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Nov 1, 2007 01:19 PM

Bombay Grill on Bee Caves

Anyone else been here?

I've been thrice for their lunchtime buffet and haven't been disappointed yet. Fresh salad offerings, along with a nice display of Indian favorites. Butter Chicken, Mattar Paneer, Saag Paneer, Chicken Tandoori, Samosas, ect. My boyfriend and I always go at about 12:15 and the restaurant has been nearly empty each time. The waiter is always very friendly and prompt with our water refills. The Butter Chicken is fairly heavy on the coriander, which is just the way I like it. The sauce isn't too heavy on the butter, so the dish doesn't come out as greasy as some other BC dishes I've tried.

Just wanted to see what others thoughts were on the place, and why more people don't seem to gravitate towards their very decently priced lunch buffet. My boyfriend and I each get the buffet and tea for $20 walk out.

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  1. I've tried this place a few times, but I'm afraid that I thought it was pretty awful. Dishes sampled included several kinds of dry naan and bland curries; poorly-executed, odd-tasting appetizers (like the samosas); average—at best—biryani; and an inedible tandoori chicken. I don't think you could pay me $20 to eat there again. Mine is just one more opinion, but I find their food incredibly undelicious.

    There have been been several discussions of "the best" local Indian places on this board, which you may have missed (since you seem to be a new poster). If you're interested, you can find these past reviews by using the "search this board" link at the top of this page. Should you check them out, let us know what you think of these other offerings in comparison to the Bombay Grill.

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    1. re: MPH

      I second that emotion. I work in the same strip center, & when I want Indian I go up north to Bombay Bistro or Taj Palace. Bombay Grill stinks.

      1. re: stellawine

        third for the opinion. I ate there once. I didn't get the buffet, but I thought the food was pretty lousy for Indian. We'll drive to Bombay Bistro or Swad instead. The Bombay Grill is about 5 minutes from my house, and even that can't get me to go back. We got the Saag Paneer and I think it has 2 pieces of cheese total as an entree for 2 people. huh?

      2. re: MPH

        The only other indian I've had in Austin is home-cooked indian and Clay Pit, which I didn't think was as amazing as everyone else seems to think. My tastes for indian might be different than others considering I haven't eaten a ton of it, but I thought Bombay was pretty tasty.

        1. re: Johnny Thunders

          We also generally prefer Bombay Bistro or Taj Palace. Yesterday, ironically, I needed to be over in the same shopping center (drop off grandchild at bi-lingual preschool) and decided to give the Bombay Grill a try after giving up on it over a year ago. Yesterday, anyway, the buffet was delicious. Maybe they got a new chef. Anyway, it goes back on my list.

      3. I do believe that Bombay Grill has a new chef. I have been going there for the buffet for over a year now. It used to be just occassionally, but in the past few months it has improved so drastically that it is now our only Indian Buffet. We have cut Taj Palace as well as Star of India. If you haven't been in a while, I recommend giving it another try.

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        1. re: Lola_Tx

          I went yesterday actually. I work just up the street so it's really convenient for lunch. I sampled a bit of everything and only the samosas lacked anything...they were way too mild to me.

          1. re: Lola_Tx

            Thanks for posting the update on the new chef at Bombay Grill, Lola_Tx. I'm not sure when the change-over in the kitchen occurred, but my last visit was within the past few weeks (since Cafe Brix closed). On that occasion I sampled the vegetable samosas (pale, crisp, and disappointingly non-greasy, with a terribly under-spiced filling), shrimp biryani (dry and bland rice; tiny, rubbery shrimp), and the naan (texture was dry, thick, and pillowy, not crispy on edges; flavor was nonexistent—not even salt). A colleague ordered the Rogan Josh, a somewhat spicy, oily, tomato- and cream-based lamb curry, and called it decent—for bland, Americanized North-Indian-style food. I can't personally confirm or deny that, since a taste was not proffered to me, although this colleague and I have similar tastes in other kinds of food. I didn't partake of the lunch buffet.

            I'm not sure that I've dined at the Bombay Grill often enough to notice a sudden, significant improvement over my previous visits, but I'll take your word for it. However, I have eaten there often enough to know that I don't find their food to be delicious.

            1. re: MPH

              I realized that for some reason I haven't had Indian food in Austin, despite the fact that I've really enjoyed it in other cities. This thread inspired me to give it a try, Given the mixed reviews, I wasn't expecting too much, but it's always best to start low.

              I tried the Baingan Bharta and the aforementioned Rogan Josh. I can confirm what your colleague said. The lamb dish was decent--the flavors of the spices were balanced with each other, but overall were too mild and somewhat overpowered by what seemed to be excessive creaminess.

              The eggplant dish was much less enjoyable. At its heart, this seemed to be an unseasoned combination of eggplant, tomato, and onion. I'm just guessing here, but it seems that someone noticed that it was bland and decided to throw in a lot of chiles. I like heat, but only when it is integral to the flavor. In this case, it threw the balance way off. (Imagine throwing a couple of handfuls of salt into a soup if you think it's a little low on flavor.)

              I'm guessing that some of the more renowned places further north and east will be more to my liking.

              1. re: MPH

                I've been going there for years with a friend who is crazy about it. We almost always eat from the buffet. On our last couple of visits I have remarked that there must be a new chef in the kitchen. The Madras soup has always been reliable for me, and now suddenly it is even much better. Other perceived improvements are more subtle, but I did notice them. My friend, alas, thinks the changes are for the worse. Anyway, while I (still) don't think it's great, I've never thought it was horrible. Oh, they usually have a red hot chutney (or relish) that will zip up anything that's too bland. Just my two cents' worth.


              2. re: Lola_Tx

                I hope that is true. I used to go often (about 3 years ago) and it was quie good. I was there about 6-8 months ago and it seemed to have declined dramatically. I won't rehas the detail due to the (positive?) change. Will try again.

              3. I just tried Bombay Bistro on Research a couple weeks ago... what a jewel. Definitely better than Bombay Grill and a larger selection of food during their weekend lunch buffet. Amazing selection of items, including some kind of tapas-like appetizer that is great. Multiple curries to choose from, awesome waitstaff that is eager to give you suggestions. Recommended much more highly than Bombay Grill!