Austin >Food & Dining > Bombay Bistro
10710 Research Blvd. #126, Austin, TX | Directions 7875930.398411 -97.749276
Monday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Best Indian Buffet in Austin! – Bombay Bistro is wonderful for dinner - great food AND great service, but the lunch is great, too, and is an exceptional value. I could eat here twice a week!
My only complaint is that they don't have kheer (that Indian rice pudding dessert). They do have mango ice cream and some little dessert balls in a sweet liquid.
Been many times, always great! – I was first introduced to this restaurant by someone who is both savvy to vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Austin and an excellent cook in his own right. Indian and Thai are my two favorite types of food, and this place is one of my favorite spots to hit when I am in north Austin. It's a classy atmosphere (nice decor and table settings) even though it's a buffet. Always had good service and enjoyed everything offered.
Do not believe the bad reviews – We've been going for several years and it's easily some of the best Indian food in Austin (up there with Clay Pit and Taj Palace).
Do not listen to the bad reviews. Try it out for yourself. That's the only way you can be sure. We've been there for both dinner and the lunch buffet, which is one of the tastiest and freshest in Austin. Their Sunday buffet usually features dishes not normally served during the week. The staff has always been friendly and attentive.
Again, ignore the bad reviews. Try it for yourself. You won't regret it.
So glad they are opening a South location! – I used to work in the Arboretum and Bombay Bistro was a regular stop for me. The staff always greeted me immediately and after a while knew just where I wanted to sit & what to bring me to drink. They have a great selection of food that changes through the week. The buffet for lunch is awesome, always packed so I try to get there by 11:30 at the latest.
I was laid off and live in South Austin now and see that they are opening one where Fish Cuty Cafe used to be (RIP!), anyone know when the projected opening is?
Pretty Good Indian Restaurant – The food is really yummy. Among the best in Austin area. I 'm surprised seeing all the bad reviews. I've had dinner only when crowds are non-existent so don't know if lunch buffet is different.
Also I found the prices to be very reasonable compared to the quality of food.
Ok, but far from great. – So after reading about this place and the fact that it’s really close to where I work I decided to try out the lunch buffet. When I arrived they immediately lost a few points, every good Indian restaurant I’ve been to I’m immediately greeted by the rich aroma of spices, this place had a very…old lady smell. Like the smell you get when you visit an elderly woman in a home. I tried 4 of their dishes: chicken tikka masala, beef vindaloo, dahl bakhara, and matter makhana and of course some naan.
Naan: Terrible, rubbery, thin, paper has more flavor.
Chicken Tikka Masala: Chicken was dry flavorless, gravy was really runny and bland.
Beef Vindaloo: Not spicy at all (menu states “HOT”), didn’t have the “tang” that vindaloo should have, beef was chewy.
Dahl Bakhara: pretty good, could taste the beans and the spices.
Matter Makhana: Never had it before, didn’t like the flavor at all.
Overall the food was ok, not terrible by any means but far from great.
Personally if I’m in the mood for Indian food for lunch I’ll do a takeout order from Teji or Bombay Grill, both are a little bit of a drive but the food is worth it.
My Favorite – I can't say what is inspiring all the bad reviews, but in my experience, Bombay Bistro has been nothing but impeccable! The Korma is rich and delicious, and if you ask for spice, you shall receive it. The Boti Kabobs and the mixed grill(a sampler of all the Tandoori grill items) were all tender, juicy, and succulent. The Tikka Masala, and the garlic naan, were also out of this world. All it took for me was to walk in the front door. You are instantly emersed in the rich aroma of Indian curry and a beautiful, dimmly lit dining room. Also, the service has been nothing but friendly and helpful; always willing to answer any questions you might have. Pay no attention to any of the bad reviews you might see here. This is my favorite Indian restaurant and it is well worth giving it a chance; try it for yourself and I'll bet you'll love it as well.
Horrible Dining Experience – My husband and a coworker ate at the lunch buffet here a couple of days ago and both became very ill as a result. My husband is now in the hospital and, yes, it is because of the meal he ate here! I do not normally take the time to write reviews unless accolades or a dire warning are in order. I feel the need to warn other diners at this point. If you read the remainder of the reviews here, you can see it is about a 50/50 split between love this place and hate this place. I guess my best advice is eat here at the risk of your health. Please don?t say this could happen anywhere. Making diners ill is completely avoidable!! Considering how often my husband dines out for lunch and dinner, this has thankfully been isolated to this restaurant. If you want excellent tasting Indian food that is fresh and made with quality ingredients, I would recommend Masala Wok (very casual and reasonably priced) or the Clay Pit for a nicer ambience at a higher price.
Even Allen likes it – In life, there are woefully rare moments where one can clearly see crystallized forms at once both perfectly beautiful and stunningly correct, that you are left questioning whether its creation is either fantastic and fictional, or truly even meant for us.
There are seemingly no less than exactly 212,000 restaurants with cuisine steeped in rich Indian tradition. But, like everything else that is transported to Austin via opportunity and American Airlines, there are usually a few quirks in the translation. This either will either render the cuisine useless and unsuitable, or particularly dire in its consequences. Take, for example, Madras Pavilion. Madras is standard Southern fare, with a long-standing clientele, and a reputation for its excellent vegetarian-specific Indian buffet. While you?ll mostly get the idea of what?s delicious while at the Pavilion, it?s the equivalent of watching the Spanglish version of Bill and Ted?s Excellent Adventure. You know the joke, but you often miss the punchline.
Bombay Bistro is the Blu-Ray High-Def version of your greatest fantasy. Game over, you?re done. Go to the buffet, and let no less than four selections seduce you into spicy submission. You?ll be left with eating so quickly, that there is no sense of something wonderful happening. You could spend the next three days overindulging and fantasizing about Bistro?s latest culinary experiment in perfection, and still only realize a bit less than half of how good it really is. It makes me wonder whether the chefs at Bombay Bistro are in fact preparing cuisine for mere mortals, but in fact have some agenda for something more, shall we say, divine.
And where else you would want to have this experience? Eat in, don?t take out. Because the Bombay Bistro dining room is more satisfying than a morphine-drip party at Caligula?s. And the staff is friendly, too.
WORST restaurant... – This Indian restaurant is pretty BAD in all ways.. I asked them for Veg Biriyani and asked them to make it spicy.. Trust me they just don't understand what spicy is ... he gave me something that was just a mix of rice and some carrots.. They dont even know that adding carrot will make the dish sweet. I then asked him to make it spicy and when he gave me second time, he had just put some pepper powder, not even mixed well and he was claiming that actually its dhum Biriyani ( fyi :: Dhum means strength.. )
*** DONT EVER GO TO THIS RESTAURANT , THEY JUST DON'T KNOW COOKING... *** and service is thrown to hell ....
I would recommend you guys to try " Masala Wok" and "Bombay Express" to see how good a food can taste..
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