Bombay Bistro ~ Austin, Texas
The Music clan is on the move again and down to Austin for a last getaway before school starts. After a nice morning hike at the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, our appetites were ready for a treat! Indian food was the consensus! After doing some research, it looked like Bombay Bistro was a good choice with a recommended buffet. Mr Music is usually drawn towards little hole-in-the-wall spots, but Bombay Bistro is an upscale eatery. The eight of us (the Musics and another family, the Vespas we were vacationing with) piled in the already bustling place. The Bistro is a smallish place, but very nicely decorated. The buffet was nestled in the back with a station for salads and condiments and the back wall lined with pans of North Indian goodies. They served some of the usual suspects like saag paneer, dal makhani, chicken tikka masala and tandoori chicken. None of them were really exceptional, but all were very good. Everything was extremely fresh. Music Junior and Baby Music went to town on the tandoori chicken as did young Vespa junior. The pieces of chicken were big, plump, and seasoned nicely. Little miss Vespa wasn't feeling that great and was interested in just buying a plate of naan to munch on. When Mrs Vespa asked the server how much it would be; they insisted that she should enjoy all she wanted from the buffet at no charge. Little things like that say a lot! Now to the good stuff! What made this restaurant shine were the few unique dishes they offered on the buffet. The first item was the soup; they served a lemon coriander soup that was so yummy! The soup was not thick, but not like a broth either. The lemon was very bold although you could clearly taste the coriander. I loved it for its uniqueness and combination of flavors. Mrs Music and the Vespas really liked it, but thought the lemon was a little overpowering. The next item was a veggie dish with chick peas and kale in Indian spices. They offered a house specialty of chicken tikka jalfrazie; chicken that is first cooked in the tandoor then finished off with a nice gravy with bell peppers and onions. Very nice! Very unique, healthy and yummy! But the real treat was Goan Curried Mussels. They were phenomenal - drenched in a curry with coconut, tomato, ginger and lime! The mussels were big and fresh and soaked in the luscious bath; an amazing combination of flavors! None of us had every had anything like this, but can't wait to have it again! The buffet was $10.95 for adults and $6.95 for kids. Baby Music was free! The service was spectacular! The staff was really tentative and kept our drinks full and table clean. All in all it was a wonderful experience and we plan to come back before heading back home.
Hours: MONDAY - THURSDAY: 11.00 AM - 2.00 PM; 5.30 PM - 10.00 PM; FRIDAY: 11.00 AM - 2.00 PM; 5.30PM - 10.30PM; SATURDAY: 11.30 AM - 3.00PM; 5.30PM - 10.30PM; SUNDAY 11.30 AM - 3.00PM; 5.30 PM - 10.00 PM