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Best Indian in Austin––Bombay Bistro?

reebs26 Dec 6, 2006 11:06 PM

Looking for a place with good standard dishes--butter chicken, saag paneer, vegetable korma. I hear Bombay Bistro is pretty good. Is it the best Indian restaurant in Austin?

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    avi Dec 7, 2006 01:21 AM

    Best? ... I don't know, but the lunch buffet is good. Better yet are the chafing dishes used for it. The buffet presentation and the semi-high end look of the place certainly is one of the best in town. My only suggestion for improvement so far (aside from the under-moist tandoori chicken that I've experienced): perhaps the manager could bicker with the staff in private ...

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      TAF Dec 13, 2006 07:53 PM

      I eat at BB regularly. I'd say it's currently the best Indian in town, although be aware that their chef (Uncle) recently returned to Toronto after having tutored his replacement, and the service can get a little sloppy in the evenings. BTW I highly recommend the spicy lamb kadhai, which isn't on the menu but they'll make it for you.

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      sweetbasil Jan 9, 2007 03:03 PM

      I've had outstanding Indian (N & S) at Chola in Round Rock. It rivals some of the best I've had in NY & Chicago.

      1. Jasmine_White Mar 12, 2009 10:24 AM

        I love the Sunday buffet. The food tastes very fresh and clean, some are buttery but never greasy. The subtle flavors in the same dishes do vary from week, sometimes a dish is excellent and on other days the dish is just pretty good. Some people like consistency. Me, I like being suprised. So it works for me.

        I love the decor, the staff is friendly. I used to live in San Jose, California which is packed with Indian Restaurants and Indian customers. That's the closest I have come to authentic Indian food. I have been to every Indian restaurant in Austin and in my opinion Bombay Bistro is number one! Now this opinion is swayed somewhat by the chutneys. Bombay Bistro has the best Tamarind and the best Cilantro Chutney. They also have a great selection of soups. Always fresh and tasty. The Afgani Tandoori Chicken is to die for, so tender and tasty. I'm getting hungry...

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          italyvespa Mar 17, 2009 03:06 PM

          I love this place. I don't eat Indian food much, but Bombay Bistro is my favorite. Before they came along, The Clay Pit was my favorite.

          1. amykragan Mar 17, 2009 05:50 PM

            Can't say it's the best, but Sarovar does the buffet at lunch that has all the standards: Butter chicken, 2 kinds of naan, several curries, tandori chicken, tamarind soup, paneer, korma, etc. around $10 buffet is only at lunch. Dinner is ala carte

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              zetetic Mar 17, 2009 07:54 PM

              I'm a big fan of Bombay Bistro - both the lunch buffet and the "dinner for two" (which I usually split with my roommate). I have heard that the Clay Pit is thought to be the best Indian in Austin, but although I do love their food I believe Bombay is comparable.

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                kannforbes Mar 18, 2009 07:14 PM

                Star of India also rocks! Their curry is excellent, and their buffet is really good.

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