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Bombay Restaurant, The

2748 Lougheed Hwy, #205
Port Coquitlam, BC V3B6P2
Tel: (604) 944-3872

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Went for the AYCE , small selection but reasonable price
By Huge of Surrey (139 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 9:02pm [Dine in]

Went here with the family and a friend and her son. We all had the all-you-can-eat except for my friend's son. He had some fish pakora. The all-you-can-eat selection was small to say the least. For the salad side there was garden salad and dressing but when you come to an Indian restaurant you usually go for the tasty meat dishes with high calories sauces. There was tandoori chicken, butter chicken and curry chicken and then there were the cauliflower in curry and a few more non-meat indian dishes. When you look at the buffet it does not look that great in selection. The naan was usually gone and you had to wait 15 minutes for them to replenish the container. The food tasted pretty good considering it was AYCE. I had better at other indian restaurant but for $10.99/person I am not complaining. So if you enjoy the common favorites indian dishes, and want to have AYCE, then this is a decent place for that. But if you want something more unique, then I suggest you order off the menu or go elsewhere.

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The BOMBay.
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 5, 2010 - 11:41am [Dine in]

Found this hidden gem from reading the positive reviews here on dinehere. We were craving for some guaranteed yummy Indian food the other day but didn't want to drive too far. Then we discovered this restaurant.
Their curries were delicious and actually spicy! We always order medium but can never taste the spiciness but this time, we almost couldn't handle the heat! It was very flavorful and there were generous amount of meat. The naan bread was soft, thin and average sized (of 2 palms).
The service was amazing. Our server was a pretty young Indian lady and she took our orders without writing it down. She and this other man (possible the owner) were asking us how we were doing almost every 15mins. It wasn't too invasive and it was kinda nice and interesting. Our waters were constantly being filled.
Their tone of voice over the phone was equally friendly also.
Everything went well that night and we'll definitely be going back soon!
Recommended!
Drool factor: 10/10
One more thing, they are closed on Tuesday.

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It was nice.
By teddyandturtle of Vancouver - Kingsway (84 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 1:11pm [Dine in]

I came here.. last year to meet my boyfriend's friends for the first time. I am not an expert at Indian food either.. so everything ordered and paid for was from one of his friends who is Indian.

The restaurant itself was a little dim for dinner, which was nice and it had plain colours on the walls. I don't remember too many decorations. There were lots of different kinds of curries but I didn't try them all (I'm a vegetarian). They were pretty good, but I found them a little spicy. I think my favourite must of been the flavoured naan bread, I think it was garlic flavoured. Really yummy. I remember ordering dessert.. it was two round balls in rose water. It was waaay to sweet for me to handle. But all in all, it was a nice dinner.

I don't remember exactly how much the bill came to, it was from about 150-200 cause we had 7 or 8 people.

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Tasty Indian Food in Coquitlam
By Rayzach of West End, Vancouver (57 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 21, 2008 - 5:39pm [Dine in]

Visited The Bombay for dinner and was pleasantly surprised. It is neatly tucked away in a strip mall on the Coquitlam/PoCo border close to Coquitlam Center.

Nicely appointed room with tasteful furniture and table settings. The service was good and the staff was pleasant and friendly.

We ordered:

- Fish Pakora (great)
- Butter Chicken (good)
- Lamb Roganjosh (excellent)
- Naan
- Rice
- Raita

The Fish Pakora were nice chunks of Cod marinated in Tandoori - tasty but would have been better if they used Halibut.

Butter Chicken was nicely prepared and the sauce was well balanced between the tomato and cream.

The Lamb Roganjosh was very good and perfectly spiced. Warning - Roganjosh is pretty hot so use caution when you choose you spice level as they can prepare to your suit your own taste.

The Naan, Raita and rice were standard fare.

For the price it was pretty good. I have had better Indian food but this place is definitely worth a visit if you are in the neighborhood and craving Indian.

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An average quality Indian restaurant.
By priggly of Coquitlam (73 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 16, 2007 - 9:21pm [Dine in]

I have been to the Bombay noon buffet on several occasions and have never left hungry. The butter chicken is good and so is the Tandoori chicken. They used to have a delectable cole slaw dish but that had been replaced by diced lettuce on my last two visits. Too bad. The service is average as is the decor. The price is low. Overall, this is a good restaurant with a fair buffet price.

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Small portions
By doodlebug of vancouver (58 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 16, 2007 - 8:39pm [Dine in]

For $10-12 a dish, I expect more than half a chicken breast and fresh veggies. Fish pakoras were good - spicy! Samosas were all right. I'm used to having samosas with chutney; they serve theirs with a side of chick peas. We ordered bombay chicken. Dish was good. INCREDIBLY small though and not as spicy as we like our indian. The veggie korma was not good. The sauce was okay but they use frozen veggies! Very disappointed. For $11, I expect LOTS of fresh veggies. The rice wasn't fresh. Lots of hard clumps and the naan bread was bleh! The best part was probably the chai tea and the pompadoms they give you before you get your food. Indian oven is still my favourite Indian place.

