During their 1968 stay in India, The Beatles were greatly influenced by the country's cuisine, resulting in such landmark Fab Four cookbooks as Abohar Road and Magical Mystery Tandoor. Strum your own stomach sitar with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Indian cuisine and drinks at Bombay Club in the South End. This Groupon is not valid toward Bombay Club's lunch buffet.
Bombay Club beams authentic subcontinental cuisine directly into the mouths of Massachusetts's midnight children. Owners Vinod and Shikha Kapoor’s menu encompasses India’s many culinary regions, including the Kapoors' own Punjab region, with a variety of dishes freshly made from the exotic Indian ingredient of "scratch." Lay out bread-beds in your stomach for visiting food with Bombay Club's specialty naan ($3.25), which comes with your choice of garlic and cilantro, roasted poppy seeds and cantaloupe seeds, or fresh basil topping. From there, the menu turns into a garden of forking paths for your path-fork. Adventurous archaeologists can excavate the spice-and-sauce staple that is tikka masala for artifacts of paneer cheese ($14), chicken ($14), fish ($16), lamb ($15), or seafood ($18). For something sweeter, crack into the coconut-flavored curry dish of malabar, available in a chicken ($14) or fish ($16) variation. Otherwise, feed your inner Josh Rogan with the lamb rogan josh ($15)—tender pieces of lamb accented with onions, ginger, garlic, and yogurt.
Bombay Club's vegetarian menu offers a bullock cart's worth of meat-less meals, with the gobhi gulistan ($15)—a steamed cauliflower sauced in a yogurt, cashew, and fresh mint mixture—earning particular bravos from herbivores and herbivoyeurs. You can even dip below India's Mason-Dixon Line (known in India as the Madhuri-Dixit Line) for traditional fare from southern India, including the madras chicken ($14) cooked in a coconut milk, curry leaves, mustard seed, and red-chili curry sauce. The barra kebab (baby lamb chops marinated for three days and grilled on skewers, $17), on the other non-hooked hand, will bring back happy memories of your finest hour as a javelin marksman.
If your body is still on Mumbai time, despite never having been there, Bombay Club serves dinner until midnight, during which you can power up your liver’s batteries with a martini, cosmo, or margarita from the restaurant's extensive list of cocktails. One Groupon may be used for every two diners, so you can finally treat all those dancing Bollywood beauties who magically appear behind you every time you sing a song to a nice thank-you dinner at Bombay Club.
- The menu is unnecessarily confusing to navigate...but the fare is fab. It features such delectably unusual items as fried spinach and cheese rolls...of chopped spinach and chilies, wrapped in paneer cheese, and Bikaneri kebabs...pleasantly camphoric patties of mashed green beans, carrots, potatoes and peas, reminiscent of falafel...[The chef's] cooking is deftly delicious. – Mat Schaffer, Boston Herald
- A dish like lychee paneer, which combines the sweet fruit with creamy cheese in a mild curry sauce, doesn’t usually find its way onto American menus, makingits [sic] presence here a delightful surprise. Chef Sridhar Periyasamy comes from southern India, and his dosas — crispy crêpes stuffed with spiced potatoes and peas or chicken — are exceptionally good. – Amy Traverso, Boston Magazine
While some find the service a bit iffy, more than 100 Yelpers give Bombay Club 3.5 stars: