Bombay, the city of dreams and the gateway to India, is a living and breathing metropolis, a seething mass of humanity, a diverse splash of colour and the theme of what sounds like it’ll be one of our favourite openings of 2017. New restaurant Bombay Bustle channels the energy of the dabbawalas, the men who transport the traditionally towered tin dabba boxes, brimming with homemade food, to-and-fro-ing through the crowded streets and railways of Mumbai.
Samyukta Nair and Rohit Ghai, the Co-Founder and Executive Chef of Michelin-starred Jamavar, have launched Bombay Bustle on Maddox Street in Mayfair. The exciting new restaurant will recreate some of the city’s most loved dishes but will also add in many of chef Ghai’s mother’s own recipes. The seasonal menu will include misal pav topped with potato salli, kolhapuri spiced spit roasted chicken, seabass and scallop tawa pulao along with kerala style ishtew with idiyappam and a sweet double ka meetha with tutti fruity masala milk and almonds.
The food will be presented in the tiered tiffin ‘dabas’, each presented to the table and unpacked to reveal their wares, the curries, rice and breads within.
Meanwhile, the interior will reflect the Bombay railway system, one of the busiest in the world that cuts through the chaos and order of the various faces of the vibrant city. Split over 2 levels, the ground floor dining room is split into 2 areas. The first, inspired by an old first-class railway coach, houses a pewter dining bar finished in green leather and a terrazzo and Marmoleum floor. The second room reflects Bombay’s art decco history, with contrasting walls and upholstery and spcecially produced tables made by the the Nutan Mumbai Tiffin Box Suppliers Association. Downstairs is inspired by the retiring rooms common at Indian railway stations with timber panelled cilings, cut-glass screens and booths for larger groups.
Which all sounds perfectly pukka!
Bombay Bustle: Opens this month, 29 Maddox Street, Mayfair, W1S 2PA www.bombaybustle.com