with valuable revommendations from the person serving us. Amazing food - music was a bit loud for our liking , but one that was more than compensated for with the overall experience.
This was our second visit and i am sure there will be many more !

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent Indian food in a dining room decorated like a historic train car. The duck dosas and lamb are both particularly good.

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MS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good service and pleasant dining experience just a little pricey. Definitely somewhere to go for a special ocaission.

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GG
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food as always was great but the experience unfortunately was not. We were told the kitchen was closing shortly and therefore would need to order ASAP and also that our food would just come out as it was cooked. When you’re dining at somewhere like Bombay Bustle you come for the experience not just the food as sadly that was lacking:

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CP
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We took visiting Belgian friends who wanted to experience ‘quality, authentic’ Indian cooking whilst in London. This was our first visit to Bombay Bustle too, it was recommended by a friend. We thought the food was delightful and plentiful, well presented and original (as in departing from the run-of-the-mill offerings in most Indian restaurants we visited before). The somosas’ filling were duck based, one of biryanis was rabbit based; every dish was really very good. The service was friendly, if anything too attentive. We went on a rainy Thursday lunchtime, so the ambience was a bit ‘sparse’ but therefore quiet.

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KM
London
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food isn’t that great. Portions sizes are tiny. The vegetable served was cold

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I am big fan of Bombay bustle but my experience on arrival was not great. Having advised prior that the booking was for my anniversary and that my wife was pregnant, I fully expected to be seated in the more comfortable couch style seats. That was not the case, which was ok but when we asked to be moved the handling of the situation was not great. The front of house did not show any understanding nor flexibility and we ended up sitting where they had assigned us. But, after speaking with the manager whom was extremely nice and accommodating, the quality of food really saved the evening for us. Plus a very generous discount at the end which was totally unexpected ensured the night ended on a high.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Had a reservation for 4 @6pm.. arrived at 6:10pm and was told we need to vacate the table at 8pm.. we laughed and said we would swallow our food. We were shown to our seating which consisted of 2 separate tables by the kitchen.. and the hostess said they would join them together. I said we would like to have a better seating arrangement and was told all the tables were reserved.. we stood around for 5 minutes with different hostesses trying to convince us to take the 2 tables. Finally we were given a semi decent table. Food came on time and our server was super gracious and attentive. The manager came over and asked if we were ok... I said no because when I make a reservation, I expect to have a table upon arrival prepared for 4 and not be told I need to vacate the table at a set time. I asked him if this is the way he runs his business and replied no. In the end I found the food very average and would not eat there again. Our bill came and we were comped for the desserts 15 pounds. I wanted to refuse but I also wanted to get out of there. Go anywhere else but here. RUN!!!

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MW
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We read about BB online & our expectations were exceeded in person! The atmosphere, food & service were all fantastic & we look forward to coming back!

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C
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food here, everything had so much flavour! Service was also great with very attentive and polite staff who were able to give good recommendations. Everything was fantastic and we will definitely be back again!

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H
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Indian Bombay street food at another level.
impeccable service
Lively Ambience

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines

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PA
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall food was amazing. We ordered quite a few dishes but the paneer and mushroom tikka dish was outstanding.
Very impressed with the dabba dal.
We wanted to have the jalebi cheesecake but ended up trying the kulfi trio which was pleasant.
Will have to come back for the desserts and some cocktails.

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m
London
11 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service: highly recommend the tasting menu which is paired with some excellent wines. Great value all round.

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CF
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Very impressed with the professional manner of all the staff. Attention to finer details was excellent. Greeted by somebody taking our coats. On taking us to our table the reason for the impressive decor was explained to us. Definitely recommend this place.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, authentically Indian and spice levels were extremely on point. 100% would recommend.

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SA
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, lovely food and service. If i had to be picky I wouldnt order the mango lassi again but will definitely return

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PL
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Poor. Won’t be going back. Benares is far superior.

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AG
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and desserts!Order the pudding with the ice cream-amazing!Special mention to Tassos and Michalis.Both very kind, eager to help with the menu and super efficient!They definitely made our dinner there very special!Thank you guys!

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Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely, the waiter was a bit over keen and so kept asking every 5 minutes if we were okay, it got annoying. Food really nice but quite pricey. Had a very good meal overall.

