Bombay Se is an Indian and fusion restaurant that serves special sizzling dishes
Went here with the kids for a nice lunch. We had the AYCE buffet but it was barely anyone there That should have been a sign that I should have walked out. We had butter chicken and goat curry with rice and garlic naan. The butter chicken was lacking flavour and the goat curry was decent. The garlic naan was tasty. Tried the other dishes but they were less memorable. After we started eating at 130pm, we were the only people there. The service was ok, as the waitress offered us some fresh garlic naan. The variety was nothing to mention. Most of the meat was gone except for the goat curry. It just seem that they are going through the motions and really do not care. I used a coupon that was in the newspaper so that the usually $11.99 buffet was $8.99. Would I ever go back even if it was $8.99, probably not as there are so many other East Indian restaurants that are so much better.
I remember when Bombay Se opened it was one of the first restaurants offering Bombay style Indian foods, and I liked their walls which featured black & white shots of classic Bollywood stars.
Forward to now and they've moved into a bigger space with a lounge area and a dining area.
Currently they are offering weekend dinner buffets and weekday lunch buffets for about $15.
This buffet is amazing AND high quality! It's on par with the super-good buffet offered by Saffron in Burnaby but this buffet offers more unique Bombay style Indian foods including street foods.
They also have butter chicken on the buffet.
I loved that they offered ample chunks of fresh fruit including pineapple and watermelon as dessert.
The buffet was refilled with new items or topped off as it was emptying. They bring freshly cooked naan to the table. Coffee or tea is self-serve and is included with the buffet.
Contrary to the previous reviewer we found the service here was really good. The servers are friendly and sweet AND the fact that they have been trained is obvious. What is up with restaurants that just slap an apron on a clueless new employee and send them off to serve patrons.
I went for dinner on a Saturday night, and the patrons were multicultural. Some ordered off the menu while others had the buffet. It's a welcoming restaurant for families as well although it was irritating when a mother was letting her 4 year old dish out fruit and dropping half the fruit on the ground. It was not cute at all but bad parenting can't be blamed on the child.
The food was all piping hot, and tasty. I love pav bhaji and they even included the buttered rolls for this dish in the buffet. They had wada and sambar. Don't miss the build your own Bhel Puri appetizer at the beginning of the buffet alongside the chutneys. The lamb curry was one of the best I've had at a restaurant as the meat was good quality and trimmed of fat. I've had lamb at other restaurants where the meat is chunks of fat and bones. They also had some stir-frys but I skipped these.
I think the dishes rotate daily but I've only been to the buffet once.
I highly recommend this buffet, as it's more of a feast than an everyday meal. We tipped generously as we were quite happy overall with the food and service and because its very unusal to see this type of Bombay style food on a buffet.
The ambiance is nice as well, as other people are happily eating away and the tables aren't set too close together. Please note that the night we went the restaurant was only accessible by stairs as their elevator was out of order.
If you are not into buffets I recommend a visit here anyhow to have one of their sizzler dishes from the menu, or if you are visiting for lunch do try the bombay style veggie sandwich, I adore this the combo of chutney with potato cucumbers and cheese just works.
Bombay Se has moved. They are still located at 7500 Scott Rd, but they have moved upstairs, to the space that used to be Next Level. The room is the same, pretty much, as it was when Next Level was there. The Bombay Se people have added Bollywood posters and some TV sets are playing Hindi movies. In lounge area, the TV's are tuned to sports.
Currently, they are not open for lunch. Plans are to do lunches starting in November. They are closed Tuesdays.
The Other Half and I had been meaning to try it out, based on the reviews here. When we finally got around to it, the old location had closed. We were about to say "oh well", when we noticed new signage upstairs, Finally, they opened and we went last evening for supper.
Since the sizzlers are their signature dishes, we each ordered one. The OH had sizzling chicken with peppercorn sauce, vegetables and rice. I had chicken tikka with red chilli sauce, veg and rice. Both came with masala fries. Both arrived with a whoosh of steam and a long-lasting sizzle from the iron pan beneath. We also ordered one garlic naan (the OH's addiction) and cooling raita, just in case.
