Bombay Masala Indian Cuisine opened a few weeks ago in West Point Grey, and they specialize in Indian cuisine primarily from the Punjab region of India. They were caught in a similar situation as many other restaurants around the city who were reading themselves to open right before the covi19 pandemic shutdown. They opened for take out only earlier in the spring and then opened for inside and patio seating on July 1st.
The restaurant is run by owner, Ron Sharma with Executive Chef Jasvir Singh running the kitchen. They are currently running with a 50% occupancy inside and they have one table on the outside patio in front.
This restaurant’s approach is more refined and sophisticated than their other restaurant (Bombay Kitchen and Bar) on Commercial Drive.
I have tried several dishes here including the delicious Chilli Fish with crispy cod bites lightly battered tossed with bell peppers & onions in a spicy chilli sauce; I also loved the Tandoori Cauliflower which had cauliflower florets coated with garam flour, mustard oil and exotic spices roasted in a tandoor.
Both the Palak Corn cooked in a fresh spinach curry tempered with garlic, ginger & a touch of cream; and the Baingan Bharta with smoked eggplant cooked in a tomato-onion sauce with freshly ground spices were unique and delicious.
The Chicken Shaslik was served sizzling to the table with it’s spicy and tangy chicken breast marinated and cooked to perfection with peppers, onions & tomatoes in tandoor oven. The Fish Madras Curry was a spicy dish with Alaskan cod cooked in a spicy curry sauce tempered with mustard seeds & fresh chillies finished with a touch of tamarind water.
I loved the Lamb Methi with boneless lamb with fenugreek leaves cooked in a special creamy masala sauce; as well as the Toffu Palak with Tofu cooked in a fresh spinach curry tempered with ginger & garlic.
The Mix Biryani is not on the menu so you need to request it; a special dish mixed with vegetables, chicken, prawns and lamb.
Had a selection of their breads, my favourite was the Lachedar Paratha, Multi-layered whole wheat bread, baked in tandoor; along with the Stuffed Naan Peshwari and Stuffed Naan with Paneer and Spinach.
Tried a couple of tasty desserts from the selection offered including the Buddha Coconut Bowl the the Vegan Kheer.
By: Richard Wolak