One of the best things about living in London is the ability to travel around the world by simply hopping on the Underground and crossing beautiful restaurant thresholds. Take for instance Bombay Bustle in the heart of Mayfair – on paper their Samosas Dosas and Mimosas brunch menu is intriguing, but once you pick up your fork, it’s a whole new world of brunch flavour. Disclaimer: We were guests of Bombay Bustle, but all enthusing is entirely my own.
My toes haven’t yet made it to the exotic subcontinent of India, but I do so adore exploring the flavours as often as possible by way of utensil – it’s become by far one of my favourite fares.
The recently launched Sunday brunch menu we tried is a whole new level of palate tickling. Inspired by the bustling metropolis of Mumbai, Bombay Bustle pays gastronomic homage to the culture and people, whose expanse of origins from across India have influenced its culinary history.
Created by Executive Chef Surender Mohan, the Samosas, Dosas & Mimosas menu is inspired by the decadent feasts a slow Sunday morning calls for, with re-creations of some of the Mumbai’s most loved brunch dishes alongside family recipes
You know with a Mimosa menu that you’re in excellent hands from the scrummy Andhra Chilli Spiced Mango through to the Royal Cardamom Infused Peach – and a special mention has to be made of the delicious Kerala Curry Leaves & Ginger Mimosa which was a much needed revitaliser.
We were lucky enough to try a selection of dishes and I actually can’t pick a single favourite, they were all so good. The Masala Akuri Truffle Naan, the scrummy Tameta Per Edu – a baked egg dish with salli & masala tomato, the Ghotala -Lamb Keema, Liver, Brain, Egg, Sourdough Toast which was an exotic version of my homeland’s mince on toast, and last but definitely not least the lip smacking Samosa Papdi Chaat – Punjabi vegetable samosa, wheat crisp, Sev & mint chutney.
It was SO GOOD.
And, that was only round one for our table to hungry influencers. It’s one of those situations where I’m glad we shared and could dip into everything – else I could have been stricken with severe indecision and food envy – never a good thing pre-coffee especially.
Then, then a trio of freshly crafted dosas arrived on our table, a bacon Paratha made of streaky bacon, Junglee Maas & homemade lemon pickle, a delicate egg Appam with Adipoli Shrimp & Vegetable Istew and the Chole Bhaturey of slow cooked chickpeas, dry mango, deep fried bread and pickle.
Tell me this litany of carefully balanced flavour isn’t making you hungry – it’s sure making my mouth water as I remember it.
Next the delicious Sarah Keema Pao, the Chicken Tikka Makhani served alongside freshly baked naan and the perfectly moreish Malabar chicken wings.
Oh, not to mention the kebab platter.
Did you know that the name India is derived from Indus, which originates from the Old Persian word Hindu? The latter term stems from the Sanskrit word Sindhu, which was the historic local name for the Indus River. The ancient Greeks referred to the Indians as Indoi (Ἰνδοί), which translates as “The people of the Indus”.
Just an interesting fact to consider whilst perusing the dessert menu.
Unsurprisingly, we were rather stuffed by this point, so asked the serving team to bring a few of their favourites: the chocolate fudge sundae, a rose Saffron Falooda with vermicelli, reduced milk and rose Kulfi, a dish of Ragi pancakes made from millet flour with fresh mango compote & cinnamon Maple Syrup and best of all, the Jalebi Cheesecake.
The decor is beautiful, from the smallest details to the overall scheme befitting the Mayfair neighbourhood it sits in.
Designed by Fabled Studio, the space reflects the Art Deco buildings juxtaposed with the organised chaos of modern Mumbai. It’s been designed to look like a very chic train carriage, something that the Art Deco crowd would have looked beautiful lounging in. (And, serendipitouly, someone had left their actual luggage with the reception team which made my heart rather happy.)
And all this flavour is only a few minutes walk from the centre of London – no need for a plane ticket or passport, Bombay Bustle is delicious.
When you go to brunch do you pick the same dish every time, or do you go for the most interesting option?
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