Mine was excellent. Chicken was in large chunks, the garlic/chilli sauce very tasty. Lots of rice and veggies beneath, and the hot iron plate seared the veggies just a bit. The OH's chicken sizzler was pretty good, but there was a bit more of a "char" to it. Garlic naan was lovely, yogurt raita was cool and fresh. But, OH.... the masala fries! Yummy, yummy!! I can see making a meal just out of the fries and cold beer.
Service was excellent as well. Prompt, attentive, and friendly. One server spent quite a bit of time patiently explaining just about everything on the menu, in detail, to a couple who came in not knowing much about Indian food
Not too many people in the early evening, but more were arriving as we left. A bit different, very good experience. We will return for the novelty, the good food and the people.
Food: Sizzlers are a must try - I had the chicken tikka one with my bf and we thought it was awesome. Also had Goa's Prawns which tasted also great but was a little on the pricey side considering it came in a small bowl. Spicy spicy spicy so maybe request that it be more mild if you can't handle it. They had drinks on special but we didn't catch them all when she mentioned them - they really should be printed on a menu of some sort.
Service: The nicest people ever! Really too bad they weren't on the ball with refilling water as we had to ask several times to have someone refill our empty cups. So super friendly - the server rushed out to say goodbye!
Ambiance: Not like your typical east indian restaurant - it had black walls and big blow up pictures of famous Bollywood scenes and actors/actresses. My bf found it amusing and I thought it was really interesting/neat as he explained each one to me. The restaurant is kind of small, the location is horrible (in the corner of an outdoor mini mall) and the outside gives off an aura that it would be just another cheap east indian restaurant so its really easy to miss.
Overall: Please go and try this place if you can! Very yummy and I would def. return to try more of those sizzlers. Mmmmm....
My girlfriend bought a Groupon for this place. I know it has been around for a while and has had different owners. My understanding is the first owner did a nice job. Currently it is pretty weak.
We got the brunch buffet. I could nit pick a number of weak points of this restaurant but it isn't worth the time. The food for the most part is below average with a small selection. Only the fish pakoras and naan were really good. The daal was decent. The rest was poor. I didn't enjoy the flavour. If a person had a Groupon and wanted to feed it would do. I wouldn't go back. I would recommend trying any place you have never heard of over this. At least somewhere else you have a chance at good food as you have no chance here.
The Groupon curse continues.
We went to Bombay Se for late lunch/early dinner. There were no partron in the restuarant. The waitress told us that the lunch buffet was still on and it was $11.99. We took a quick look and they had butter chicken and goat currey for their mains. They also had a couple of vegetable dishes. I asked for Tandoori chicken but they did not have this on the buffet. For this price you also get a soft drink/dessert and Chai. Not a bad price. We ate and she got us fresh naan at our table. You also have a choice for garlic naan or plain naan. I think she also mentioned that the have Roti. Food was ok. I would not say it was outstanding but not bad for the price. There were lots of choices so one could not go hungry. The server was also very good. She checked on us a few times. She looked bored as we were the only people in the resturant. Not sure if it gets busy at lunch time or dinner time. The resturant is big with lots of tables etc. Would go back but there are too many Indian resturants in Surrey to try.
No thank you very much you can take these back.
Then the server comes back and says "well, we've taken them back this time but we can serve food from costco if we want"
The costco spring are no doubt good but i don't come here to eat frozen food and pay 10 times the price for it. And therefore I and my money are never coming back again and you can serve frozen food all you want.
Thank you very much
After reading many negative reviews about the service here, I decided to order take out on my way home from work. This way, I could try the food and also skip the bad service.
