Bombay Borough: The taste of memories

Experience the length and breadth of India on one table
Experience the length and breadth of India on one table

By Rhonita Patnaik


Published: Fri 24 Jul 2020, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Fri 24 Jul 2020, 2:00 AM

Located at the uptown section of DIFC, the restaurant is quintessential of the old British bungalows that I grew up in the Indian state of Assam. The exterior potted verandah and the wooden entrance and flooring is reminiscent of the olden days. Those who know, know! Those who haven't experienced the 'babu' culture (as we call it in India) of the bygone era, can get a sneak peek at Bombay Borough. Ambience: tick.

A clean, hygienic environment is maintained with at the restaurant. The servers are prompt in guiding you to designated corners and providing you with tissues and sanitisers. Handing us the new menu, we are patiently guided through what's hot and what's not available any longer. Service: tick

To bring you back to the present is the food. Experience the length and breadth of India on one table. The menu is experimental and is full of twists and the combination unlikely. Like the fiery thecha prawns that are coated with peanuts that we started with. The first impression was great - Look out for that! We moved to the gunpowder potatoes. Of course, not an innovation, but the taste is a discovery to your palate.

The Kashmiri Naan Kebab - mince mutton seekh infused with 'kabab chini' and saffron-brushed naan, stays true to its roots. Flavourful but not very spicy. A good pick if you want to go light on your stomach and palate.

All in all, the starters were not off-putting oily. A good pick for health-conscious foodies.

After a mouthful of starters, we were brave enough to pick just one main course - the mutton dum biryani - on recommendation. Again, not an original but worth a try if you are like mild-spiced biryani!

Not tilting towards my preference for sweets, but hands-down the flourless dark chocolate bar wins brownie points. The gooey bar is complemented by sesame and jiggery crumble. So make sure to make place for this one after your meal. Food: tick.

Pro-tip: If you are looking for nostalgia and peace, Bombay Borough is open now. The new menu is better priced and ongoing offers are a bonus.



Experience the length and breadth of India on one table
Experience the length and breadth of India on one table

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