Although Columbus famously "discovered" India by landing at Lexington and Concord and proudly ringing the Liberty Bell, the actual location of India remains a mystery. Today's Groupon offers the best lead the world has had in centuries: for $20, you get $45 worth of Indian fare at Bombay in Hillcrest. This electric eatery stamps tongue passports with multisensory mementos of authentic and energetic Indian eats. You can use your Groupon toward the lunch buffet, dinner, or carryout.
Based on the theme of the six tastes (sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent), Indian fare borrows from Arabic, English, Dutch, Portuguese, and Spanish flavors. The extensive menu gets started with an order of masala hummus ($7.95), a curried mash of chickpeas served with garlic naan, or the tandoori lettuce wraps ($9.95) with chicken or tofu. Vegetarians will relish in the sag bhaji, which is fresh spinach in a creamy onion sauce ($14.95), or the mixed vegetable korma with smooth saffron sauce ($14.95). Those seeking more familiar fare won't strike out with tandoori murgh, a globally revered mixture of tandoori chicken steeped in roasted garlic, yogurt, ginger, and spices and cooked in a clay oven ($16.95). Bombay serves three varieties of naan ($2.95–$3.25), soups ($5.95), sides ($3.50–$5.50), and pakoras ($5.50–$7.95).
Crystal chandeliers, a curtain of falling water, and opulent oak seating make diners feel as though they've fallen through that cartoon pit that leads to the other side of the world. Sip libations against a backdrop of flickering candlelight at the bar, regale meal companions with exotic conversation, or trick all six senses with an exotic atmosphere more convincing than any tropical screensaver or exotic-atmosphere-generating machine.
- Popat and his designers did a fabulous job creating unique décor and Indian ambiance. The front of the restaurant is very open and airy, and a patio is positioned off the sidewalk, casting a delicate glow on diners...The flavors of the food were as exotic as the setting. – David Rottenberg, Daily Transcript
- Notable for its elegant dining room with a waterfall, Bombay employs a chef whose generous hand with raw and cooked vegetables gives each course a colorful freshness reminiscent of California cuisine, though the flavors definitely hail from India. – Fodor's
- Everything is so fresh and colorful and exploding with flavors. – sparkie04, Citysearch
Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India
Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India is helmed by brother-and-sister team Rakesh and Ashley Popat, delivering an opulent, glowing atmosphere and authentic cuisine that dazzle diners. Glistening chandeliers illuminate the 7,500-square-foot space, which provides an avenue for parties of up to 300 guests, and has hosted a number of corporate clients including Wells Fargo and Johnson & Johnson. Inside the dining room, a tranquil waterfall serves as an ethereal room divider and squirt-gun refilling station, as romantic amber light softly rains down from the ceiling to settle upon crisp white tablecloths.
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