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P
London
8 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible Indian cuisine , the lamb chops were so tender, a must try! we had a lovely evening with two good friends , the only criticism was the background music was a bit in the foreground and one of our fiends who is deaf in one ear struggled to hear our conversation. Overall a must.

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TG
Aberdeen
4 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Indian meals we've had in a while (and we were in India last year!). Very fresh, flavourful and well spiced food. The express menu is also excellent (great food and value!)

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SP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant with beautiful decor and wonderful service

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V
London
65 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I met up with 4 friends for a great lunch at Bombay Bustle. We selected a wide range of items from the a la carte menu, including several vegetarian options, all of which were excellent. The wine list is good, with Mayfair prices. Service was friendly and attentive

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A
London
29 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved Bombay Bustle, great atmosphere, service and food. We went a la carts as mains on tasting menu not massively inspiring.
Had 4 small plates of guinea fowl, squid, keema pau and duck tikka. Guinea fowl needed more seasoning, keema pau was delicious as was duck tikka, jury out a bit on the squid. Mains we had tawa crab, keralan fish curry, Malabar lamb and Dabba daal. Tawa crab had a lot of masala and I was expecting it to be dry as cooked on a tawa but lovely flavour. Fish and lamb delicious and daal is basic anyway. Had veg biriyani and tandoori roti. Falooda for dessert which was very tasty but too full to finish it.
Great cocktails and wine list
Thoroughly enjoyed and will be back.

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AK
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic food, service and ambience. SO much choice for vegetarians. Can't wait to return!

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v
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Once again had great food and wine too. Although it was unexpectedly quiet

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C
London
6 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great selection of food from north to South Indian cuisine. Innovative ideas in deserts. Would highly recommend.

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MP
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was amazing .service was quick. 10/10 recommended

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mum visiting

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SH
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service with regards to dietary requirements and options for changing dishes to suit. Very helpful advice with regards to drink and food combinations. Discrete and well positioned dining.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BEST Indian food I’ve ever had. The naan was amazing and everything was so flavorful and perfect.

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London
17 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was a hit, only really the chargrilled broccoli missed the mark a little - but that is because I personally am not a huge fan of cardamon.

Service was brilliant - friendly and attentive in equal measure.

Good value, 6 course tasting course in Mayfair for £65!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Indian meal, certainly recommend this restaurant!

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MM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I booked Bombay Bustle based on a friend's recommendation and had dinner with two other friends. Food was excellent - menu mixes some all time Indian favourites with interesting dishes I hadn't seen elsewhere (the venison rogan josh) - and everything was flavourful, fresh, not heavy at all. Service was quick and efficient but I thought the staff were not very knowledgeable about the menu. For example the bar tender gave the impression he really did not know the wine list, which is fine in a pub, but not in a place of this caliber and price range. I only tried the Mad Fox cocktail, which was so disappointing I did not even finish it (basically it's mostly tonic and ice, no gin) and was disappointed it was not taken off our bill even though I asked our waiter to take away a 3/4 full glass and said I did not like it. Overall I would still recommend it because the food was very good, but I am in no rush to go back soon.

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ZM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to Bombay Bustle for my husbands birthday with our two year old in tow. Our table was booked for 6pm. It was quiet when we arrived but picked up as the evening went on. We had the express menu which was excellent value for money. The food was tasty. Fish tikka cooked to perfection. Tangy rich chaat. All the mains were exceptional too. The dessert I have to say was my favourite item of the evening. Cardamom creme brûlée.

I have however given value a 1 rating....As expected a restaurant like this doesn’t have a children’s menu. I requested some plain rice and plain piece of chicken. When the bill arrived to my surprise we had been charged £16 for the chicken an item the waiter had selected from the menu and £3 for the rice. This made up a full third of our whole meal! A hefty price to pay for a child that ate two spoons of rice and a piece of chicken. .

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SK
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent service!!! Definitely will go back again !!

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AM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect service and great food.

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GP
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Such a great experience. What a lovely evening and excellent food/ service/ambiance

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H
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Brilliant food. £65 for the tasting menu was definitely worth it as well. Dishes didn’t have loads of fancy ingredients, but were unbelievably flavoursome. Will return.

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