Boston >Food & Dining > Bombay Club
1415 Washington Street, Boston, MA | Directions 0211842.341091 -71.070481
Neighborhoods: South End, Harrison Lenox
Citysearch Editorial Review – One of Harvard Square’s dining stalwarts for almost two decades, the Bombay Club moved to Boston’s South End in 2009. Bombay Club has stamped the spot with Indian cultural references: Bright, otherworldly Bollywood flicks play on the HD screens, while Hindu god Ganesha smiles beneficently from a wall. Similarly, the menu unites traditional dishes such as the tandoori classic, chicken tikka masala, with more exotic ones like a lychee paneer--one of many vegetarian options--made with tangy curd cheese and sweet lychee. End with a extremely sweet, but vibrantly cardamom-spiced and carrot-filled halwa cake.
Not the same as Cambridge favorite – I was a longtime (12-15 years) regular customer of the Cambridge location so I was disappointed to see them leave. Just went to the new Boston location and I was extremely disappointed. The food is not at all the same. The only samosa choice was a selection of 4 mini samosas that arrive unidentified on the plate. It didn't matter because the all tasted the same. The chicken tikka masala was in a strange flavorless tomato sauce, chicken korma was overpowered by a strong cinnamon. I would have rather enjoyed my memory of the place.
Not a great place to eat, go for the view. Buffet is ok – After visiting many times over the years. We do not always find food OK , never great but sometimes bad.
Chat Bar is good.
Bad service... waiters with no Decency...... – We were there on Wednesday night for dinner with friends and some older members of the family.
The basic service water came after 15 minutes and that too when the restaurant was not even half filled.
Waiters looked like Drakula's in total Black uniform. They were outspoken which they must not. The Older persons with us were not willing to eat so we ordered 6 entries . The Waiter insisted us to order more entrees , we explained him the reason still he was speaking in a not so good tone . I mean who is he to tell us what to eat and what not to. Food was bland and naan breads were too small compared to what are available in other Indian Restaurants.
Big Dissappointment – This was my first time visiting Bombay Club and the restaurant was a major disappointment. We were waited on very poorly, never getting water when we needed it and given ONE paper napkin to wipe our hands instead of the usual cloth. As said before, the only thing that the waiters brought willingly and quickly was the check. We opted for lunch buffet.
The food itself was very bland and lacked the taste of spices that is normally entailed with Indian food. On top of that, the food was never replaced, cold, and there was limited choice for the entrees (6). The rice was not cooked very well and the chicken had a weird texture. Keep in mind we went on Father's Day since I wanted to take my father somewhere nice. My father was disappointed and that is enough for me to never go back to Bombay Club.
Salty food, bad service, dirty furniture/carpets. Only saving grace is its good location with nice view of Harvard Square – Salty food, bad service, dirty furniture/carpets. The food was saltier than I'd like, nothing special. The temperature of the food was warm, not hot. The service is poor with unfriendly wait staff. The furniture and carpet are very old and dirty and need to be replaced. Even though we were one of the first customers there for lunch, there were already crumbs all over the carpet, chairs, and table. They need to hire better cleaning staff. Only saving grace is its good location with nice view of Harvard Square. I do not recommend this and will never be going back.
Sunday Brunch – Just had the sunday brunch here...rice was not hot... completely unsanitary conditions
Dirty silverware, cups with residue and food all over carpets. Also a completely rowdy crowd
Someone even changed their kid's diaper in the front of the restaurant! I will not be returning.
Food was ok, but at almost $12 overpriced for that kind of service/ambience.
Never Been Disappointed – I've never been disappointed with a meal from Bombay Club. I've always found the staff attentive and the food great. I can't speak for the Sunday buffet (I see that's where a lot of the bad reviews are from) but I'd encourage people to head there for a "non-buffet" meal.
Tasty food if appetite not ruined by everything else – We were invited there for the Sunday brunch buffet by our Indian friends who said the food was good. The food was indeed tasty and available unlimited, with regional choices not commonly available such as the snacks table, and chef making dosas right there for you. However, it was chaotic with everyone milling around, and the buffet tables, not adequately supervised, were getting messy as food ran out, spoons sank into the curry (yuck), spills not wiped, dishes ran out, etc. The staff was also not attentive - maybe it had something to do with buffets being more self-service and each table not assigned its own waiter. This is not a cheap place, but it was being run like a cafeteria. At this price range one should be able to expect nice tablecloth (not sticky tables), good cutlery (not all scratched up and greasy), and most importantly good service & etiquette. The worst moment was when the waiter took my plate away and placed my dirty silverware right on the (already greasy) table. That was the end of my appetite. Bombay Club has been around a long time - almost an institution in Harv Sq, but they are wearing their reputation thin. I hope the management wakes up and makes critical changes soon.
One of Cambridge's premier Indian restaurants, offering innovative cuisine and colorful views of Harvard Square to a loyal, local clientele. – In Short
Situated on the second-floor of a small shopping plaza, Bombay Club enjoys a prominent perch high above a heavily trafficked portion of Harvard Square. A favorite of expatriate families and homesick students, the restaurant offers a varied menu of regional favorites, as well as India's latest culinary exports. Top choices include aromatic Pardah chicken (made using a 16th century recipe) and an exceptionally piquant Achar Gosht (tender lamb roasted with hot peppers).
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