The Bombay Diaries recently opened up its doors to the public and is set to devour their taste buds with its scintillating food.
Headed by Chef Deepu Alamchandani and under the Three Wise Monks Hospitality, you can expect top notch stuff at TBD.
Based around the Bombay taxi theme, the waiters are cab drivers while the captains are our honest traffic policemen.
The drinks are given a Bollywood twist with names like ‘Paaji ka Panja’, ‘Chikni Chameli’ and ‘Drink Master Gogo’ and cost merely Rs. 150/-. Live music is something you can expect here almost everyday.
We started off with the Stuffed Paneer Tikka – a TBD signature. Two cottage cheese cubes stuffed with processed cheese, herbs and spices were fried like a pakoda. It was a new and interesting combination of textures and flavours.
The Corn Karari Tikki had Indian spiced corn cutlet coated with cornflakes. The texture of the tikki was brilliant. It had just the right amount of crunch and the taste too, was pretty good.
The Murgh Seekh Gilafi was served in a truck. It was basically minced chicken with assorted peppers combined with Indian spices. However I felt that the cardamom was a little overpowering in this one.
TBD Special Murgh Tikka, another TBD signature had chicken breast stuffed with spicy, flavourful minced chicken and was topped off with cheese. The chicken was tender, cooked well and was bang on the flavours.
The Mutton Seekh Lucknowi had succulent minced mutton with saffron and other spices. It was smoked in a jug giving it the smoky flavour which just took the dish to another level.
The Kurkuri Bhindi Masala had crispy okra served over an onion gravy. While I expected the okra to go soggy over the gravy, it surprisingly retained its crispness and went well with the gravy.
The mighty Dal Bukhara, a TBD signature was a superb preparation of black lentils slowly cooked overnight with the chef’s mildly spiced gravy containing desi ghee, cream and butter. It was unlike any other dal I had had and I was completely mind blown. It was absolutely creamy to the core. The TBD Butter Naan went hand in hand with the Dal Bukhara. Give me these two and I’ll be sorted for life.
The Murgh Adraki had chicken simmered in a garlic and ginger paste and served in light cashew nut gravy. It was a creamy gravy with decent flavours and the chilli cheese garlic naan paired well with this.
The Nalli Nihari, another carnivore TBD signature was a mildly spiced stew consisting of slow cooked lamb. This was cooked in the traditional copper vessels to give it more of an authentic feel and the chef was able to deliver it.
We ended our meal with some hot Gulab Jamun and Gajar ka Halwa.
Chef Deepu and The Bombay Diaires Team have done a brilliant job with the place and the food and this yellow taxi is here to stay. Wish them the best of luck!