1018 Commercial Dr, Vancouver BC V5L 3W9
A few weeks ago when I was wandering Commercial Drive on yet another food-finding mission, my partner spotted Bombay Kitchen with a sign for $12.99 lunch buffet. That imprint was filed away in the back of his mind only to surface on an idle Sunday. We sat outside on the patio at 49th Parallel and Lucky’s on Main Street, sipping coffee and eating a late morning doughnut when I started feeling the pangs for butter chicken.
My partner recalled the sandwich board and we made our way over to Commercial for some lunch. We were greeted when we entered the restaurant, with a few tables scattered about. We asked to sit on the patio which was entirely empty, though only 4 tables total. It was a nice day and summer in Vancouver means maximizing sunlight intake.
The server came out with some waters, gave us the run-down of how the buffet works (they serve you to keep with COVID standards) and you get unlimited naan delivered to your table. She came back shortly with our place settings and a basket of naan and off we went.
Inside, I walked along the row of metal buffet chafers (I actually Googled what these are called) and started loading my plate. Here are the things I got:
- Veggie Pakoras with Tamarind & Coriander Sauce
- Eggplant Bartha
- Daal Bombay
- Pakora Curry
- Chicken Curry
- Beef Curry
- Basmati Rice
- Naan Bread
I won’t describe every single dish but will name some highlights. The pakoras were quite delicious, not greasy or heavy but could have been more crispy though understandably hard to maintain in a buffet setting. The beef curry was delicious – the chunks of beef were very tender. I didn’t have this on my first plate as it was too full, but I went back for a second round of more rice and just this curry. I also enjoyed the daal – I’m not a huge fan of lentils but this dish was very flavourful and savory. All the items were on the spicier side and had different styles to them. Although the colour is not varied, as with most Indian foods, they all had their own unique taste.
The naan was probably the best part of the meal – nice and light with a good crisp on the outside but still chewy on the inside. All I could think of was a nice brush of butter and some minced garlic sprinkled on top and I would have been content eating just that… well with some curry folded in.
When I went inside for my second serving, the Manager was very attentive and called to our server in the kitchen to come out and serve me right away. She was very lovely and explained the dishes as we went along earlier. We finished our meals, stuffed to the brim, and paid the extremely cheap price for more food than we would get elsewhere. On our way out, the Manager thanked us for coming, he seemed very grateful for our business.
Overall, I would definitely come back to Bombay, especially for the buffet because it’s a great deal. You can pay the same and get a sub-par brown bag of fast food, or you can come here for the same price and eat to your heart’s content. Ironically, there was no butter chicken so I never did satisfy that craving.
- Lunch Buffet $12.99
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