Bombay Bistro
A flashy Indian mini-chain with outposts in Rockville and Fairfax.
Reviewed By David Dorsen
Comments () | Published October 10, 2006
Bombay Bistro - Rockville
Address: 98 West Montgomery Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-762-8798
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: Indian
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 2:30 and 5 to 10, Friday 11:30 to 2:30 and 5 to 10:30, Saturday Noon to 3 and 5 to 10:30, Sunday Noon to 3 and 5 to 10.
Nearby Metro Stops: Rockville
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Spiced mussels in coconut milk; lamb with cilantro; yogurt-marinated tandoori whole fish; bone-in chicken tandoori; seekh kabobs; lamb vindaloo; coconut shrimp curry; potato-and-onion-filled dosas; dal; poori; kesar kulfi.
Price Details: Appetizers, $1.50 to $5.95. Entrees, $8.95 to $12.95.

From June 2005 Cheap Eats

You might be tempted to make a meal of tandoori flatbreads and musky dal, the Indian lentil dish, which is worthy of star status. But then you would miss such gems as spiced mussels in coconut milk, spicy lamb with cilantro, and yogurt-marinated whole fish--usually rockfish--cooked in the tandoor. More-familiar classics like southern Indian dosas, searing northern Indian lamb vindaloo, and coconut shrimp curry are deftly done. And the puffy Indian bread known as poori is rave-worthy.

Service is gracious, and both restaurants have avid enough followings to make dinner reservations a must on weekends. Fairfax has the bigger, flashier dining room; Rockville sports an open kitchen. Both are done up bazaar-style with Indian fabrics, jewelry, and art.

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