Salam Bombay contemporary Indian restaurant
The food was absolutley outstanding. Now when people ask for a recommendation for Indian food I know where to send them! Went earlier this week for lunch with a friend. She had the haibult which came with a delicious curry base and the fish just melted in your mouth. And I had the prawns in cashew fondue which was very tasty and I have never seen that sauce base ever before. The menu seem very creative and novel. They have apparently changed their menu twice as they are still trying out new things. My friend said that the calamari on the old menu was outstanding. Definitely a MUST GO for anyone who loves good food or loves Indian food.
Went there for lunch. Must say it is a pretty decent place. The ambience and the location is great. Did have to wait at the door for 5-6 minutes as my friend was trying to find parking on the street. Got seated and the service staff seemed to be a little lost. We were expecting to have some curries and some Tandoori chicken but nothing like that was on the menu. We ended up ordering short ribs and panir salad which was awesome. But I would not call it even remotely Indian. This restaurant is a great edition but it is not an Indian restaurant by any means even though it is a lot better than a lot of the typical Indian restaurants.
Went to lunch with a couple of colleagues on a quiet day. The place is spacious and well-appointed. Service was OK. Nothing outstanding.
The menu had a few interesting choices but we stuck with the more mundane stuff: butter chickens and lamb curries, figuring we need to be in/out in less than an hour.
The nan bread wasn't 'right'. It was too thin and crisp. Being too thin and crisp meant it became dry and brittle half way through the meal. There was nan left at the meal.
The meals were fine. But absolutely nothing above what any diner could get at any other Indian restaurant in that neighbourhood during a lunch special.
Finally tally: $23.00 (incl. tip and taxes) on a lunch special that wouldn't be more than $13 - $14 anywhere else.
Sorry. The nice room wasn't worth the extra $40 the four of us unloaded on that table.
We're not going back and from discussions with other colleagues when we got back to work, the few people who ventured into the restaurant after reading the menu prices didn't think it was worth it, either.
I'm not sure how this place is going to survive unless it goes for volume of diners at a more reasonable price point at lunch. It can get as chic chic as it wants for evening sittings.
Submitted a review before but it disappeared! Was there twice in the last couple of months. Not a very busy place and did not have reservations or have to wait either time. T
he Saag Ghost is my favourite.. was delicious with the lemon juice mixed in... really flavourful and highly recommended. Chicken Goa was also good. Bhindi was nothing very exciting but maybe that's the way it's meant to be. Butter chicken also very tasty. They kept rolling out an unlimited supply of fresh naan for us with no extra charge. We also had chicken Vindaloo, quite good. Service was impeccable (although a bit slow when there were more people there on the second night). The Sauvignon Blanc was surprisingly good.
Dessert - I love, LOVE the rice pudding there. Just try it. My friends really liked the Pistachio Kulfi - very rich and creamy. Overall a very pleasant dining experience. It'd be nice to see them get more busy and hire more staff!
After a long discussion and search, we decided to eat at this place. The ambience is nice and it welcomes you to enjoy a scrumptious buffet meal paired with the best wines. The money spent is worth for the variety that they offered. Staffs are well mannered. It’s simply superbbbbbbbbb.
35 of us from our office had booked for lunch and we had a private room for ourselves and a great buffet lunch for $ 15 a piece was great. Compare it to any sandwich or take away truck served this was a sitdown lunch. Very satisfactory meal. Everything on the buffet tasted fresh and delecious. The service was quick and friendly. We were in and out in around 45 minutes. That was great.
Recently moved here so my colleagues took me out for lunch. This was my first date with Indian food and my belly just loved it. Buffet seems customery here and that made my choices easy. Good variety of fresh food, distinctly flavoured and to my surprise I over ate. Those breads are so yummy too. After a week of sandwiches this was incredible. It was quick and worth it.
So, my boyfriend an I were really excited to try this place.
WE passed by it a couple of times, seemed to be busy, so it must be good enough for lots of people.
So, we decided to save it for a special moment, our 2& 1/2 years.
It was a Sunday night and we had a reservation. However, we came in early, so we did not get the corner seat that we requested for.
The server did not really seem to care about us =/
It was a brief and uncaring 'hello'...perhaps she was tired?
there food is okay but its overpriced..
Sorry Salam Bombay wont be coming back......
The place is nice to be in and look at and really thats where it ends. The food was quite below par. The rice was sticky and brittle. Not something you want to bite into when you go to a high end place. (The response by the server - "Oh I'm sorry. It might be Old Rice".....Oh Really thanks for letting me know.)
The service was spotty. The server came back 3 times but two of thos times were within a minute of each other and then there was this long wait for my water glass to be filled. Unreal.
The wine here is not cheap either. Not a place to go to if you want to impress someone. Try some other restaurants in the neighbourhood.
I am not sure about the good reviews and would not trust them.
Food was delicious and creative.
We had potato pockets and tandoori chicken skewers for appetizers. The potato pockets were deliciously spiced, and the chicken was the most tender chicken breast I've ever eaten.
For our main course we had the chicken biryani, which came in the sealed pot it was cooked in. And we had beef short ribs, which were wonderful, with perfect basmati rice and garbonzo beans in a lovely green sauce.
Save a spot for the banana fritter - perfectly fried with a caramelized butter sauce.
Service was very attentive, partly because there were not many other customers. The owner/manager said they had only been open for dinner for 2 weeks.
We visit Vancouver several times a year and have come to depend on this web page for our eating adventure each time. Thanks to everyone for all the great advice and for the tip for this gem. Please visit it everyone so that it's here the next time we come - we will definitely make a repeat visit!
i was hyped up by the reviews i read below. after 2 years of searching for an outstanding indian restaurant in vancouver (sorry vij's, but your modern fusion never blew me away), i was excited at the possibilities.
first off, the room. a very classy, airy, white table cloth kind of place - it feels like a fine dining room but not stuffy.
next, the service. to say they went above and beyond wouldn't begin to encompass it. they explained how they're still just testing a very limited menu, and there's a couple new chefs coming from india before they open for dinner with a full menu.
after our meal, the manager took us through the kitchen and introduced us to the chef, showed off his tandoor oven... basically made it feel like he was honoured to have us in his establishment, which is a feeling you rarely get in this town.
and the food.... yes, it's definitely edging more towards the fusion side of things, with dishes like elk for offer. but there's also plenty of traditional stuff, all with a more southern indian palate. i felt like i was eating what the chef would cook for himself, not what he thought an unadventurous public would want.
lots of new flavours, not overly oily like so much indian, very nice presentation... and damn tasty. and the portions left me stuffed.
definitely the best indian meal i've had in vancouver, and beyond that, one of the most positive restaurant experiences i've ever had.
they do have an extensive, rather expensive wine list, and will obviously be attracting a higher end clientelle, but i can't wait to go back once the kitchen is in full swing to try their dinner menu.