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Bombay Bhel

4266 Hastings St.
Burnaby, BC V5C2J6
Tel: (604) 299-2500
Neighbourhood: Burnaby Heights
  • Cuisine: Indian, Pakistani
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Service: Catering
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon: Closed, Tue - Fri: 12PM - 3PM & 5PM - 10PM, Sat: 4:30PM - 10PM, Sun: 1PM - 10PM
  • Bombay Bhel is a casual, relaxed spot serving up authentic Indian dishes. They offer an extensive list of vegetarian options.

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Yummy Tandoori Chicken
By applepie of Burnaby (129 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 11:55pm [Dine in]

With the right amount of spice, their tandoori chicken was just right for me, and the naan was very fresh. Service was so so that day. We waited for 15 minutes before getting a table, even though the restaurant was less than half full, and there was no line up. The hostess was just busy doing her own thing and decided to make us wait. I would have given a higher service rating if not for this.

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Lovely experience
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 9, 2009 - 2:16pm [Dine in]

We always pass by this place and curious to see if they're good or not. The decor from the outside is quite attractive, so we decided to try it for the first time.
Went there around 5pm and the place is still kinda dead, which was nice. I like quiet. The decor inside was simple and nice.

As food and drinks, we had Butter Chicken & Tandoori Chicken w/ rice, a side of garlic naan, ice tea and chai tea. The butter chicken looked small but it did had a good amount of chicken in it. Also their butter chicken sauce is sweeter than other places and tomato-ey. The tandoori chicken had 4 big pieces along with a little fresh salad.

For the first time, we received some top notch service. It was consistent and our server kept on checking up on us.

The price is average, it's usually around $10-14 per dish.

Recommended.

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ok indian
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (149 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2008 - 8:45pm [Dine in]

Had a lunch special. The naan was really good. Everything else, so so. I like Indian food so that wasn't the deal. It wasn't really hot. The pickle was not good. Everything in the little bowls all just kinda tasted the same. There was nothing like a curry at all. It included some kind of dessert that seemed like a really runny rice pudding. The texture just grossed me out. The atmosphere was good but some of the waitresses didn't even know what the menu items were. Would not return.

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Great Indian Restaurant in Burnaby
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 6:52pm [Dine in]

I went to this Indian restaurant on a Sunday afternoon. I was really pleasantly surprised at the ambiance of the place. It is a very spacious, but warm place. The service was great, but not many people were there at the time. Both or meals were prepared with excellent quality.

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A cute little curry joint....
By CaptainNemo of Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 25, 2009 - 11:51am [Dine in]

I enjoyed my dinner here.

There were a couple of us, so we got to try out a few dishes.

The appetizer sampler was a little delight. I didn't quite enjoy the Buttered Chicken that much. It wasn't as creamy as I usually have it. The Prawn Masala was very good. The Curry Beef was good choice too.

Their garlic naan and roti was very delicious too!

Definately going again.

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very un-indian
By doodlebug of vancouver (58 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 12:38am [Dine in]

Small servings! There was barely any chicken in our butter chicken but the sauce was all right. The vindaloo was super spicy but had no flavour. Naan bread was overdone and the rice was hard and chunky. They had way too many service people working that night because for the 45 minutes we were there, five different people came to our table to ask us how we're doing. We sat for a while after our meal to enjoy our beverages and this one server came up to us and asked if she could take our water full water glasses away. The room was nice; however, you would never guess it is an indian place if it isn't for the music. Will not be returing.

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Good food, bad service
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 8, 2007 - 5:31pm [Dine in]

The food is good here. Not as authentic as it could be but still very good....Best butter chicken I've had yet... and decently priced for lunch.

Service was an issue here on all occassions that I visited. The staff were slow and seemed confused even though there were only 3 tables of two one afternoon. We waited a long time to order and had to flag down the waiter to get the cheque. We then had to flag him down 5 min. after that because it seemed like he forgot (he just stood around and folded some napkins while we waited)

In fact, one time it was so bad that the owner gave us a free appetizer coupon if we came back next time. So we came back and gave them another chance. The service had not improved. I ordered my mango drink at the same time as my meal and while the food finally came, the drink never did. I reminded the waiter twice about the drink and it still didn't come. Near the end of the meal as my companion's plates were being cleared, my drink arrives!

