Bombay Delight

Bombay Delight Wimbledon

Tuesday 16th Apr 2024 |

It’s not often a restaurant’s name so accurately reflects the experience of those who dine within it, but Chef Ajay Chaurasia’s Bombay Delight in Wimbledon is exactly that.

From the bright and cheerful light-drenched interiors to the sunny nature of the friendly and knowledgeable staff serving up vibrant plates of classic curries and contemporary street-food spin-offs, Bombay Delight is the happy place you never realised you needed.  

Sunshine vibes

Open seven days a week and just a short hop from South Wimbledon station, step off the bustle of The Broadway and into Bombay Delight’s inviting armchair filled lounge where pretty-patterned tiled flooring meets a contemporary gallery wall.  

From this sun-drenched spot, right through to the 36-cover private dining room at the back, every inch of the welcoming neighbourhood hangout exudes a warm, easy going and colourful vibe. Bold and intriguing pieces of artwork containing subtle nods to Indian history are scattered throughout the space along with a mix of comfortable, brush-stroked banquette seating and individual curved back chairs that can be reconfigured at a moment’s notice to cater to cosy couple lunches or big group gatherings. 

Flavour-packed Food

From traditional Indian staples to lesser-known regional specialties, chef and founder Ajay Chaurasia has brought his own personal take on modern Indian cuisine to the South West London crowd. Familiar old friends of Tikka Masala, Korma and Rogan Josh are there for the taking but elevated far beyond traditional Indian restaurant expectations through the creation of exceptionally tender meats and the silkiest of sauces. However, it is off the beaten track on the extensive menu where diners encounter stand-out signature dishes that swiftly become their new go-to orders.

Awaken your appetite with rich and sticky Tamarind Wings; creamy Avocado Chaat (ripe avocado folded with potatoes, tamarind & green chutney, finished with lime juice); or Indo-Chinese-style Chilli Paneer with bell peppers, spring onions and fiery shredded chillies.

Tandoori dishes are served up in both starter and main sized portions and will present impossible choices between the likes of Barrah Lamb Chops (marinated middle neck lamb chops with stone- ground spices & dusted with Himalayan salt), Achari paneer tikka coated with an intoxicating mix of pickling spices & hung yogurt, and even Tandoori Broccoli marinated in natural yogurt and Kashmiri chillies before being grilled in a charcoal oven for a deep, creamy flavour with a kick. 

The stamp of ‘Chef’s Signature’ opens up a world of regionally-inspired specialties such as Mahim ki Nihari (slowly simmered lamb shank with a hint of saffron and rose petals, famous on the streets of Mahim in Mumbai); melt in the mouth Murgh Hariyali masala (chicken cooked in coconut milk & freshly stone-blended green herb sauce); Keralan Scallops Curry in coconut milk with onion, tomato, sun-dried red chilli & ground fennel seeds,and Baghare Baingan (Hyderabadi-style baby eggplant curry with tamarind, peanuts, sesame & fresh coconut).

And to finish, sweet delights come courtesy of traditional Gajar Ka Halwa, the rich, velvety carrot pudding topped with nuts & dry fruits that feeds the nostalgia of many Indian families;  fried Gulab Jamun dough balls made from milk solids & soaked with an aromatic sugar syrup; Rasmalai Cake drenched with saffron and cardamom milk, topped with whipped cream & pistachio; or a light, creamy and smooth baked St Sebastian Cheesecake served with mixed berry compote.

Weekend brunch with Bombay Vibes 

Come the weekend, Wimbledon is a neighbourhood that loves to brunch and every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4pm Bombay Delight delivers a lively brunch with added punch. 

The unique brunch menu “From the Streets of Bombay ” is a fun mash-up of moreish dishes that can be ordered en masse and dived into for an entire afternoon of flavour-fuelled fun. Chaat Bombs of puffed hallow biscuits filled with chickpea mash and splashed with yogurt and chutneys; Soft Dahi Vada lentil fritters drenched in creamy, sweet yogurt & topped with house-made spiced powder; Pani Puri (lentil and tamarind stuffed wholewheat biscuits) ready to be filled with spicy dressing and popped into the mouth whole; hand-rolled flatbread layered with egg and lightly fried on a cast griddle to create Chicken Tikka Kathi Roll, and Indian spiced scrambled egg with soft bread – the list goes on! 

Dosa Corner sees the crispy sour pancake roll stuffed with an array of meat and veggie options including chicken tikka, keema or masala, whilst desserts bring an East-meets-West fusion of sweet brunchtime treats including: Belgian Style Waffle with fresh fruits, Nutella & chocolate sauce served with vanilla Ice-cream; Coconut Pancake with whipped cream, lotus sauce, toasted coconut chips, mixed berries, & Canadian maple; or the simple pleasure of a fresh Fruit Salad

Drinks For Days 

When it comes to beverages, let it be known that Bombay Delight is not a restaurant that settles for off-the-shelf beers alone. In bona fide South London style, it demands its own signature brew. Bombay Delight Lager (4%) is a classic pilsner made by Croydon-based microbrewery Coalition Brewing, producing a crisp, clean beer with a touch of sweetness only to be found at this far end of the Northern line.

A thorough and extensive wine list covers all bases at accessible pricing whilst not shying away from more premium vintages and their higher price tags – perfect for special occasions or perhaps an added splash of celebration during a private dining room event.

Meanwhile, cocktails cover all the classics shaken up with a tempting list of signature concoctions including: the light and fruity Mango-tini withvodka, elderflower, lychee & mango; the exotic Junebug withBacardi Coconut, Midori Melon Liqueur, banana & pineapple; and the sticky, spice-laden Chilli Jam Martini withBirds eye chilli, strawberry jam, vodka, peach schnapps & pineapple juice. As with any Indian eatery worth its Himalayan salt, the selection of Mocktails, Lassis and Coolers mean designated drivers, tee-totallers and younger guests enjoy just as much choice as anyone on the harder stuff. 

So next time your soul needs some sunshine, take a wander to Wimbledon, find your colourful nook, and fill your cup, table, and belly with delight. 

Bombay Delight

271-273 The Broadway, London SW19 1SD

+44 20 4568 6294

bombaydelight.co.uk

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