As a bit of a globetrotter and foodie fanatic, I experience immense enjoyment in travelling and eating out and as an Indian, I always try Indian cuisine in each city that I travel around in the world. Now, being an Indian and having eaten Indian food on many occasions, my expectations are somewhat high when I am out and about and I am so pleased to tell you about one of my favourite Indian restaurants in Europe: Bombay Indisches Restaurant in Berlin, located at Friedrichstrasse 106c, Berlin, Germany 10117. When in Berlin, I look no further when I want Indian food and always head on over to Bombay, which has the friendliest staff, the fastest service and the most tasty dishes ready to be eaten!
A large restaurant with a buzzing atmosphere
Outside Bombay, there is a traditional sculpture of an Indian woman and a menu is on display on the right hand side of her. As the menu is quite long, I would recommend taking my word and sitting in the restaurant with a drink (at the very least) and reviewing it. The entire restaurant is extremely large and has two floors including a part that is enclosed only by glass so that you can feel like you’re outside. In addition, it has an outdoor seating area that is covered with umbrellas for shade when it’s sunny and blankets on each of the chairs in the evening for when it is chilly. Having sat in all parts of the restaurant over the years, I would have to recommend that you sit in the outdoors area, whether it be under the sunshine or the stars, as there is a really nice buzzy atmosphere to the whole area. As the restaurant is so large, there is no need to make a reservation in advance.
Fantastic wait staff offering great masala chai
The waiters and waitresses are all multi-lingual and most can speak English fluently. They have a warm energy and are extremely welcoming and friendly individuals. This is helpful when the menu is as long as it is, as the waiters and waitresses will take their time to explain to you the various dishes and their recommended options for you. They are definitely on top of their game and will also provide you with your drinks and food in the fastest form that you’ve ever seen. On the topic of drinks, Bombay has some fantastic cocktails (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) as well as some more traditional Indian drinks, like its mango lassi (2.90 EUR/3 USD) or masala chai (2.40 EUR/3 USD), which are both to die for! The masala chai, has to be my favourite, and I can have it at Bombay for lunch, dinner or in-between both meals as it’s that good.
Amazing dishes on the extensive menu
Now when it comes to the food, there is so much choice and it is hard to decide which dishes to order because they all sound delicious. I can confirm, having sampled so many of the vegetarian dishes, that they are also delicious in taste. When it comes to starters, I would have to recommend the paneer pakora (which is fried Indian cheese cottage fritters) (4.90 EUR/5 USD) or the divinely exotic Ganesha salat, which is an Indian salad made with homemade cheese and exotic fruits (11.90 EUR/13 USD). When it comes to the main, you should try the tarka daal, which is lentils cooked with butter, garlic, ginger and tomatoes (11.90 EUR/13 USD) or the Malay kofta, which is vegetable balls in a creamy cashew sauce (12.90 EUR/14 USD). Accompanying these items, I would suggest you order naan (2.20 EUR/2 USD) or bhatura (1.90 EUR/2 USD), which are both types of Indian bread.
Everything is packed and bursting with flavours; your appetite will definitely be satisfied and you will be surprised to hear that there will still be leftovers. This is because Bombay is so ultra generous in its portions and even offers some complimentary items like salads and rice to accompany any main meal ordered.
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Solid Indian food at a reasonable price
In my humble opinion, Bombay is one of the best Indian restaurants that you will eat in; it has an absolutely wonderful atmosphere, very prompt service, delicious food and great value for money. It really is solid Indian food at a reasonable price that I just have to give a thumbs up to and urge you to visit when you’re in Berlin. If you’re watching a show at the world-renowned Friedrichstadt-Palast, then I am sure you will be thrilled to know that the very popular Bombay is based right next door so you can hop over for lunch or dinner either before or after a show. When in Berlin, my first and last meal is always here, even if I am only travelling for a few days, so if you spot a young woman enjoying her meal outside and looking very comfortable, it’s probably me — please do come and say hello!
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