This fantastic restaurant around the corner from Leicester Square station is an absolute must for anyone who would like to experience what is soon becoming a dying tradition in India – the Bombay Cafe. The restaurant has a distinct comfortable look of faded elegance, with mirrored walls, low hanging copper lighting and pretty indoor brick work. It also has some of the friendliest staff I have ever had the pleasure of being served by.
The breakfast menu is available daily from 8.30am (weekdays. 9am weekends) and features some classic british breakfast favourites with a fantastic Bombay twist (The Full Bombay £7.90, for example, or the Bacon Naan Roll £3.70) Alternatively if you’re not a breakfast person, the all day menu served from 11.30am has a huge list of options for you to try. When it comes to the smaller dishes, you must try the chilli cheese toast (£3.20) and the Vada Pau – Bombay’s version of a chip butty for £3.90. The House Black Daal (£4.90) was a nice accompaniment to any dry dishes you may wish to order (Dishoom Chicken Tikka maybe, for just £6.90 or even one of their freshly baked Naans from £1.90) and a side of Dishoom Slaw (£2.70) with pomegranate seeds and mayo is crunchy and fresh addition to the meal. I also treated myself to a glass of a wonderful warm chai tea which was sweet and delicious – much better and authentic than the ones from Starbucks!
A great thing about this cafe is that on a Monday, you have the chance of winning yourself a free meal just by rolling a dice. With the roll of a 6 onto their customised board, your entire table will have the entire meals (drinks and all) fully comped by the house! Something that our table of 5 were lucky enough to get, making the meal even better (everything tastes better when it’s free, right?)