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If only I lived closer
By semipicky of Vancouver (42 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 4:02am [Dine in]

I live an hour away from here, but it's worth the trip driving here. The buffet area is surprisingly small but they refill it often so it's definitely fresh. Around $13.50 a person, it's a little pricier than average but the quality of the food makes up for it. The pakoras here are excellent. They have these wonderful delicious sweet potato types? sort of like yam fries but better, dipped in spices and all. Tandoori chicken is juicy, butter chicken mmm!!!!! Yogurt here is great, perfectly tangy and cool. Whenever they refill the dishes, people rush up so you have to keep an eye out. One time, we were the only ones eating there near closing time (3 of us) we asked if they were going to make any more pakoras, and they made more just for us!! Only bad thing was that their galab jamun is not always made, and the only time I had it there, it was stale therefore quite disgusting. At least the rice pudding is good. Went there once when it was quite busy and the owner (british lady) provided a basket of naan to each table and refilled it accordingly

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Yum!
By redbarn of Victoria BC (12 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 2:16pm [Dine in]

We love this place. We used to order from Mumbai Sweets but their service put us off, we always had to wait so long for our food. The Bombay restaurant always has our food ready when they say it will be. So far we've tried various nan, the rogan josh, tika masala, butter masala and sagwalla which were all excellent (butter masala was fantastic). Looking forward to trying other items from their menu. Have only ordered takeout so can't comment on dining in the restaurant.

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Try it
By ChefRamsay of tri city (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 15, 2007 - 7:15pm [Dine in]

This place is pretty good. They have a lunch buffet that is affordable...something like $10. They need more items in the buffet though.

Butter chicken is to die for! Yum. They always have this is the buffet.

That creamy dish made with lentils just melts in your mouth.

Chai tea is great.

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Tasty, but...
By vzu of fairview, vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 2:16pm [Dine in]

I love the food here. We have been many many times and it is flavourful and fresh. I particularly like the lamb curry, the naans, and the pakoras. BUT... once when we dined in the restaurant I had a big long hair in one of the pakoras. I let it slide because this can happen anywhere. BUT last night with my take out I got another short and curly hair (beard hair?) in my curry... YUCK!
I will go back, but not too impressed about this. One more chance - that's it.

Mango lassi and the chai teas are also fantastic.

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Awesome Food, Superb Service!
By janetj of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 12:10am [Dine in]

This place, is by far THE best Indian restaurant I've visited. I've visited many other and their food is just not even close to the tastiness of The Bombay. My husband and I love spicy food so we know to order our food "Indian hot" and if you love spicy food, you won't be disappointed.

This place is simple and clean, no fancy decor. If you are looking for wholesome Indian food without having to go through a pretentious experience, this is the place. Service is excellent, all the waiters/servers are super friendly and attentive.

If you want a good spicy dish, try their chicken korma, Indian hot. This is my all time favorite. It's true that you will need to pay extra for naan and rice, but since my price comparison is dining in downtown Vancouver, I still find their food very reasonably priced for the quality and how delicious is.

HIGHLY recommended!

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I've had wayyyy better.....
By ChristinaW of coquitlam bc (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 11:09am [Take-out]

I am always reading reviews from others and signed up specifically to review this place. I only placed a take-out order so I'm not commenting on decor, etc but will say that the service was actually prompt and fairly friendly.

Now, the food. I have been on the hunt for the best butter chicken in the Lower Mainland. I have tried almost many different restaurants (some good and some bad). Since I recently moved to Coquitlam, I knew I had to try the fare in town. On Saturday a friend and I picked up our order which consisted of 2 x butter chicken (one mild for her and one medium for me), 2 x naan bread and an order of fish pakora. I'll say that first impression was good as you definitely got a lot of bang for your buck. But the good news ended there. The fish pakora was extremely dry. I had such high hopes but it was terribly dry and under-seasoned. The butter chicken was not good at all. It was overly spicy even for me, a girl who loves spice, and I could barely stomach it. And the worst part was it wasn't even tasting of indian spices but of black pepper. Not good at all. The naan bread was tasty though. It had a nice sour tang to it and was nice and fluffy.

I'll be honest, I won't be going back here to eat at all. It's a shame since they are the only Indian Restaurant in Coquitlam

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The best indian food in the lower mainland!
By serena111 of Port Coquitlam (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 9:31pm [Dine in]

The service is great, people very friendly, authentic, nice ambiance. The curry dishes are just to die for! They are so delicious, my favourates are butter chicken and palak paneer. They are so good, almost addictive! The portions are not huge, although more fits in those metal bowls than you realize.

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Best Indian in Tri-Cities
By fortfraser of Tri-Cities (21 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 5:48am [Dine in]

We've been going here for years (since they first lured us with their top-value lunch buffet).

