Bombay Bustle

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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 on 8 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Just really wasn’t up to much ...

Cobra in pewter tankards, Er ... no.

Beef on bone was tough, should be easily removed.

Multiple waiting staff mixed up our dishes (on a table for 2: how hard can they be).

Goan Fish curry okay but no more.

Popadoms more like skips (remember them).

Maybe just trying too hard to be differentiate and just maybe need to focus more on the food and service.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Locale carino ma molto rumoroso.

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P
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always eat here when in London. Fabulous setting-like being on a train in India, and staff and food are fantastic!

GR
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We went for my husband’s birthday and it was definitely an experience! A little pricey but worth it for a special occasion. Friendly staff, lovely decor and great food!

P
London
37 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit on a recommendation. The food was different enough without losing touch with good standard indian food. Very attentive staff and no rush when lunch was over.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Thumping music has to go! Food was great, but unexpected ‘club’ atmosphere

t
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Generally positive experience. Service was somewhat awkward (I had a hard time with my waiters accent) and a little pushy, but food and ambience were delightful.

C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding experience - the Express Menu was top notch, the staff were everywhere and yet unobtrsusive. Can't wait to go back,

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

Excellent food at a reasonable price. Sadly, however, the blaring "ultra" type "techno" music (particularly the unending bass beat drowning out any suggestion of actual music) makes what could be a pleasant dining experience into nothing less than torture.

That said, there is also the issue of a relatively young wait staff whose hearing will surely suffer over time.

Perhaps for some who are considering enjoying the food, "take away" would be an option (just keep your fingers in your ears if you need to wait for your package).

JH
London
8 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, cocktails and wine. Service a little slow on this occasion.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fav Indian

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner with relative from NZ

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I thought the service was excellent, staff were attentive and friendly. Drinks were brilliant! I must say it is a little overpriced but definitely worth a visit. Special birthday cake came out too which was a pleasant surprise!

LD
London
51 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

I had an extremely disappointed experience at Bombay Bustle. The service standards had really dropped since my last visit - we struggled to get waiters to bring us a drinks menu, to get additional drinks and even to pay - our waiter walked off halfway through us paying with 50% of the bill outstanding - we had to insist we hadn't finished paying and spent a while waiting for someone to come back. The manager seemed distracted and disinterested (I understand it was not the usual manager) but he did not seem to want to help or take interest in our table which was a shame.
My biggest concern was that both my friend and I returned to our separate houses that evening and both experienced severe stomach cramps and were both very ill that night and the following day. We reported to the restaurant who insisted it couldnt' be their fault and were very unhelpful/unsympathetic. I have insisted the incident is investigated further as I do not want other guests to have similar problems.
Unsurprisingly, I will not be returning again!

NK
London
19 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great restaurant. A little too dark in the restaurant but food, service & quality all 100%.

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They charge £8 for some kind of dip sauce. Don’t be fooled by the small dish price. There are a lot of surcharges that you never heard of. Maybe it’s just happened for some visitors like us

MS
Dubai
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was not fresh

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Bombay Bustle. It never disappoints. In my view, it’s the best Indian restaurant in London

HS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Buzzy evening place, perfect for an evening out, a lively business supper or friends. Service was attentive and friendly, food was delicious and the whole ambience made it a great experience.

PM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, great service. Subtle spicy flavors. Very kind and attentive staff.

JB
London
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our meal at Bombay Bustle, attentive and friendly service and delicious mains. The only bad comment would be that the starter (we shared the dosas) were a bit bland and we asked for our mains to be spicy and they weren’t spicy enough. Would recommend on the whole though.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most Indianan restaurants in london

SS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

amazing food and great service. my only constructive feedback would have to be the music, there is no need for deep house or hectic music during lunch time if anything it is the only thing that puts me off from visiting.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a lovely meal and some great drinks!

J
Western NC
13 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Not great. Food quality was not good. Waiter rushed and made strong recommendations that we did not favor.

Z
London
27 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

A great evening and fantastic service from Mohammed. The only issue was at the beginning of evening when we were placed right next to the big TV screen on the lower ground floor, having been assured that the cricket would stop at 6pm. Thankfully we were moved to the ground floor which didn't have a TV!

FS
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our waiter was excellent- he did us a happy anniversary dessert on the house and was generally wonderful. I found it troubling to discover that this restaurant does not pass on the service charge to staff- which sadly does make me much less inclined to visit here again.

a
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been there about half a dozen times. This was the most disappointing visit as the drinks were pretty bad. The food was very much as before and standard but the drinks we ordered (We ordered 2 mimosas and 1 cocktail) were a big let down. Would really appreciate some feedback on this from the restaurant.

SB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic - well done to staff for great service too...definitely will go back soon

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came back for a second Sunday in a row and Bombay Bustle did not disappoint! A wonderful dining experience with fantastic food and amazing service.

l
London
26 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the many return visits to this centrally located venue with good food, excellent customer service, nice cocktails and a charming concept. Restaurant can get noisy based on where you are seated especially at busy times. The small bar means you may have to decamp to one of the many local venues for a pre- \ post- drink. Bit on the pricier side and would appreciate team being a bit more subtle about 2 hour table turnaround (appreciate required if diners waiting), especially if table being vacated before the end of 2 hr slot. Food and service are great.

K
London
26 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great, enjoyed the food. Absolutely tasty and wonderful sevrice!

s
London
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It is always a bit of a treat to join you - enjoy the relaxed atmosphere

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The restaurant had a nice atmosphere and good decor. The staff were attentive. The food was good in terms of portions. Quality was not too bad, some dishes came out rather quickly making me question the fresh-ness

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely as always

L
Frankfurt Area
8 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Bombay Bustle and go every week. My Indian friends all say it is the most authentic place they've been to in London!

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab food! Dahl was tops.

W
London
8 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time to the restaurant. Could not fault our evening. Super food, helpful, cheerful staff and great ambience. Will definitely return. Thank you Bombay Bustle!

JH
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and great service. Helpful waiters gave good advice on what to eat and drink

UR
London
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We ordered a number of dishes, the starter was excellent, vegetable stew was not good at all, I think smaller Resturant’s serve them much better and the tandoori chicken was extremely spicy with very little salt. Despite booking a table we had to wait at the bar for 20 mins.

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