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Bombay restaurant: a review

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Bombay restaurant: a review

foodiejudy | Feb 20, 2005 09:04 PM

Dinner at Bombay restaurant, an unassuming, small place in the White Oak shopping Center on New Hampshire Avenue (1.5 miles outside of the Beltway), began with delicious, fragrantly seasoned, ground chicken and vegetable-filled samosas which had been fried to a perfect crisp, and complimentary pappadam, the Indian crispy flatbread made of lentil flour and similarly delicious, especially dipped in the accompanying coriander sauce and chutney. Subsequent entrees ordered were as follows: Lamb Korma, chunks of tender lamb cooked in a creamy sauce redolent of almonds, cinnamon, a very exotic-tasting dish that at times hinted at licorice; Goat Curry, chunks of goat, unfortunately not as tender as the lamb, some of which were attached to bones, in a darker gravy that, while nice and spicey, wasn't as complex and interesting-tasting; and sauteed okra, a big hit in my book with the okra sauteed to a perfect crispness and mixed with sliced onion, garlic, and ginger. One bite of ginger hit my mouth just right. One could choose either rice or naan to accompany each entree and I would choose the naan because, although the rice is good, long-grain basmati cooked well, the naan is more sinfully delicious and comforting, heated in the tandoori oven and brushed with butter (Ooh...who cares about calories?). For dessert, two of us ordered the pistachio Kulfi ice cream and one of us ordered the Kheer, or Indian rice pudding. The Kheer won out for me because the Kulfi was hard as a rock, prompting jokes along the lines of "may we have a stick of dynamite with this?", and tasted strangely of cheese, more savory than sweet. The rice pudding was comforting and not too runny as it sometimes is in some Indian restaurants. The atmosphere inside wa cozy with attractive, art deco-style blue and gold sconces on the walls and the waitresses dressed in gorgeous saris. Be advised: make a reservation to go there ahead of time for dinner and even for lunch (at lunchtime they have a great buffet for $8.00) as Bombay is a small restaurant and was just given a glowing review in the Washington Post Weekend section.

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