Bombay Bustle

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Bombay Bustle in Mayfair with a seating capacity of 118 covers split in two different floors captures the essence of Mumbai, our love of home comforts alongside our rapid pace of life, both existing side by side. The restaurant is a place just as well suited to a leisurely dinner with friends as a quick lunch for one, always inspired by Mumbai's diverse flavours, and home style cooking.

The menu sees re-creations of some of the city's most loved dishes alongside family recipes, from Misal pao topped with potato salli, to Kolhapuri spiced spit roasted chicken.

Designed by Fabled Studio, the space reflects erstwhile Bombay's train system, built as an offshoot of the first railway in British India, and vibrant art deco buildings juxtaposed with the organized chaos of modern Mumbai.
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London
22 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had vegetarian items from the a la carte menu.. really tasty but the desserts were outstanding!

M
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service from all the staff.
Vegetarian and vegan options very good.
Busy ambience. Lovely decor.
Very clean.
Will definitely be going back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, great food and always consistently excellent

NG
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cozy with excellent food.

P
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Amazing food!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

One of our guests had a main dish that was not edible - it had so much salt in it. There must have been a mistake in the ingredients - we all tried it. They dealt with the problem too defensively without even offering the same dish to be freshly cooked.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

No service, barely anyone coming over, the people who did come over were not well versed in the menu, portions were very small, very overpriced

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Just really yummy! Great atmosphere and fantastic cocktails. Thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Would highly recommend if you are looking for authentic Indian food at reasonable prices for London.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect restaurant

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GK
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

What a shame.
There were a great many staff on duty and by no means was the place busy but the chaos and confusion was laughable.

The service was so incredibly slow, we had to more or less wave to attract anyone's attention.

There were staff just standing around whilst cutlery, crockery and glassware were pilling up on our table, we had to ask for these to be cleared as the staff were not paying attention.

The food was very disappointing, it was served cold on a warm plate so only the center of the dish had any temperature to it, the lamb samosas were tasteless and also served cold, the lamb curry was sent back! as was one of the chicken dishes.

All in all very disappointing

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So many amazing Indian restaurants in London and Bombay Bustle tops the list. The staff makes the experience. Hostess Lisida is so warm and welcoming and made space for us at the shared dining table, great company and amazing food!

R
London
72 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

A nice Indian in the heart of Mayfair. Good for a quick business meal or then a pre theatre dinner.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Big difference in quality from last visits no tasting menu available not a le good as last which was excellent

SS
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Just really wasn’t up to much ...

Cobra in pewter tankards, Er ... no.

Beef on bone was tough, should be easily removed.

Multiple waiting staff mixed up our dishes (on a table for 2: how hard can they be).

Goan Fish curry okay but no more.

Popadoms more like skips (remember them).

Maybe just trying too hard to be differentiate and just maybe need to focus more on the food and service.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Locale carino ma molto rumoroso.

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P
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always eat here when in London. Fabulous setting-like being on a train in India, and staff and food are fantastic!

GR
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We went for my husband’s birthday and it was definitely an experience! A little pricey but worth it for a special occasion. Friendly staff, lovely decor and great food!

P
London
38 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first visit on a recommendation. The food was different enough without losing touch with good standard indian food. Very attentive staff and no rush when lunch was over.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Thumping music has to go! Food was great, but unexpected ‘club’ atmosphere

t
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Generally positive experience. Service was somewhat awkward (I had a hard time with my waiters accent) and a little pushy, but food and ambience were delightful.

C
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding experience - the Express Menu was top notch, the staff were everywhere and yet unobtrsusive. Can't wait to go back,

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience1

Excellent food at a reasonable price. Sadly, however, the blaring "ultra" type "techno" music (particularly the unending bass beat drowning out any suggestion of actual music) makes what could be a pleasant dining experience into nothing less than torture.

That said, there is also the issue of a relatively young wait staff whose hearing will surely suffer over time.

Perhaps for some who are considering enjoying the food, "take away" would be an option (just keep your fingers in your ears if you need to wait for your package).

JH
London
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, cocktails and wine. Service a little slow on this occasion.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fav Indian

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Dinner with relative from NZ

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I thought the service was excellent, staff were attentive and friendly. Drinks were brilliant! I must say it is a little overpriced but definitely worth a visit. Special birthday cake came out too which was a pleasant surprise!

LD
London
51 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I had an extremely disappointed experience at Bombay Bustle. The service standards had really dropped since my last visit - we struggled to get waiters to bring us a drinks menu, to get additional drinks and even to pay - our waiter walked off halfway through us paying with 50% of the bill outstanding - we had to insist we hadn't finished paying and spent a while waiting for someone to come back. The manager seemed distracted and disinterested (I understand it was not the usual manager) but he did not seem to want to help or take interest in our table which was a shame.
My biggest concern was that both my friend and I returned to our separate houses that evening and both experienced severe stomach cramps and were both very ill that night and the following day. We reported to the restaurant who insisted it couldnt' be their fault and were very unhelpful/unsympathetic. I have insisted the incident is investigated further as I do not want other guests to have similar problems.
Unsurprisingly, I will not be returning again!

NK
London
19 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great restaurant. A little too dark in the restaurant but food, service & quality all 100%.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They charge £8 for some kind of dip sauce. Don’t be fooled by the small dish price. There are a lot of surcharges that you never heard of. Maybe it’s just happened for some visitors like us

MS
Dubai
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was not fresh

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Bombay Bustle. It never disappoints. In my view, it’s the best Indian restaurant in London

HS
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Buzzy evening place, perfect for an evening out, a lively business supper or friends. Service was attentive and friendly, food was delicious and the whole ambience made it a great experience.

PM
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, great service. Subtle spicy flavors. Very kind and attentive staff.

JB
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our meal at Bombay Bustle, attentive and friendly service and delicious mains. The only bad comment would be that the starter (we shared the dosas) were a bit bland and we asked for our mains to be spicy and they weren’t spicy enough. Would recommend on the whole though.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most Indianan restaurants in london

SS
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

amazing food and great service. my only constructive feedback would have to be the music, there is no need for deep house or hectic music during lunch time if anything it is the only thing that puts me off from visiting.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had a lovely meal and some great drinks!

J
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not great. Food quality was not good. Waiter rushed and made strong recommendations that we did not favor.

Z
London
27 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

A great evening and fantastic service from Mohammed. The only issue was at the beginning of evening when we were placed right next to the big TV screen on the lower ground floor, having been assured that the cricket would stop at 6pm. Thankfully we were moved to the ground floor which didn't have a TV!

FS
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our waiter was excellent- he did us a happy anniversary dessert on the house and was generally wonderful. I found it troubling to discover that this restaurant does not pass on the service charge to staff- which sadly does make me much less inclined to visit here again.