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May 13, 2009 06:23 PM

Bombay Cafe on Pico?


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  1. We like it when we're in the mood for an upscale, date night type of evening out. Food is generally good and expensive for Indian food. They have an imported beer "Himalayan Blue" that I really crave. Good tandoori mixed plate with beef, shrimp chicken and lamb. The lamb "frankie" which is an Indian burrito is quite tasty and not available other places that we go.

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    1. re: Servorg

      The chef at Neela Paniz' Bombay Cafe moved to old town Pasadena and started All India Cafe several years ago. He serves the lamb and vegetable "frankies" there as well - so Servorg give that a try.

      For my money, the frankies - beach food from Bombay's Chowpatty beach - pale in comparison to Calcutta's street food version of chicken roll. But sadly, none available outside New York city (which serves a pale imitation). I have been thinking of getting a cook from Calcutta and starting a "Kogi Truck" for Indian tacos and street food for some time. Not sure if this is the best time to do so.

      1. re: suvro

        Todays Washington Post covers Washington's Kogi-style Indian Truck ... and Kogi as well. With a photo gallery:

    2. I don't go to Bombay Cafe as much as I used to in the old days when it was in a mini-mall, but the two things I really like are the cauliflower frankie and the chicken soup. I always get both with extra chilies. I think the Chai is really good also and thankfully it is unsweetened (add your own sweetner if you like). The lemon soda drink is good also and I like the almond cake dessert.

      An Indian kogi truck sounds awesome.

      1. It's tasty, overpriced casual Indian food. Nothing to write home about IMHO. I work near there and my co-workers (who are all white) like going there alot so I put up with's really mediocre.

        1. I like Bombay Cafe, mostly because I can find some not-too-spicy food there. We order chicken or lamb masala, eggplant deva (japanese eggplants with tomato and raita) or eggplant barta (pureed), lamb naan, spinach aloo gobi. Their almond cake dessert (can't recall the name) is really good. Staff are very kind and obliging.