Bombay Club now in Burlington
- greygarious Oct 7, 2013 06:54 PM
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.
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!
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...
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.