I ordered the butter chicken (spicy), veggie pakora, paneer pakora and na'an. the veggie pakora was awesome, not too greasy, and perfect amount of seasoning. the butter chicken was just right, i like my food to be so hot i sweat sometimes and this was great! the na'an bread was fresh and delicious. the only complaint I have, is with the paneer pakora. I've never actually ordered the paneer before from anywhere but I swear that it tastes like an armpit. It was so bad I only ate a few pieces while and ended up throwing the rest directly into the garbage. like I said, maybe this is just the way paneer tastes, or maybe it's the paneer from here. regardless, I'm too afraid to order it from anywhere again to find out.
All in all, a really good meal, good spice and they give you 15% off if you pick it up. I'll be going back
Read all the negative reviews, didn't expect too much out of this place. Turns out it's in fact much better than the previous reviews.
I came in on a Friday afternoon ( just finished actually ), since the coupon I bought online expires in May. I had the Bombay Se special sizzling plate, which comes with chicken and lamb, served with rice, fries, and veggies. It was pretty good considering some of the bad experiences I had with Indian food before. It also comes in a big portion, like a plateful of meat, veggies, and rice.
Also, the prices on their website is actually outdated. The sizzling plate is $16.99, cheaper than what's on the website. It's still a little on the expensive side though. They also feature a $11.99 lunch buffet, which looks attractive to me but wasn't up for AYCE today.
The server lady was attentive and polite, the restaurant seems pretty clean and high-ended. I would definitely come back for the buffet, and maybe the sizzling plates if I feel like it.
I have eaten at this restaurant on numerous occasions. We dine there especially when the buffet is open as everyone in my family has slightly different tastes in Indian food. We consider it a good value for the price we've previously been charged for the kid's buffet. 3 kids and I usually dine there for about $25 (including tip).
At this particular time, I came with 3 of my kids - age 6, 8, 9. We only ordered 2 naans between the four of us and the kids had very little portions. The butter chicken had very little meat in it and the goat curry had small pieces of meat with a lot of bones. There was no fruit this time. On the positive side, the fish pakora was very fresh tasting and the naans were soft and baked perfectly (there have been times we've been served hard and crunchy naans).
When I went to pay the bill, the waitress asked me the ages of my children. I told her and she said that she'd have to charge my 9 year old for an adult's buffet and charged my two younger children the price of the kid's buffet. Total $48!! - for 3 kids and 1 adult. WTF?
She looked at my shocked expression and asked me what was wrong. I told her that I've never been charged so much before and that I've dined there on numerous occasions. I told her that I've never had to pay adult prices for my kids and that I don't even get charged for my younger 2 because they eat so little. She argued with me and said that I must've come at lunch instead of dinner. I insisted that it wasn't so, but she wouldn't budge and I gave up arguing and paid the bill.
I left feeling stupid and TOTALLY RIPPED OFF. I wouldn't have minded an explanation of "our prices have gone up", or "this is our new kid's buffet price", but she insisted I was wrong and I could tell my her expression that she was taking advantage of me.
I can't stand dishonest people. I am NEVER going back there again.
To the point of almost begging from a British ex-pat craving for good butter chicken, a small group decided to go to this place in Surrey for Indian food. I never heard about this place but given their insistence, this place must be good. So we went.
Unless you were aware of this restaurant, you will not have know it is there, as it is tucked inside a corner in a strip mall (same block as Future Shop). It was just 7:00 p.m. when we arrived and the mall itself was deserted. Not necessarily a good sign at this point. However, when we opened the door, it showed the place was well known to others - it was almost packed. Fortunately, we were able to get ahold of a table for four.
We ordered lamb curry, chicken and spinach curry, a Biryani and, well, the butter chicken. We also had some garlic naan. All of us ordered beer, except our desginated driver who ordered a lassi. The drinks came after five or so minutes followed shortly by the lassi. And we waited, waited and waited for the food. We were almost done with our drinks when the food finally arrived, almost all at the same time (except for the biryani which took another couple of more minutes).