To our sorrow, the buffet is gone.

Lunches are slow, so we come here a few times per month for dinner, or occassionally order pick-up.

Very good quality, traditional dishes. Decent portions (always left overs to bring home). Excellent naan and also chai tea.

Very friendly owners (often in the kitchen) and staff. Attractive room.

Dinner for 2 under $60.

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Prices definitely too high, but...
By Pucca of Coquitlam (28 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 26, 2007 - 5:39pm [Dine in]

...if you go for their lunch buffet, it's all worth it for $10. The food tastes good, but I've had better up at the Himilayan Cafe up on SFU. There's not as much spices as I would like in their curries (not as flavourful as it can be) but for the lunch buffet, it's pretty good. The naan bread is almost always out, so as soon as you see a batch being carried out, run to it!~

As for dinner, no, I definitely wouldn't go there for dinner again. The food came way too slow and portions too small and not flavourful enough to cost as much as they charge you. It took them literally 45 minutes to bring my friends and I 4 dishes. The server also mislead us to believe that the portions were big, so we didn't order enough. As slow as they were, we were definitely not going to sit for another 45 minutes for a couple more dishes.

But hey, I'd go back for the lunch buffet the next time I'm craving butter chicken with naan bread or rice.

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Simply Mediocre
By calbee219 of Yaletown (15 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 1, 2007 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

I have to agree wit Pucca of Coquitlam; Way too pricey, lacks flavour compared to other Indian food establishments, and the service was nothing special.

Shared the lamb korma, butter chicken and a rice dish with prawns. Both the lamb korma and butter chicken were decent, nothing to be wowed over about. Contains few chicken/lamb chunks in their respective dishes, and the flavour was not special. As for the rice dish, the prawns were big, totally unexpected. Of the three dishes, the prawn rice is the best, but still ... mediocre. To be honest, the naan was most appreciated.

As for service, we did not have one set server and the staff simply did what is expected, to seat, to bring water, to take the order, and to serve. However, I must take points off for the serving of the wine. Some of the wines on the wine list does not specifically indicate the type of wine it is and I wanted to order a merlot so I asked the server what the house wine is ... he couldn't answer me, and went to 'check' only to return to bring me the bottle of wine (which should have been a one litre bottle, but instead was a 750mL) already opened and he simply placed it on the table ... cork-less. The wine turned out to be a shiraz; had to find out by checking the label myself.

The ambiance is decent; quiet, brightly lit ... nothign special.

At the prices that the Bombay is charging, add one dollar to every menu item and you can expect excellent food and service in an excellent environment at Maurya Indian Cuisine on W. Broadway.Comparing the two restaurants, The Bombay is simply mediocre.

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Disappointing Indian Currey
By maggielee of port coquitlam (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 24, 2010 - 8:42pm [Dine in]

In my opinion, it's difficult to find authentic indian currey in the lower mainland. One has to drive into the city. I was really disappointed in the butter chicken - all I could taste was tomato paste which overpowered the spices. As well, the chai tea was quite bland and had no spicy flavour.
So, I'll give this restaurant a miss in future.

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Worth Occasional Visits
By christieL of Port Coquitlam (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 1:37pm [Dine in]

Just moved to Port Coquitlam and wanted to eat at an Indian restaurant. Food was great, didn't have to wait too long for the food and had enough to feel satisfied and take a little home. The server was outwardly friendly but felt a little on the superficial side. Portions are decent, and wasn't too thrilled about finding out it was extra for rice and naan bread. Overall they do have really good tasting food, it's just a bit pricey than our usual meals so we wouldn't be "regulars" here.

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Great place for newcomers or experienced tastebuds
By FoodieinBC of Coquitlam (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 11:39am [Dine in]

I have frequented this place for the last 3 years & it is easily the best indian food I've ever had. For those who say that the food is bland, give your head a shake. I have noticed siginificant taste
variations between food that is mild in heat & Indian hot. Now perhaps that is where these comments of bland taste would come from.

The buffet is a 7/10 at best but if you are in the mood for variation and want to stuff yourself a bit than its a fantastic alternative. Also, because the food is designed for the majority you will find that the food is not "spicey" or near as flavourful as menu items beacuse of this.

Portions tend to be smaller when eating in as opposed to take out so I generally go for the take out. Unlike most indian restraunts the Bombay flavours their rice with cloves & cardomum as well as including sliced carrots & peas (sparingly), so its not your plain boring Basmati.

My recommendation would be the Butter Chicken (Hot)Because this is the North American staple of indian food you might as well choose this dish to help fairly judge the restaurant.

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Good Food, a bit pricey
By spicegurl of PoCo (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 1:45pm [Dine in]

Go there quite a bit, they have some very good food, good service, although I wish the portions were a bit large for the price that they charge. My favourites there are the Cheese Chilly (truly amazing...), garlic naan and stuffed paneer naan.
Nice family restaurant and the staff is very friendly too.

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