I haven't been back since.

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Yuma Yum in my Tuma Tum
By Rasputin45 of Kitsilano, Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2007 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

Okay, we heard this place was good but we didn't want to drive all the way out to Burnaby to try it. Then one day we did anyway, mostly because we had an Entertainment Coupon to use up. What a great idea! This place is great! We had the sizzling palak platter which everyone loved, and several vegetarian and one shrimp curry, plus some breads. Everything was good tasting, a good portion, for a good price -- just what I want in a restaurant! The only thing was that it seemed like three curries had the same sauce and slightly different ingredients. It was good, but three of the same was not a good diea, I wish our server had warned us about this.

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Well done toronto!!
By Italian-guy of Downtown&Burnaby (60 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 1, 2006 - 7:45pm [Dine in]

As a born and raised Vancoverite I had no idea that an Indian restaurant experience could be like this! Before this Toronto outfit opened Bombay Bhel, the only place even close was Rubina's on Kingsway, which I find excellent but a little old school.
Bombay Bhel is just about perfect in their execution of new Indian cuisine and old favorites and the ambience is perfect for a sophisticated night out with friends or your significant other.
In my opinion, this is the best high end restaurant in the "heights" way better than the pretentious and ridiculously priced Pear Tree

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Good Food, But Is It Worth It?
By A Fatty of North Burnaby, BC (75 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 26, 2010 - 1:33am [Dine in]

Curry doesn't cost much. Why do they only give you such a small portion? After leaving this place, I was not satisfied and felt as if I needed to go to McDonalds to fill myself up. However, the food tastes good. Overall, I would not come back until it becomes cheaper to dine there.

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Average Meal at Bombay Bhel
By JooJoo of East Vancouver (82 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 14, 2008 - 9:31pm [Dine in]

I was really hungry and was craving Indian food and had always wondered how the food at Bombay Bhel was, I've drove by many times but had never checked it out. The beef samosa was ok, I've always loved samosas and have tried many different places and Bombay Bhel makes it just fine. The garlic naan beard was soft and fresh, butter chicken was tender and good, the tandoori chicken was decent. For dessert, the mango cheesecake is really good!

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A great second choice.
By Bobeater of East Vancouver (58 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 10:57pm [Dine in]

I came here with some friends as a second choice because the first choice was really busy. I didn't know what to expect at this restaurant because I rarely have Indian food. I was quite surprised how spicy the food was when my order came. I had to basically stuff my face with Naan to take the heat off my tongue. The service was excellent. The waiters and waitresses came by every second to ask if we were enjoying our meal. They filled our glasses without us asking too. The atmosphere was really calming and stress free. It wasn't quite busy as it probably should be being on a Saturday. I had the chicken curry with rice. Excellent in every way.

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Not a fair comparison ...
By darrenkadish of Burnaby, B.C. (46 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 12:40am [Dine in]

My brother-in-law is East Indian, so my sis has learned to make all the authentic East Indian dishes. I guess it's not a fair comparison for any restaurant that I compare my sister's great home cooked meals, but you have to start somewhere.

Since Bombay Bhel is in my neck of the woods - I gave it a try anyway ... just to see if they've got the goods.

My go-to dishes are always butter chicken, curry lamb, samosas and naan - all of which we ordered. Presentation was very nice and the decor was very cozy, but it all comes down to the food now doesn't it? Sorry, but it didn't deliver. Nothing was outstanding - it was usual Indian food ... the kind that you can get anywhere on Main/Fraser Streets. Of course, having high standards to compare it to, I guess it really isn't a fair comparison. But, now that I've tried it, I won't be going back there if I'm craving Indian food. It will either be Ashiana's on Kingsway or call my sis up for dinner.

