Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Rate-A-Restaurant #242: Bombay Cafe

Restaurant: Bombay Cafe

Location: 12021 Pico Blvd. (West L.A.)

Type of restaurant: Indian

We stipulated: We happened to be on the westside (a rare visit for us) and Indian sounded appealing.

They stipulated: "Featuring home style dishes from the North, South and center of India, the menu includes several vegetarian items as well as 'street food' introduced to Los Angeles by Bombay Cafe. All are designed to communicate our enthusiasm for one of the world's greatest cuisines."

What we ordered: Palak paneer ($8.95), naan ($4), mirch-masala tikka (chicken) ($13.95), rice ($5.95)

High point: The naan was nice -- thin and buttery. And the paneer was a winner, with a nice sweetness to it.

Low point: The chicken tikka was too dry and a bit tough. (Nice minty dip sauce though.)

Overall impression: It's hard to come by decent Indian food in Los Angeles proper. (We still swear by Electric Lotus, but even that is hit or miss.) I'm afraid the Bombay Cafe is too pricy for its small portions. Two orders of naan equaled $8 -- that's just wrong.

Chance we'll go back: Unlikely -- it's not close to us, and the high prices turned us off.

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