The Bombay Canteen was always on my list of restaurants to visit thanks to the hype it had garnered right from the day it opened its doors all those years ago. I regret not having dined here while Floyd Cardoz was at the helm, I think it might have been a unique experience in terms of flavours, taste, and texture.

You walk into a 4000 sq. ft. space inspired by the heritage bungalows in Bombay from a really long long time ago. You have stone walls, stained glass windows, a long rustic bar, printed tiles, and tall ceilings that lend the restaurant a sense of nostalgia, a time gone by.

What I was excited about was that Bombay Canteen steered away from the usual Indian fare of Punjab grills and the urban tadkas, creating its own gastronomic world.

The Sabka Favourite and Chotas were more tapas style dishes and we ordered two of those.

The Chettinad Prawns ‘Ali-Yolio’ cooked in prawn oil, ginger, garlic & tamarind were superb and simply the standout dish from my meal that day. I devoured it with a combination of the Malabar Paratha which was perfectly fluffy and flaky and the Pao No Maska bread which was fresh.

My dining companion highly recommended the Ghee Roast Chicken Sheekh with a side of apple and radish koshambir. The meat was beautifully tender, but flavour wise this one fell flat for me.

From the Badas section of the menu we ordered the Shetty Hotel Style Pulimunchi (it’s a fish dish) cooked in tamarind-chilli masala, mango ginger garnished with a radish salad. We had this with a side of white steamed rice. This dish was good, but again wouldn’t want me to rush back to Bombay Canteen anytime soon.

I skipped dessert since there was nothing ‘chocolatey’ on the menu and you know by now (if you have been following my blog) that I am very partial to chocolate dessert.

Would I go back to Bombay Canteen? I definitely would not be in a hurry to go back. And if I were to, and if I could get the prawn dish in a larger portion size with the Malabar paratha, I would go back just to have it – but as my only dish for that meal.

I am not sure if my choice of dishes were not right or that some of the meats I don’t eat, like pork or kheema might have kept me away from some of their signature dishes. But then again, I can only eat what I like, and hope to enjoy – so I don’t think that can be an excuse.

Location: Bombay Canteen, The Bombay Canteen, Unit 1, Process House, Kamala Mills, S.B. Road, Lower Parel, Mumbai Telephone: +91 8880802424 Open from 12 NOON – 10.00 PM.

NOTE: I ate at BOMBAY CANTEEN on my OWN time and money. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are truly my OWN.