Indian food doesn’t get enough love in Montreal! Sweet Pea has been gushing about Bombay Mahal for years, but Diva #1 kept missing out on Sweet Pea’s Bombay Mahal nights. Finally the Divas and Sweet Pea made plans to go to this BYOW hole-in-the-wall in Parc Ex for what was deemed as the best Indian food in Montreal. The lineup that went out the door was proof enough that Bombay Mahal was popular.
For some reason, though it is a BYOW restaurant, we didn’t bring any wine . While the Divas arrived at the restaurant first and waited in line, we called Sweet Pea who brought in the wine that she was planning to bring to a party later that night. Poor Sweet Pea, she went to the party empty handed but we all left glowing with a nice little buzz.
We started with the vegetarian samosas which were stuffed with potatoes, peas and delicious Indian spices. They were fried to perfection so that they were still crunchy on the outside and bursting with flavourful filling.
We also enjoyed the vegetarian pakora which is made with cauliflower, chick peas and spinach that is, again, fried to perfection. It came with a delicious cilantro based chutney that is popular in Indian cuisine. It was a great dipping sauce for the pakora!
We started with a classic, the butter chicken and it was perfect. The rich butter cream sauce was decadent, the chicken was tender and we were soon dipping in our naan bread to finish the remaining sauce. Lamb biryani is another classic with lamb, onions and a lot of curry. This is one of their spicier dishes that isn’t saucy but prepared with the rice already mixed in.
Sweet Pea recommended the chicken korma where the boneless chicken is cooked in yogurt. This is similar to butter chicken but it is spiced differently so it has a distinct taste. We loved it! For an added treat, we ordered the paneer naan which is delicious naan bread baked in a Tandoor oven but stuffed with cheese. We devoured it in seconds!
Bombay Mahal is now our favourite stop for Indian food. The service is quick, the waiters are friendly and the food is really delicious for unbeatable prices. Sweet Pea once went on a Wednesday and was greeted by a line that went outside the door. Montrealers love this hole-in-the-wall and everyone who goes there to eat leaves satisfied and thanking us for the recommendation! It may not look like a Diva hot spot but the food is certainly Diva-approved.
Our Rating: Always on Thursdays
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