Last weekend was a busy one for me. I was working a conference in Kingston on Friday and Saturday. I raced home Saturday because we had plans to go out with a friend for dinner. Paul wanted to try a new Indian restaurant in Burlington that had been opened for a few months - we had driven by but not popped in. It was time to correct this.
Elise arrived at about 5 bearing gifts. She had brought a wonderful early anniversary gift for us which was such a nice treat. In her words: 'the 10th is a big one so gifts it is!'
Who were we to refuse?
We sipped a Tahitian Sunrise while we opened gifts, chatted, and laughed.
Then it was off to the restaurant.
Bombay's Chutney, featuring high ceilings and big windows, makes the transition from the busy decorating in many Indian food establishments to understated without a drop in quality of the fare. It's located in the Longo's plaza at Walker's Line and Dundas Street and features a mix of muted colours and stylish lighting. The Indian touches show up in the profile of a room divider and art under glass on table tops.
The menu is quite extensive and we had a difficult time deciding what to order.
We decided to start off with an appetizer platter which featured a generous assortment of Vegetable Samosas, Aloo Tiki and Onion Bhaji. This was served with a tangy tamarind chutney and curred chickpeas.
We decided to order a number of different dishes and share, that way we could try many different things. The first one to arrive was Lamb Tikka. We enjoyed the juicy chunks of lamb which had been marinaded, cooked in a tandoor and finished with cinnamon. It was served with mint chutney and salad.
The next dish in our feast was vegetable biryani. This was an aromatic blend of ling grained rice cooked with saffron, vegetables and spices. It came topped with crisp onions and sliced almonds. I really enjoyed the layers of flavours and textures in this dish.
One of our all-time favourite things to order at Indian restaurants is butter chicken. I laugh at folks who think that the dish is actually made with butter; instead what we received was moist pieces of chicken cooked to perfection in a rich sauce of tomato, cream and spices. The sauce was accented nicely with dried fenugreek.
Elise selected a vegetarian dish I had never heard of, let alone tried, for her dish. It was called mutter paneer. For those of you who, like me, don't have a clue about this it is cubes of cottage cheese that are simmered in a rich tomato sauce with cream, onions, and green peas. I was so glad that she had ordered this, I doubt that I ever would have, yet it was wonderful! Thank you Elise for expanding our horizons.
Now, before anyone says anything, of course we ordered naan bread. I can not eat Indian food without copious quantities of hot naan bread to sop it all up. The waitress tried to tell us that we had ordered too much naan - clearly she hadn't met us before. We went with what our gut told us and were happy that we had. This was wonderful naan - light and crispy on the edges.
Of course we were not able to eat all of this food so Paul had leftovers during the week - a good thing as I was away for four days running another conference. The portions were generous, the flavour incredible - there wasn't one bad dish amongst those we ordered. I can't believe that we have driven by this spot for seven months and not stopped in! We will definitely return.
The dishes shown above, with steamed basmati rice, beers, and water came to $ 95 with the tip.