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A favorite of downtown office workers--lines queue into the hallway for the lunchtime buffet--Bombay Bistro focuses on traditional North Indian cooking. The ambiance feels rather like a hotel banquet room, but the large menu and affordable prices have made Bombay popular enough to add a second location in the Medical Arts Building.
NIGHTMARE!! This is the kind of place you want Gordon Ramsay to feature in "Kitchen Nightmares". Though I sense that he wouldn't feature restaurants which were beyond hope. When it comes to the category of restaurants which are too far gone for any sort of redemption, I think this restaurant would be a star. The main reason is that the owner and the staff don't care about the customer. They do what they want, say what they want, serve you what they want and charge you what they want! Given the condition of the table, the plates and silverware, I shudder to think about the kitchen. Wouldn't be surprised if a cockroach or two floated up in someone's curry. There were baby roaches and flies at our table!
There are a number of good South Asian places in town with tasty takeout and perfunctory atmosphere (carpeting and a Hindu sculpture do not a restaurant make). But Bombay Bistro is the rare experience in local Indian dining that persuades you to take off your coat and stay awhile. With a clear glass facade reflecting the art deco Foshay Tower, and two soldier statuettes greeting you on the way in, the low-ceilinged banquet room comfortably accommodates a weekday rush for the lunch buffet... More »
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