New Bombay's Surprisingly Captivating Indian Cuisine

New Bombay's Surprisingly Captivating Indian Cuisine

I have been longing to try New Bombay Restaurant for quite some time now, but my suggestion would always end up getting shelved, since my family is not much into the cuisine, Thankfully, the right opportunity came along, and I got to finally taste the dishes in the restaurant. Upon tasting the dishes, I then realized that I had been missing a lot!

Our family got-to mall
Robinsons Manila is a mall always close to my heart. I basically grew up near it, and it has been our family’s go-to mall.

Now, each time I pass by the 4th floor of Midtown Wing, I see New Bombay, and my curiosity would always get stirred up. Just last week, I was with a friend, and I was able to convince him (and also myself) to check out the restaurant. We did, and it was one heck of great decision.

New Bombay Restaurant in Robinsons Manila

Too-open interior
The interior was not as inviting, and it always leaves me an impression that food is not taken seriously in this restaurant. Perhaps, it was because of being “too open” as well as the lack of ambiance in the said restaurant.

It was also running along the border between being a fancy restaurant and being just an ordinary cafeteria attempting to have a theme for the week. The good thing is the prices of the dishes somehow reflect this because I was surprised to see how reasonable they were. Would you believe that a curry dish that uses lamb's meat is priced just below P300? Yeah, for me this says a lot.

Lamb's meat curry - New Bombay Restaurant

Anyway, we still decided to go for it. Our palates already gone past the point of no return. We ordered two main dishes, a handful of naan and cup of rice (just in case the Pinoy in us kicks in). After all, we love rice that much as Filipinos, right? Well, surprisingly, this was an exception. The main dishes we ordered went better with the naan bread, and not much on the rice.

The lamb curry dish (P285) featured a very tender meat with a mildly spiced curry that was easy on the palate. It taste like the traditional curry but with some hints of “Indian” spices. For me, those who are just beginning to explore the cuisine may appreciate this as a “starter”.

Chicken tomato curry in New Bombay Indian Cuisine

The next main dish we had was the chicken red-sauce curry (P285) which had a set of bolder tomatoey flavors. It was somehow similar to the lamb dish when it comes to some characteristics, but this one had a more distinct taste brought about by the tomatoes and a stronger dash of spices. This could lie between the “Beginner” and “Intermediate”, but I recommend this over the first dish. 

Naan Bread of New Bombay in Robinsons Manila

The Naan Bread (P75) was marvelous! They were complementary to the entire Indian dining experience, and I loved how the bread balanced the strength of the spices.

We also had Cheese Naan Bread (P95) just for the fun of it, but we didn’t expect it to be that excellent! It paired better with the dishes we had, especially to the Chicken Tikaa. It was much of lovely experience that we had an additional order of this. Amazing! 

New Bombay - Overall Ratings and Summary

Note: Unshaded stars are equivalents of half-stars. The ratings reflect my personal experiences on the times I dine here.
Place ★★
Taste  ★★
Service  ★★
Value for Money ★★
Budget: at least P250 each for a sharing type of dining experience for foodie going in pairs
No. of visits for this particular restaurant/branch - 1 || Date of last visit - November 17, 2018

New Bombay certainly didn’t disappoint, and in fact, it caught me off guard with the exquisite and bold flavors of the cuisine. I’ve also noticed that there were Indian families dining, which is a good indicator of the restaurant’s authenticity. I’m so much impressed that I’m planning to bring along my sister to have another taste of New Bombay. Incredible! 

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New Bombay
Location: 4/F, Midtown Wing. Robinsons Place Manila, Pedro Gil, Manila
Service Charge: NONE

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