Today I visited the new Bombay Bar & Kitchen on upper Central Ave (next to Kurver Kreme). It was lunch time so I decided to try their lunch buffet $9.99. I was very pleased.
The buffet had a nice selection. The cold area of the buffet had two different salads plus a chana chaat. The steam table included 12 dishes: Samosa, Chicken Pokada, an eggplant dish, a mushroom dish, Chana Masala, Plantain Poriyal, Goat Curry, Chicken Tandoori, Chicken Vindaloo, Chicken Tikka, plain rice, and vegetable rice. A basket of warm naan is brought to your table. There were also two desserts: fruit salad with mango crème and warm carrot halwa.
Service was friendly and attentive. The food was all lovely and fresh. Spicing was on the lighter side allowing the flavors of the vegetables to really come through. It was a surprise to see samosa on a buffet. They were light, flaky and tender despite sitting on the steam table. Having never had the plantain dish before and finding it very nice, I asked the waiter what goes into it. He said they boil the shredded plantain briefly, then saute it with curry leaves, mustard seeds, and turmeric. So simple but so nice. He also said that they vary the dishes on the buffet. Thus you may not get exactly the same selection if you go.