Would we go back:
820 Marquette Ave
• Veggie Sampler | Pakora, Samosa, Paneer Pakora and Aloo Tikki with sauce $6.95 (shared)
• Navaratan Korma-Assortment of fresh vegetables and cheese cooked in a cream sauce $10.95
• Gulab Jamun-Deep fried wheat and milk balls, soaked in sugar syrup $2.95 (shared)
I must say, I did not expect much from this restaurant. I had walked by it a number of times in my work downtown and just never had the urge to walk in, so when we pulled it out of the basket, I was less than enthused.
I should know better by now, not to judge a book by it's cover as they say, and not judge a restaurant by its street appeal. This is not the best Indian in town, I think a place we haven't reviewed yet holds that title, but it holds it's own. Since it is downtown it is a bit more expensive than other Indian restaurants in the city, however it is still a better value than many other restaurants downtown.
I really liked my dish, it was appropriately spicy and very tasty. The veggie sampler was a nice way to sample a bunch of appetizers and I enjoyed most of them. The dessert, I could have and probably should have done without.
If you work or live downtown, I would check this place out, it may be a great alternative to some of the other options. I am not sure it is worth the drive downtown just to go there, though.
• Lamb Xecutti-Spicy lamb stew from Goa, India $12.95
7-7-7 turned out to be a lucky day as we had a good meal at Bombay Bistro in downtown Minneapolis . Indian is not really popular in the U.S. , let alone the upper Midwest , so I was a little leery of what we would encounter. Would this just be a quick service bomb or an unfamiliar surprise? We found a well run establishment that makes fine Indian food and aims to please.
One indication of this was a comment overheard at a nearby table: “I’ve had an Indian dish before where the chicken was cubed and it was in an orange sauce.” Really. That narrows it down. I was rolling my eyes, but the server didn’t blink when he suggested some possible entrees. When we ordered, he asked, “Would you like that mild, medium, hot, or Indian hot?” Really. I’m flattered that an Indian restaurant doesn’t assume that all Minnesotans have week constitutions. Nevertheless, the “hot” was as much as I could handle, and I can usually handle spicy food.
I highly recommend the veggie platter to first-time diners at Bombay Bistro. It gives you a great sample of several vegetable based appetizers without charging a bundle; it was the average price of an appetizer at most restaurants. Everything on the platter was standard by my recollection, but the price was hard to beat for that variety. I also highly recommend the Lamb Xecutti , a delicious spicy lamb stew. We had the choice of rice or fresh-baked naan (bread) with the entrée. In retrospect, as delectable as the warm naan was, I would order the rice with the Lamb Xecutti the next time so that the rice could soak up some of the stew. Finally, the Gulab Jamun was devilishly, sugarishly good. The description does not do the dessert justice. The sugar syrup coated everything and provided a unique ending to the meal.
The down low: Bombay Bistro is a reasonably priced ethnic restaurant in downtown Minneapolis with good service that leaves you satisfied. It is neither upscale nor poorly appointed. It’s not necessarily a destination restaurant, but a good option should you look for good, standard Indian food downtown.
July 7, 2007