Friday, August 26, 2011

Where to Eat: “Samosas and Mimosas” Bottomless Brunch @ Bombay Palace

I've done the whole Sunday buffet thing. Had the weekend brunch with endless mimosas. Why, I’ve even been to a few Indian lunch buffets here and there. But I'll be the first to admit that even I haven’t experienced everything that life has to offer. Quite honestly, I never even knew that a Sunday Indian brunch buffet with endless mimosas existed, until I heard about Bombay Palace in Beverly Hills.

Every Sunday from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., this restaurant sets up a simplistically elegant buffet with traditional Indian appetizers, entrees, salads, soups and desserts. Think samosas, chicken tikka masala, aloo papri and gajar kalwa, along with about ten other appealing vegetable and chicken selections. Endless baskets of piping hot naan bread and glasses of sparkling mimosas are continuously delivered right to your tableside throughout the afternoon as well.

All of this is housed in the comforts of an immaculately decorated room, with sky-high ceilings, sprawling windows and intricately detailed bronze sculptures embedded into smooth, stone-white walls.

My experience at Bombay Palace’s brunch was outstanding – the service, the mimosas, and most importantly, the food. Each dish looked and tasted enticingly fresh, with its very own assertively bold flavors. In every single entrée, the chicken was moist and tender, and I didn’t have any appetizer or side that didn’t have colorful seasonings or the freshest spices. And while I am slightly surprised that more people weren’t knocking down Bombay Palace’s stately doors to get to the buffet when I went a couple of Sundays ago, I’m not complaining by any means. It was relieving to not have to stand in long lines for plate refills or to worry about some little chump taking the last of the chicken tikka.

With such magnificent food options, endless drinks, a regal atmosphere and no hackling crowds, you’d expect to pay a pretty little penny for the whole buffet, right? Wrong! The total price is a whopping $20. It’s such a great snag and really feels as if you’re getting more than your money’s worth.

Bombay Palace is a hidden gem indeed, but with its “Samosas and Mimosas” Sunday brunch, I doubt it will be hidden for too much longer. Hurry and experience the before the crowds get to it. See you there soon!
Miss Wilson’s Tips (So you know “what’s up” when you go!)
- What’s on the buffet menu? When I went, there was: chicken tikka masala, black garbanzo beans, saag paneer tikka, paneer makani, chicken curry, tandoori chicken, sambar, idli, vada, vegetable samosas, rice pilaf, salads with varied mint, yogurt and tamarind sauces, aloo papri, lentil and chicken soup, rice pudding and carrot pudding.
- I noticed that the main meat dishes pretty much only contained chicken. If you’re craving beef or seafood – or any other item you don’t see in the buffet for that matter – you can also order off of the regular menu.
- Prefer not to have mimosas with brunch? You can also have bottomless cups of tea or coffee.
- So how did I find out about this place? I’m a big fan of another Wilson's Guide favorite, Nirvana, this chicly hip lounge/restaurant that serves Indian fare and sits across from Bombay Palace. Turns out that both Bombay Palace and Nirvana are owned by the same person. Since I've always had a great time at Nirvana, when I was invited to check out Bombay Palace's brunch, I was immediately intrigued. So glad I went!

For more information:
Bombay Palace
8690 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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