Bombay Bustle

4.5
400 reviews
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£25 and under
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Indian
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Spicy
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Indian
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Hours of Operation
Monday to Saturday

Lunch: 12:00 – 14:30 (14:45 last order)

Dinner: 17:30 – 22:30 (22:45 last order)
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Phone number
020 7290 4470
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Surender Mohan
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What 400 People Are Saying
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H
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly staff, good food and drinks in a warm and friendly atmosphere

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GS
London
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall great food. Visiting second time; never disappointed with the food.

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R
London
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great choice across both a la carte and tasting menu. Good choice of cocktails and wine. Very friendly pleasant service with great quality indian food.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Diwali Dinner

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N
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Portions were small and very overpriced and the food was okay nothing exceptional. Pai Bhai was not served as shown on their website in fact it was a tiny portion with very little vegetables and chicken Makhni had 3-4 small pieces of chicken with so much sauce. Disappointed

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambience and great service! The Masala Pao is worth trying!

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GN
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Food, Good service and ambience. Would recommend !

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SK
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great men, and wait staff ar attaentive and always recognise me and asl how `i am doing. It fels like my local and I lvoe it. The waiters are alwyas telling me about new dishes and getting me to try news things which I love. My favorite waiter is Shiraz, I insist ion being served by him as this makes my experince at BB just that bit special.
However your managers have changed and frankly are not a patch on your previous managers who would greet people at the door and ask druing the meal if ebverythig was goiung well. I miss that, as I feel that made you stand out compafred to other places.
A particular manager has seen me come in 3 times in the space of one month, and has never once come and said hi which I find very odd.
I too am in the hsopitality business, and whilst the food and service is important, looking after your regular clientele with simply enagaing in conversation and greeting them goes a long way.
Other freinds of mine who visit the restuanta have said similar comments, so I am not the only one. It's lost its little sparkel I hope you get it back as your food and service is oustanding.

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JZ
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, loved the decoration, food and ambiance

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JA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good quality food, good service and nice atmosphere, a touch on the upper end of the pricing spectrum, but not over the average for equivalent in the area.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing and so many flavours combined together but still keeping the authentic Indian cuisine. Love it!!!
The service is as good as the food. Nothing is never too much to ask. And everyone is so polite!
It’s a pleasure to take family and friends there for a special occasion :)

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NM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The place is overrated. Food is standard and nowhere near how it is perceived. When you dig beneath the presentation and look for depth in taste it falls short. I can't see myself going back.

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SP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Solid food and drinks. Definitely order the ragda patties, lamb chops, daal and paneer masala. Everything was fresh and despite being rich in taste did not feel heavy.

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L
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambience and service. Well cooked and beautifully presented dishes.

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MT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Indian food with a difference. Very good service

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GK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food, service and ambiance, quite a bit more expensive than it should though in my opinion.

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OT
London
18 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious, would recommend

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food and pleasant environment conducive to business discussions

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RW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

starters-good
main course-average
dessert-excellent

tables too closely packed; very noisy, cannot really have a conversation.

service--our waiter was on a mission to get us to leave the restaurant asap. one barely had time to put down the spoon before he was there to ask if we will order something else; was not a pleasant experience to be rushed like that. spoke with the manager ( or someone similar who asked for feedback ) but he did not seem very interested. guess it does not matter once the place is established and up and running.

i had gone to celebrate my daughter's birthday, did not exactly turn out as hoped.

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JG
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very good food and friendly service. I thought however, that it was a bit pricy.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very very good Indian food. Innovative take on classic dishes. Enjoyed it very much!

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NB
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit here and we will definitely be back. The ambience, service and food was fantastic.

We opted for the taster menu as we could not decide as there was so much choice. It was all exceptional !

Looking for an excuse to come back very soon.

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R
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to this restaurant recently and really enjoyed a lovely dinner for two. The service was very good and we were never made to wait for too long, except the order for a second cocktail was forgotten by the bartender and we ultimately decided to cancel it because we were done eating and it had still not arrived. However, it's worth noting that the first cocktail was really well made and the it was a special creation for me as they did not have any vodka based cocktails on the drinks menu. The food was really good, as Indians we are usually very wary of trying new Indian restaurants and we never quite sure what we will discover. But we are glad that this place was wonderful and we are willing to come back despite the forgotten cocktail ;)
Would definitely recommend the trio dosa, appam (hopper), nalli nihari, the dabba dal and the non-vegetarian biryani.

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PL
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service to match. We will certainly go back.

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p
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was incredible! Best indian meal I have had in London

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HO
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our fathers birthday. We were seated at the lower level of the restaurant, which I suppose is less noisy. The atmosphere was great, the pre-dinner gin-drinks were fantastic and the staff was very professional and kind. The food was great too so the overall experience was great.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good but too noisy for a dinner. The service accurate depending on the person attributed to your table. Maybe a little more explanation on the various dished will be helpful being there for the first time.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Good service, a bit too attentive during courses.

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SK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

London has become a no booking Mecca and it’s lovely to have this place that can be booked. My friends from overseas love the food. My parents who are fussy loves the food. Can’t recommend this enough. The seasonal food and variety is outstanding

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l
London
23 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food with balanced flavours and attentive service. Reasonable portion size and friendly staff. Like the quirky interiors and the concept too. We were sat downstairs and partway through the meal there was a strong smell of food being cooked which wafted in and was overpowering for around 20 mins or so. Other than that a good meal and restaurant.

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AS
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favourites. Excellent service. Very good food; always fresh and prepared with care. Excellent menu choice. Very good cocktails! Friendly and efficient staff.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable had a very nice time would go back again

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S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

This was our second visit and while the food is still really good, the service has become overbearing. The waiters kept hovering around us obsessed with keeping our water glasses full at all Times, cutting into conversations and clearing plates when we were still eating.

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F
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, good location, and an interesting menu. However, the quantities are far too low for the price demanded — disappointingly so, because the food is lovely.

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d
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They squeezed us in for anniversary and the waiter was so lovely and attentive. The food is divine, pick small dishes an share. This place has my heart. Thank you BB Xx

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PM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food made with an innovative twist to traditional Indian street food. The train car ambiance and the utensils in which they serve create a nostalgia for anyone who has experienced it. It is an absolute must go to restaurant when in London.

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IB
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Attentive service with very good food. It was full and exciting, but the noise levels did make conversation difficult. I would go again but try to avoid peak hours.

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PT
London
100 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Whilst Indian cuisine is not really my "go to" food for lunch, Bombay Bustle managed to tick a whole load of boxes for me which meant for a very enjoyable lunch. Went for the easy option of ordering the "tiffin box" lunch - one veggie and one non-veggie (as my companion is now vegetarian) and that worked very well, especially with an additional additional paratha. The tiffin dishes were very well judged - and lightly spiced, which works for me as. for some reason, i would prefer to leave heavy spice and heat until later in the day and not be overwhelmed at lunchtime. I particularly enjoy the Dabba Dhal here - it is not too heavy with cream and full of flavour, unlike a similar dish at Dishoom which I found hard going. Also special notes for the Rarah Keema Pao and the Misal Pao in the non-veg and veg tiffin boxes respectively. This was my second time here and would definitely return. I also like the space - although partly because I have many happy memories of splendid meals here in the room's old guise as Claude Bossi's Hibiscus but this is a worthy replacement in a totally different way

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HD
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Indian restaurants in the heart of London!

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D
London
12 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great, tasty food and staff were lovely. Casual feel, comfort food menu - a bit on the pricey side given that but food was good quality and overall experience good.

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