Portland >Food & Dining > Bombay Cricket Club & Rstrnt
1925 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.512288 -122.645967
Fri-Sat: 5am-10pm, Tue-Thu: 5am-9pm, Sun: 5am-9pm
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Buckman
This isn't going to be the best Indian food of your life, but it's fresh and consistent, and the cozy space is well-suited for date night. In fact, I once had a date with a weird guy here a long long time ago, and while I don't remember the conversation (except that it was weird), I do remember the mango margarita--it was massive, and got me through the evening.
What a delight – What a great experience. Knowing this was a small restaurant we made reservations and arrived with the full party on time. We were seated immediately. We met the owner Karim and he gave us big hugs with a warm smile. Service was quick and on point. the Saffron rive was an amazing experience as was the rest of the food. I read some revbiews about rudeness and bad food but I found this to be to the contrary. the Naan was perfect as was the rest of the food, Large prtions, pleniful refills and strong drink service. This place is truely a rare gem in this town.
Rude: Never been treated this way at a restaurant – I was amazed at how rude the owner of this establishment was. We had reservations for 5 but showed up with one short. We were told that we should "let them know" when our final guest arrived and then were left standing at the door. Our table was grudgingly offered to us when we went up to the bar, even though it was ready and waiting. When our friend still wasn't there after about 10 minutes we asked to order some appetizers but were told that we had to wait until our entire order was ready.I will never eat at this place again or recommend it. The food was so, so.
Food just OK and service horrid – I am going with the other 1-star reviewers. What a bunch of attitude to put up with in order to get just OK food. I ran into the manager's thing about not seating incomplete parties. As though they are sooo cooool they don't need to treat people well. What IS it with wait staff in Portland? Are jobs and customers really that plentiful?
Not worth it... go to Swagat.
Don't Bother – Another Portland establishment where staff, and unforgivably the owner, act as though they are doing you a favor by allowing you in their presence. Food is mediocre at best, very expensive and not one middle eastern person eating, which should have tipped us off right away.
Save your time and money if you want a pleasant eating experience.
Snooty, rude, overpriced – On a night when there were 4 empty table in the restaurant we asked to be seated while our friends were parking and were told "its our policy not to seat incomplete parties" (even though we had reservations!). Were offered a drink menu and then expected to stand while drinking even though there were at least 15 empty seats. Repeated our request for a seat to the waitress who offered to sell us drinks and were again refused seats by the snotty manager. These people act as though they are doing you a favor allowing you to be in their establishment, and as though they are the essence of pdx coolness. Who needs this kind of crap? I'll take my business elsewhere.
A neighborhood favorite – BCC is one of our favorite Indian Style restaurants
It is consistantly great, and the staff treats us very well.
I don't understand some of the negative comments I've read here; yes it is expensive and busy, always packed.
Call ahead for a reservation or expect to wait.
They serve Indian AND Middle Eastern food -
and they put their own twist on both -just deal with it.
The naan is fantastic, and the lamb shahi is consistantly good. Try the Mango Margaritas (mexican too?) deal with it...
felt so comfortable – am new to portland, moved here from the southeast US but this resturant made me feel so comfortable. the food was familiar and delicious. the shrimp were large and tender, the naan was the best ever!!! the space is cozy and welcoming. will be back soon.
Just by the looks of the menu, can tell it's not authentic – As a person of Indian descent, I've tried Indian food not only from my native country but also in Australia, England, and 5 states. I've passed by Bombay Cricket Club many times and have never even been tempted to go inside, even on days when my craving for spices reached an exponential height.
First of all, I may be overreacting, but I have a major problem with them calling their menu "the exotic and delicious recipes of India AND THE MIDDLE EAST." The Middle East and India are completely different areas of the world, with different types of foods. Now, if this were a fusion restaurant or the type that would serve both kinds of food, I wouldn't have such a problem but if you browse the entire menu, you can see that there isn't a single Middle Eastern food item on it except for the salads.
To me, everything from the menu and the lack of any Indian staff tipped me off that the food wouldn't be authentic, but maybe more suitable for the American palate (hence the mixed reviews about the food.) If you notice, for those well-accustomed to Indian dining the food was horrible whereas others that may prefer a more toned-down taste may have found it 5-star. But all-in-all, it probably isn't real Indian food. Real Indian food would mostly likely be found at some hole-in-the-wall in Beaverton, if anywhere in Oregon, at half the price and twice the flavor.
Don't Believe The HYPE... – I usually do not take the time to write reviews because I frankly do not have the time, and I have worked in the biz for years so I understand it is not easy. Unfortunately, I had a less than stellar experience upon my first visit to BCC, and it continued once I left the restaurant and made a call to the female owner.
The taste of the food was fine...had no issues. We ordered the lamb shank, which was one of the most expensive entrees on the menu. When my spouse went to take her first bite, she discovered that it was refrigerator cold. I informed a lady, who I later found out was the owner. It appears that they reheated the same lamb and brought it out to the table some ~10 minutes later. By that time we had eaten our eggplant and rice, and were too full to take more than a couple of bites of the reheated lamb.
To close out our meal we ordered a Chai tea and coffee. Shortly after we were given our bill. Do you suppose that either the server or the owner came back over to apologize for the cold food, or offered to take at least a coffee off of the bill, or offered dessert? Let me answer that for you...Hell No!
Since they were busy upon our departure, I decided to call back to express my concerns with the owner...wrong move! To simply put it, I truly think she is presumptive enough to think that her establishment can serve me cold food and I am supposed to be fine with it. Her response was as cold as the lamb and condescending. I actually left the conversation thinking I should have paid them double for my cold lamb. "We have been here for 15 years" blah blah blah..."We can not please everybody" blah blah blah...
Looking at the overall review scores (34 - 5 stars and 35 - 1 star, and a bunch in the average range) it appears that this owner has been reading too many of her own headlines. No matter how long you have been around, you need to remember that you and your restaurant are only as good as your last day. Unfortunately, today was my first and last day of ever visiting your place, or giving you the benefit of the doubt when talking to others. Just think, a $2.5 cup of Chai and a little fake remorse could have gone a long way.
Owner has issues – All these reviews about feeling rushed all stem from the owner being overly-compulsive about turn-over. I once overheard the owner saying he "turned on the fan" over a table, so to make it uncomftorable so they would leave. He has been charged with drinking at work and seems to take out his frustrations on the staff. The food is decent, depending on what you order, but they use a lot of food coloring, and it is extremely overpriced. Also, I've noticed there are hundreds of fruit flies that are all around the kitchen and bathroom, making me come to the conclusion that the kitchen leaves a lot of food out. The only time I come here is when the food carts downtown are closed, and I always get it to go.
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