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Bombay Bar and Grill, Lee, MA

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mvi Jul 2, 2007 05:54 PM

I never would have gone into the Best Western in Lee, MA., had it not been for several reviews and recommendations for the Bombay Bar and Grill. It is an undistinguished building just outside of Lee, with nothing to remark on except a large parking lot in front and a lake view out the back. Several friends and I decided to go out for dinner at the last minute, and many of us wanted Indian food, so we ended up here. And we were glad we did.

Don't go for the atmosphere. Although the lake was pretty and we saw a huge rainbow out the window as the sky turned from sunny to overcast and rainy, you are in a Best Western and you won't forget it. The room was crowded, noisy and cold, with the air conditioner sending arctic air right onto two members of the group who soon went out to the car for fleece jackets. And don't go for the service which is impersonal and not easy on the hungry diner, with many delays. Go for the food- it is excellent.

We decided to share our dishes and I do not eat red meat any more so I can not comment on any of those entrees, but what I was able to participate in made me wish I lived a lot closer so I could go for take out, sit at the bar on my own or participate in their famous buffet.

We started with the Bhel Poori, a delicious cold melange of puffed rice with spices that included tamarind and coriander, and onion. We could not get enough. It was very light and perfectly seasoned. I then had the Chicken Kashmiri with a side of mango chutney. The sauce with the chicken was just delicious- a cream sauce with almond and cashews. I sampled a friend's Palak Paneer- excellent, but I liked my chicken more and was getting reluctant to share it. Delicious nan cost an extra $3 but it was worth it. I had wine by the glass- nothing great.

The prices are very reasonable and we were all very happy at the end of the meal, with two people even happier than the others as they took home the leftovers.

On the way out I asked for a menu to bring home and was told quite abruptly that they did not have any, but I found some in the lobby, along with some maps and brochures for visiting tourists. In my mind, the service really lacks some personality and that was a real flaw, but next time I want some good Indian food in the Berkshires, I will probably end up back at the Bombay Bar and Grill, knowing this is the case. It looks like the same people run some restaurants in CT and NY state, and I have no idea if those are any good, but this was terrific food. Who would have thought that a Best Western hid such an interesting place?