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High Expectations not completely met
By Lanie23 of Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 25, 2006 - 9:58am [Dine in]

Having been to Bombay Bhel in Toronto a number of times, when I found out they had opened a location in Vancouver, I was more than thrilled. Had the butter chicken w/ naan. To be completely honest, the butter chicken is better at Tandoori King. Very good, attentive service. Clean, yet somewhat boring surroundings. A bit disappointed, considering my high expectations.

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Solid is the right discription
By anton of Greater Van (23 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 4:24pm [Dine in]

I went there with my friend on a Friday night. Around 7pm and only a few tables were occupied (around 90% full btw 8-9). We ordered the tandoori chicken and a curry chicken dish. The curry chicken was good, but I find the tandoori chicken quite dry and could use a bit more flavour. And naan was warm and fresh. However, the service was very good. They came by to fill our water glasses often and were all very friendly. The price is really reasonable. Can't say it's on the same level as Rangoli, but for a neighourhood restaurant, I can't complain too much. I'll definitely come again to try other dishes.

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Good looking Indian place
By xbunnyx of Burnaby (8 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 7:56am [Dine in]

I've been to Bombay Bhel a few times, their service is always prompt and friendly! The ambience of the place is also really nice, romantic and modern looking! The food is not bad expecially their Goan Curry! Really tasty! Although my favourite Indian dish is Lamb Korma, and this place has really disapointed me! :( it tasted like mushroom sauce! ...But for their other curries and dishes, its not bad especially when it comes with either rice or naan.

Its even a better value when you use your entertainment book coupon! :)

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Good experience
By casej of coquitlam (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 30, 2008 - 8:47pm [Dine in]

My wife and another couple were planning to go to Antons. The line up was long so we decided to try Bombay Bhel. We were seated right away and the place was 80% full.
They brought our drinks right away and we placed our orders. The food came in 20 minutes and it was excellent. The portions are the same as other East Indian establishments we have visited.
The prawn masala was great, curry chicken was perfect and the Nan was excellent. The best part was the Mango cheesecake, it was out of this world.
I guess we came at the right time because we did not encounter any of the problems the other diners had.
I will definetly come back.

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Good Veggie Option
By dfurlong of N.Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, September 28, 2008 - 10:18am [Dine in]

I have to say, this is one of my favorite restaurants in Burnaby, and my favorite Indian-style restaurant in Canada. The dishes are flavourful, distinct, and there is more than enough for one person when served with rice and naan. We often get two dishes, plus rice and naan, and it is enough for dinner for two, plus lunch for one the next day. I find the ambience relaxing and intimate enough for a good conversation, and the staff friendly and obliging without being pushy. What's more, it is always satisfying to push past the lineup of gluttons next door to enter such a pleasant and tasteful restaurant.

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Average
By babyfoo of burnaby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 16, 2007 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

Went here for Vday wit a bunch of my girl friends. The host who took us in was pretty humorous and friendly, however I did not enjoy our server. She kept forgetting our water and wasn't too friendly.

The food looked better than it tasted. We got the prawn curry, butter chicken, spinach curry, appetizer platter, and tandoori platter to share (along with a bottle of chardonnay at 30$). Although they all tasted good, I wasn't too excited or astonished by the food. Basically the curries tasted the same, there was no distinct flavor to them. The naan was burnt and you could actually taste that. The tandoori platter was a little better (lamb and fish were the best).
Our group agreed that it doesn't taste as authentic as restaurants like The Original Tandoori King (mmm so good). Overall, I don't think I'd visit it again since there are many better tasting Indian restaurants out there for better prices too. The ambiance was not bad though, pretty casual too.

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Will go back again
By happytoro of Coquitlam (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 27, 2009 - 6:14am [Dine in]

The butter chicken was delicious and it came with the choice of naan or rice. The proportions are generous compared to other restaurants of similar price.

Service was slow even though there were a lot of empty seats around. Water was constantly filled but it would have been a nicer experience if the server was more friendly.

It was dimly lit inside, somewhat romantic but the chairs were uncomfortable.

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