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Oct 7, 2013 06:54 PM

Bombay Club now in Burlington

This outpost from the same owners as the former Harvard Sq place of the same name, among others, has opened at 184 Cambridge St., replacing The Mughals after less than 1-1/2 yrs. Only two other tables were occupied when I dined solo there this evening, so I overheard the owner chatting with a business associate. He said that their chef was formerly at The Pongal. They closed the Harv Sq location after 25 successful years because the rent was raised to $33,000. Yup, that's what he said.

Service was quite slow, pricing a little high, I thought, on the vegetarian offerings. All I had was a tasty Malai Kofta, which is essentially 4 falafel balls the size of Dunkin munchkins, in a cream gravy which includes nuts. It came with plain basmati rice; bread (which I did not order) was extra, as it often is in Indian places. At $14, it was the same price as most of the chicken entrees. Most of the lamb dishes are $15, the mutton $17.

BC will be open 7 days a week, with lunch buffet M-F, and brunch on Sat/Sun. No dinner buffet is offerred. Students get 10% offf with an ID.

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  1. Paid them a visit for lunch today and the place looks the same as when The Mughals resided here. The weekday buffet is $10 and the weekend brunch is $12. They also allow you to do takeout from the buffet so that's what I did today. You get a freshly baked naan with the takeout. They kept the Papads and I love those guys. The daal with mixed beans was excellent and spicy enough that they probably should have been marked is as such. I loved it. The naan was excellent and tasty as was the very tender and juicy Tandoori chicken who also had a good level of spiciness. Goat curry (on the bone) was delicious as was the Chicken curry. Vegetable rice was very tasty. The onion pakora was nice and crispy and the little potato cakes with peas, daal and nuts were a delight. I must admit that I was impressed with the level of flavor on every item and everything was piping hot even after being transported home. This is a keeper!


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    1. re: Ferrari328

      So this is their third or fourth location after Harvard Sq ?

      Their service has always been the gold standard for "I don't give a shit."

      The food, if it's prepared correctly and somehow arrives at your table was pretty tasty

      We have them way too many se ins chances

      1. re: C. Hamster

        Third, I think. After they fizzled out of Harvard Square, they went downtown and blew that one up during the financial crisis.

        The place was always packed, so how did they manage to screw it up? Very simply, it was always packed because service was so bad and slow that dinner took three hours and they could only do one turn of the table at a price point or margin where you needed two or three a night to make any money...

        1. re: Uncle Yabai

          They moved from HS to the south end didn't they? Near foodies market?

      2. re: Ferrari328

        I also enjoyed the lunch buffet this week, and found the service quite acceptable, but a buffet doesn't require too much staff.

        Looking at the dinner menu, I'm in no hurry to pay Harvard Square prices at a strip-mall in Burlington.

        Time will tell.

      3. They finally got the sign up! I have been doing lunch buffet takeout here for a while and I'm very pleased with the food. The spice level is very good for a buffet and the naan is really tasty. Mostly standard dishes but there have been some good surprises here and there. Really nice goat curry today and the chicken saag was good as well.


        1. Closed and I'm not really surprised. Lunch Buffet was good but boy, was the staff grumpy. They were also very skimpy on the buffet takeout containers.

          Replaced by that does a lunchbuffet but I haven't tried it yet.


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          1. re: Ferrari328

            Thanks for the updated info. This may be a bad location for another Indian restaurant, given how popular Ritu Ki Rasoi is with Indian ex-pats. The last time I was at Bombay Club was for the lunch buffet on Christmas Day. I had intended to go to RKR but there was a line out the door, and families sitting in cars waiting to be waved in by their designated place-holder in that line. When I entered BC, I was the ONLY customer. Another 5 or 6 people wandered in while I was eating. For all I know, it might have been their "Plan B" as well.

            I had a few good dinner entrees there, but agree that the hospitality of the place was lacking. Looking forward to your opinions on its successor, Ferrari.