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Has anyone been here? It's supposed to be really good. :blink:

Eve Zibart and Todd Kliman have also written rave reviews. I live nearby and went several times after they opened, but haven't been for awhile. My seven-year-old walked in and went, "Ooooooh, stinky!"

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I believe Bombay has some of the greatest curries in the area. The three amazing chutneys (tamarind, coriander, onion) they bring out gratis are indicative of the meal to follow. Now ... maybe that will entice someone to go, at least for a butter chicken or something, and write a nice, long review? Truly, this restaurant merits attention. Cheers, Rocks. P.S. Try the Bombay Biryani, and be prepared for leftovers.

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I go for the lunch buffet from time to time. Since buffets are never a good measure of what you can get from the menu, I'll not comment on any of it EXCEPT the fried chicken--yes, friend chicken, on an Indian buffet! That chicken is magic, some of the best I've had. I usually end up eating a dollop of this, a dollop of that, and making two or three extra trips to the buffet for more chicken.

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I go for the lunch buffet from time to time. Since buffets are never a good measure of what you can get from the menu, I'll not comment on any of it EXCEPT the fried chicken--yes, friend chicken, on an Indian buffet! That chicken is magic, some of the best I've had. I usually end up eating a dollop of this, a dollop of that, and making two or three extra trips to the buffet for more chicken.

The first time I went to Bombay, I went for the lunch buffet, and was thoroughly underwhelmed ... except by the fried chicken. Like you, I've learned never to judge a serious Indian restaurant by its lunch buffet - I recently had one at Saravana Palace in Fairfax, and was similarly unimpressed.

Cheers,

Rocks.

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So after a couple of years of being pestered by Rocks to head out to Bombay, Nutty Buddy, Peanut and I stopped in Friday night after driving through the deluge. It is what it is -- a strip mall ethnic joint with no pretensions to be anything else. However, it is one with prices a buck or two higher than you would expect and excellent food.

As mentioned above, the meal starts with the Indian version of tortilla chips and three chutneys. All pretty good.

We proceeded to have lamb vindaloo which was very good. The sauce was hot enough to merit the vindaloo moniker, but not so hot that it hid the other flavors. There was a subtle sweetness that came through in the aftertaste that balanced the dish very well. The lamb itself was just okay. We also had the saag paneer. This was truly a thing of beauty and I don't even really like spinach. Perfect texture and taste, not watery or stringy as you so often get. Wow. The only downer was the naan which was much too "doughy" and lacked the slight crispness of crust.

The service was, shall we say, interesting -- slow and a little gruff but competent. But hey, it's not like I was expecting three star service.

Among the best Indian that I've found in Montgomery County. Not quite at the same level as Passage to India, but really good and a worthwhile spot.

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After one stop that included only one appetizer and one entree, I hysterically proclaim this to be a great restaurant. Tonight I had the best samosa I've ever had in my life. I don't know if it was the crispy dough or the spicy potato filling that I preferred, but together I thought they were trancendant. Though I got my order as takeout, the samosas didn't make it home before I devoured them in the car, and I think eating them soon after they've emerged from the fryer is the best approach to experiencing the almost flaky crust.

I also got the lamb dopiaza with a rich and medium spiced curry that blended so well with the tons of onions and large chunks of lamb. Tshe takeout order was huge (and probably 4000 calories, not including the 1000+ calories of rice that came with it) and could easily provide leftovers even after two large servings.

More people need to check this place out b/c if there are other dishes on the menu as good as these, my gut's going to get a lot bigger when I visit my in-laws.

Pax,

Brian

P.S. On a cold, snowy Wednesday night this place (though not large) was almost entirely full and while serving four additional take-out orders during my 10 minute wait just before 8 o'clock. The neighborhood seems to enjoy it.

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The first time I went to Bombay, I went for the lunch buffet, and was thoroughly underwhelmed ... except by the fried chicken. Like you, I've learned never to judge a serious Indian restaurant by its lunch buffet - I recently had one at Saravana Palace in Fairfax, and was similarly unimpressed

Speaking of Tiffins, in my experience Tiffin's buffet is really inspired and delicious while thier regular dinner menu is lackluster and they need to find a new butcher for their meat, it always ends up being full of gristle.

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We've taken out from there several times and found the food mediocre and oily. Tiffin is better.

Where's Tiffin please?

I personally like Bombay in White Oak, been there a number of times. The only thing I don't like about the place is the weird and very loud phone ringtone they have set on the house phone.

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Where's Tiffin please?

I personally like Bombay in White Oak, been there a number of times. The only thing I don't like about the place is the weird and very loud phone ringtone they have set on the house phone.

tiffinrestaurant dot com for details. It's in Langley Park near the intersection of New Hampshire and University. Dining room is kind of sterile-ok for lunch but we takeout for dinner. Their other branch is Udupi Palace which is vegie only. Tiffin serves meat dishes.

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Bombay no longer has their lunch buffet. Instead you order off a lunch menu that includes curries and kabobs (with a choice of rice or naan plus salad) and biryanis.

I'll miss the fried chicken. That was the best part of the buffet....the rest was quite forgettable. They have alway done excellent curries, so this seems like a pretty good move.

After getting food for our dogs from the pet store next door several nights ago, I ordered some carryout from Bombay--lamb vindaloo and chicken tikka. The latter was good, but the former was excellent! Fiery and rich, one of the best vindaloos I've had. It brought some serious heat, but managed to stay just this side of my pain threshold.

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Anyone been recently? Does it eclipse Curry Leaf in Laurel? It'd be an easy deviation from my normal commute home to duck in and get carry out....

Gosh, has it really been five and a half years since the last post?

For me, Bombay had declined for no apparent reason, but that was years ago. I have no idea what's going on with it now, but at one time, they had one of the best biryani dishes in the area with the Combo Biryani. It was great! But then one day I had it, and it was extremely oily.

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I had one of their biryani dishes mabe 4 years ago and it was still good then. Too bad it is a shadow of itself. Ah well, Curry Leaf is my go to joint for now then and shall remain so, the bonus is that it's only a 5 min ride from my house. Woot.

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I had one of their biryani dishes mabe 4 years ago and it was still good then. Too bad it is a shadow of itself. Ah well, Curry Leaf is my go to joint for now then and shall remain so, the bonus is that it's only a 5 min ride from my house. Woot.

That's the dish that repelled me - I picked it up and it weighed about 10 pounds! The container was also remarkably hot - they serve it in an aluminum pan, and hot oil *really* heats up aluminum.

Remember also that my mom lived a mile from here (I used to walk to work at the Sears in White Oak Shopping Center when I was 16!), and used to see her every single week if not more, so my trips beyond the Mormon Temple have naturally decreased - Silver Spring and environs used to be like my second home (actually, they used to be my first home). It's sad, but I just don't have the motivation right now to go to every single place in that whole corridor of the beltway, especially the wedge from I-295 up to I-95. I'm resolved to change that, but I have to take care of one very large obstacle first. Perhaps more than anything else, I'm finding myself missing Wheaton.

A few years ago, I would have simply written my oily biryani off, and tried it again a month later; now, I just don't have that luxury, much to my chagrin. What I wouldn't give to have just one more meal of dog food with my mom at the Olney Ale House. :(

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