Austin >Bombay Bistro
Worst Restaurant in Austin -- Period.
I agree with Prince07 comments fully.
I too had similar bad experience with this restaurant. Couple of my friends had same experiences as well. I have not come across a restaurant in Austin that is as bad as this restaurant. I usually do not take time to write a bad review, but I felt like it is my responsibility to share my views as I hear more number of people talking about the same problems with this restaurant.
The biggest problem with this restaurant is that the food they serve is close to getting stale or outright spoiled. You can see that it is too old and the smell says it all. I too had similar experience as Prince07 with the manager of this restaurant. It was embarassing to get shouted at when I said that the food looks stale and tastes bad. They do not seem to care for the health-related effects on their customers. Not only my experience, but I also heard from couple of my friends that they also had the same experience and they also experienced rude responses from the people who run the restaurant.
I wonder if it is even legal to serve such food. I am sure some day someone will get seriously ill after they eat at this restaurant and the government will do something about this place.
I would echo the previous post and say that you think twice before you go to this restaurant or don't expect good food and service.
bad @overall. i really dnt know wht is going on this restaurant ,food wht they serve is a spoil r too old one by they way itz smell n taste i feel .i ask abt this with black tall guy seems to be manager ,the way he talks /argue with me in a loud voice put me ina embarasment wiyh my friends and relatives around me.guys think abt going here b4 or dn't expect good food r service .
Best Darn Indian Food in Town.
My DH and I came here as a "special occassion" type of thing. Upon walking in, the interior boasts of lush red tones and curvy architectural attention. The lighting is nice and dim/soft. My husband ordered samosas, which are flaky savory pastries with vegetables tucked inside served with a sweetish sauce, chiken curry with basmati rice and naan bread. I ordered mutton in a brown gravy with stir fried vegetables, a chai tea, and a glass of wine. The staff was very attentive and stoically courteous. I literally felt special, like a VIP. While there, it appeared they may have been hosting an event of some sort. So many young adults were showing up and it was so neat to see the ladies coming in with their beautiful and delicately crafted sari's just added to the mesmerizing effect of seeing another culture's customs etc.
The menu provided ample description for those first timers, or indian food-challenged. EVERYTHING we ordered was delicious. It was also more food that I was expecting. The only thing I could find to gripe about is that my stir fried veggies were SO SPICY, I couldn't finish them.
It's a bit pricey. I'd say about $60.00 after tip and all, but for feeling like a super star for a night, and the ambiance, and great food, it's SO WORH IT. Also, in their defense, they have 2 person meal specials for under $40. A couple at a table next to me ordered it, and it was just a smorgasborg of food. I would have ordered that, but alas, it has seafood in it somewhere, and my husband is a very picky eater. Marine fare being one of his least favorites.
Surprisingly bad. My family and I are new to Austin, and generally the dining experiences have been wonderful. As a result, when looking for a nearby decent Indian, I was surprised to find pretty much everywhere had some bad reviews. I discounted this as grumbly patrons and drove to the Bombay Bistro. Well, humble pie is the best thing I tasted tonight - the food from the Bombay was pretty awful. Specifics - chicken tikka masala was burnt (how?), lamb rogan josh was bland and fatty, mixed vegetable starter was greasy and bland. Naan below average. Very disappointing - I guess we're a long way from India here in Texas, but most indians here seem to get terrible reviews. We had tried the Clay Pit before, and that was pretty good.
Horrible food and horrible service. We went to Bombay Bistro with my husband's colleagues who had been raving about the food at Bombay Bistro for months. We had a reservation for 6 people so, we were promptly seated but everything went downhill from there. In order to get a glass of water and place our orders we had to call manager because we were not approached by a single server for almost 20 minutes. We ordered a couple of assorted appetizers, which were pretty nondescript. They took their own sweet time in getting the entrees, which were not too great either. I had ordered paneer do piaza, which was ok but I have had better. My husband had ordered Seekh Kebab, which was so bad that he stopped eating it after a couple of bites and decided to share my paneer dish. After finishing dinner we had to wait for 20-30 minutes for our check (my husband again had to ask the manager because for some strange reason the servers there do not make eye contact). Overall an extremely disappointing experience.
