In real life, I am not always such a positive person. This week in particular has been a spiral of negativity, so I managed to convince myself yesterday that I needed to spend 11.99 on the lunch buffet at Bombay Bistro.
OK, maybe I really didn't need it, but I have no regrets. I got there a little after 2, just before the lunch buffet's closing time of 2:30, and got a personal walk-through of all their offerings. When I asked if there were wheat flour in the soup, the host made a point to go to the kitchen and ask about everything in the buffet. She actually used the word "gluten" (I didn't) which was a good sign. Turns out, everything in the buffet but the bread is gluten free.
The space itself is enough to lift your spirits. It's hard to believe that two years ago this was a Happy Mart. It's very bright and upscale inside, with sitar music playing on a plasma TV overhead. I'm excited to see more mid-range places like this and Opa! moving into Tacoma, we're definitely ready to move on from depressing brown-paneled early bird special type places, but still have difficulty parting with more than $17 a plate. (That's a result of the income levels around here, my family included. Not a slam on anyone.) It seems like a new breed of restaurant owners has caught on to the market, and I can't wait to see what opens next.
Bombay Bistro's cooking is a slightly different style than that of Great Cuisine of India, the flavors were a little more muted and subtly different. They also had some surprising items, like goat curry and egg curry. Like Great Cuisine, there's an assortment of chutney's and raita. No rice pudding or other dessert items, though, which I missed. Their tandoori chicken was excellent and had an interesting smoky flavor, and the chicken saag gosht was also a stand out.
Bombay Bistro now serves their regular menu at dinner time, which includes an entire page of vegetarian options, and a wide array of tandoori cooked in a clay oven. (That must be the smoky flavor) I didn't have very long to sample their delights yesterday, and I'm looking forward to coming back for dinner soon.
Bombay BistroNew! Menu
4328 6th Ave
Tacoma, WA 98406