I wasn't terribly excited about the food. The lamb was slightly gamey (as expected) but I thought it could have been slightly more tender. The curry sauce of the chicken and spinach curry had a good consistency but lacking heat (they are not to blame, though, my friends are not real fans of spicy hot food). The butter chicken was creamy and slightly sweet; unfortunately, the chicken from both the chicken dishes was a bit on the dry side. Finally, the biryani was so-so - I have done better rice dishes.
The service was hit or miss. As mentioned above, the timing was a bit off. In their defence, in the menu, they did mention dishes might take 20 or so minutes to come out after they were ordered. Water wasn't refilled after glasses were empty and had to ask for them a couple of times. The same happened to the bill. To those who care, they did check on us a couple of times.
There is a huge opportunity for improvement regarding ambiance. The layout of the restaurant is basically a box with tables. There is nothing separating a table from the next and when things get loud, it gets really loud. The walls have pictures of Bollywood movie stars but it is not something I care much about. The place was a bit dark to my liking. You could see the food but, unless you knew what was on the table, you might not be able to differentiate some dishes from others (which happened to us with the lamb and chicken and spinach dishes).
Overall, it was OK, it might be better than some Indian restaurants in Vancouver (after all, it is Surrey!). I would drop by again and try some other dishes (I wished we tried some of the sizzling plates, as described by other reviewers) if (and only if) I was in the area. Might not do so if I had to drive all the way down there.
We used to enjoy this restaurant. Upon entering we were being escorted to our table, but had to stop midway there and twiddle our thumbs as our server began a conversation with another patron who stopped him. No harm done, he realized fairly quickly and asked the other fellow to wait. Then, we asked for chai tea with our meal, one of our favourite aspects of this buffet, as many others don't offer it. Well, the chai came when we were done, after reminding him twice about it, and it was the worst chai I have ever had. It was so watery that it had no spices or milk that I could detect. It was like they only had a little left and rather than make more, they simply diluted it with hot water. The food was of very poor quality, with none of the condiments that they used to offer such as lime pickle, etc. After we finished eating I noticed some people had managed to find papards, but there were none when we ate - oh well! Getting our bill so that we could leave was a feat in itself. After waiting to catch hold of him to ask for it, we then had to wait painfully long for it to come. When it did, I said to please take the card now, but he looked right at me and ran away anyway. We had to bring the bill up to the cashier so that we could get out of there.
Never again! They have no doubt cut many corners, but kept the same prices. Save your money!!
Overall it wasn't a great experience for the price.
The place was empty at 7pm on a Saturday so that affected the general vibe of the dining experience. Also it was really cold in there; I didn't see the point of having all the ceiling fans on when it was cloudy and pouring rain outside. My friend mentioned it's always cold in there.
I got a sizzler and the rice was undercooked. The rest of it was good.
I ordered a coke and they brought it to me in a plastic tumbler which was super tacky, not to mention the tumbler was also sticky on the outside. Gross. But then they give you the moist towelettes (hand wipes). Also I had to try several times to get a refill on my drink.
The server was really friendly and courteous but I couldn't help but notice the several food stains on her tie.
Overall it seems like they are trying to be a high end restaurant but not doing a good job of it. Lots of details are overlooked, and I got the general feeling of neglect as opposed to a happening place.
Probably wouldn't go back there.
My wife is from Bombay and the appetizers are reminiscient of Bombay snack/street food. We've visited Bombay Se several times over the last couple of years and have found the experience worthwhile.
This past week, we visited their new location. They've done a reasonable job with the decor and theme of the restaurant, expanding on what they had in the previous location.
Unfortunately, service, inconsistent before, has gotten worse. When we arrived upstairs, we waited patiently and quietly or 10 minutes while the server updated another guest on the current fashions in Bombay. Once we were noticed, we were asked to wait for a table to be prepared. 5 minutes later, we were seated at our table ... missing a place setting. We were 5 people squeezed into a table for 4 ... we kept looking around wondering why we weren't seated at one of the larger tables that remained empty while we were there. This trend continued throughout our dinner.