Horrible Biryani and Kababs - Shame.
Oh Well, where should I begin, I read some reviews here and wanted to try the food out, went in for a takeout and was impressed by the interior , looked at the long menu , first thing to put me off were the exorbitant prices, come on 14-15 bucks for a dish in a strip mall ? they sell similar stuff in Dallas and Houston for 1/3 the price
I decided to try two lamb dishes because that's where you judge the quality of a chef, at least a desi chef.
Hyderabadi Lamb Biryani and Muradabadi Boti Kabab.
The Boti Kabab looked nice in color, but smelled bland, and when I tasted it, they were blander than what I thought it would be , it also had the raw smell that remains if you don't use proper seasoning, hell it did not even have salt. felt like a patient on a non-salt diet. 15 bucks down the drain.
Now tro the biryani, my expectations were pretty low after tasting the boti kabab but was hoping for a surprise . Guess what i was in for a surprise but in the same direction of the kabab, this was one of the worst biryani I ever had.
The only Hyderbadi flavor in the biryani was that it resembeled Basmati rice mixed with lamb and Hyderabadi achaar ( Indian Pickles ) it was horrible, I dont know what the chap does but he cannot cook biryani even if his life depended on it.
Places like these should be closed down, or should rename themselves as Soviet Bistro, Any shack in New York has better food that this.
In summary its nothing indian in the food other than the names. Austin never fails to depress me when it comes to Indian Food.
good indian buffet. my indian friend kept suggesting this place, because he said it taste pretty authentic. we never went until just recently. we went during the lunch buffet. the service wasn't bad like the other reviews suggested, but maybe because we went during the later part of the lunch and it wasn't too crowded. the food was good. there were also choices for vegetarians. their mango lassi wasn't bad either. good place to go if you're looking to satisfy some indian food craving.
Worst Service Ever!. Went with a group of four on a Thursday evening and had the absolute worst service ever. Waited more than 45 minutes for our food, when there were only 5 other tables in the restaurant. Our server did not even apologize and had no personality what so ever. The only thing good about this restaurant is leaving. I am not a type of person to complain, but the food was awful, there was no light, and the service was the worst I've ever had. Will never go here again.
Horrible Food, Worst Service in Austin, Stay Away.
Bombay Bistro has recently been hailed as ?the crown jewel? and the newest Indian venture in the Austin restaurant scene. If this restaurant is considered as the best place to get Indian food, we are sorely disappointed in the Indian restaurant offerings in Austin. Maybe this is an indication that we are being called for a higher purpose!
We started the meal with a round of Kingfisher beers, samosas and pakoras (fried vegetable fritters). These were pretty standard and we moved on to the main dishes. That being said, we did quite enjoy the Tandoori items, in particular the Murgh Malai Kabab (chicken marinated in creamy sauce and grilled in the clay pit) and the Lucknowi Seekh Kabab (ground lamb kebabs jazzed up with Indian spices and grilled). The meats were tender and infused with flavors. The naan (puffy bread made in the clay pit) was again pretty standard for an Indian restaurant.
For curries, we got the Lamb Korma, the Chiken Tikka Masala and the Paneer Chili (paneer is a homemade cow?s milk cheese). These were sorely disappointing as they didn?t adhere to the cardinal rule of Indian cooking of layering of flavors. The curries were bland and the service was appalling. We waited for more than a half hour for our meal on a Wednesday night at 6:30 pm. There was no excuse as the restaurant was barely full!
The worst, however, was yet to come. After much deliberation, we decided to indulge in some dessert and chose the cardamom creme brulee as it sounded like an interesting fusion of eastern and western flavors. Big mistake! The whole thing was so overcooked that it tasted like scrambled eggs and the sugar on top had been burnt to a crisp! Lesson learned: never go for the ?fusion? type desserts at Bombay Bistro!
i'm indian and love it. this place is by far the best indian food from a restaurant i've had. i went for dinner so i can't speak to the buffet, but the food and service was fantastic. i judge restaurants like these by their sauces, the raita was excellent. the biryani was spiced to perfection. my sister had a veggie sampler type of plate and it was fantastic all around. the mango daquiri was the perfect end. go crazy here, the people are nice and the food is tasty.
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