The food was consistent. The appetizers are good and several of the items unique. Dinner ... average.
We'vedecided to look for a new haunt for Puri and Frankies. Service makes or breaks a dining experience, regardless of the food, and we've had too many issues at Bombay Se.
Went for lunch because of good reviews. Short menu all with deep-fried food.
Had the Frankie chicken. Chicken was good but was wrapped in deep-fried roti & was served with french fries & cole slaw.
Service - OK.
Decor - good. Washrooms clean.
Won't go back.
This is a great place good food great service you will not be disappointed ..Curry goat is awsome price is reasonable..try it out you will enjoy...This is one of the best buffet in town as there are so many Indian restaurants in surrey..Service is excellent they work really hard to make there customers happy..
After only one experience I can say my girlfiend and I weren't overly impressed but I want to give it another shot because the food that we tried was pretty darn good. Our server was a tool.. is that being mean? Well, he was.. what can I say! He was a tattooed younger kid who seemed like he wanted to be somewhere else... my girlfriend had asked him if she could have a particular vegetarian meal with a little bit of chicken added to it and he replied, "No, I don't think we can do that" and just stared at her blankly. Who doesn't add some chicken to something and then just charge you extra?.. it was very apparent he just didn't want to do it. (I think it actually said somewhere on the menu that you could sub items for other things, etc.) The food was good although I think it's definitely over-priced. I had one of the medium-hot sizzlers and the chicken was great.. the fact that it came with french fries seemed kind of bizarre for a place that markets itself as higher-end. My girlfriend's butter chicken was FANTASTIC (spicy!) and there was plenty left over to take home. All in all I think we'll try this one again and I'll get a better feel whether it's worth frequenting or not.. so call me undecided..
I heard raving reviews about this restaurant and decided to try out for myself. The ambience is really nice for an East Indian restaurant and gives a slightly modern/contemporary look coupled with Bollywood posters and artifacts throughout the restaurant. Upon arriving, the waitresses and hostesses acknowledged us but did not attend to us for at least 10 minutes which initially gave us a sour taste to begin with. We got seated and were baffled to see only 3 chicken dishes. I ordered the infamous butter chicken and a Lamb dish as well as paneer makhni and dum aloo. We were suprised to see Dum Aloo on the menu as very few restaurants have brought that native dish to Canada. I was quite impressed with the food and it was a real nice treat after eating at many Indian Restaurants on Scott Road which all taste the same including Mehfil and Mahek (not sure what's good about them as the food was below par). The biggest draw back at Bombay Se is the portions of food which are really small and is definitely over priced. I am right in the middle for the value that this place provides. The oweners definitely need to step it up a notch and add the additional value by either increasing the portions or decreasing the prices by average $5!!!!!
Yesterday, I went to this restaurant with my friends. It is a small restaurant. For 4 persons and two of them having downed two shots of red wine, the bill came $130. food was just average, like most of east indian restaurant. reason, food portions are very small and prices pegged at average rate, forcing you to order more dishes.
Would never try again.
To start I didn't realize until writing this review that 2 was decent, because I sort of expected to give it a 3. I would probably give this restaurant another try if I lived closer, but I wouldn't get a sizzler again.
The place was busy and they were actually turning people away since they had all the tables reserved ahead of time... which seems like a pretty good sign. I think as mentioned before the interior is interesting since it's full of huge Bollywood photos.
The food was okay. The chicken stuffed roti that we had as an appetizer was very good. Although the flattened baby potatoes with yogurt and chutney wasn't quite as impressive. Rather than getting the usual Indian type entrees with rice and nann, we decided to try the sizzlers since they sounded different and were suggested by previous reviewers.
The sizzlers are definitely different. I mean they come with fries and a slice of melted cheese on top. They were also pretty generous with the portions of meat, but it actually could have used some more rice. The dish was also far too salty for my tastes.
Anyway, if you're planning on trying this place you should probably call ahead and make reservations.