Bombay Borough DIFC: A licensed Indian gem in the Financial District

Bombay Borough DIFC is an Indian eatery by Charcoal Concepts – one of India’s leading cuisine companies. Join The Huntr as we present a closer look at this dashing DIFC gem…

Complete with a fast-casual dining kitchen concept the Gully Kitchen (which The Huntr is yet to try) and an elegant bar and restaurant up on the first floor (the subject of this review), Bombay Borough DIFC offers a tempting reason to head to the city’s Financial Center. Open daily for lunch and dinner, this Indian eatery is also licensed to serve alcohol. The menu is built in a casual, sharing-style and is divided into ‘Hot Plates & Street Grills’, ‘Biriyani’, ‘Big Plates’, ‘Breads’, ‘Accompaniments’, ‘Pao & Pakora’, ‘Bombay Toasties’ and ‘Roti Rolls’ plus ‘Desserts’. There are ample vegetarian-friendly dishes alongside some vegan and gluten-free, dairy-free options (all clearly marked on the menu).

Interiors-wise, in the main restaurant area, Bombay Borough is modern and fancy – think striking gold chandeliers, wooden and marble tables, cosy velvet sofas, eye-catching artworks and beautiful flooring. Small and big groups are catered to and there’s a private Chef’s Table right next to the kitchen on the lower ground. The lift takes you up to the main restaurant and there’s an outside seating area for the cooler climes (which isn’t licensed for alcohol consumption).

We tried the Bengal Pomelo Salad (45AED), which was nice and fresh but needed a little more acidity, the Truffle Taftan (55AED), which was a delicious combo of mountain puffed bread brushed with truffle oil and a caramelised onion and walnut dip to perfectly whet one’s appetite. The AAM Papad Paneer (48AED) – paneer and lotus stem tossed with special sun-dried mango and street food spices, featured a pleasing kick of spicy and sweet flavours and the Banana Leaf Wrapped Seabass (95AED) was one of our favourites – tender and flavourful, with a punchy curry. The Tikka Kebab Biryani (58AED) was spicy and delicious and is a must-order for biryani lovers. The Smoked Jodhpur Mutton (85AED) was another great dish and we opted to have the crispy, flaky, layered and hand-crushed Chur Chur Paratha (15AED) on the side. To finish, we share the theatrical (cameras at the ready!) Amritsari Kulfa (50AED) – creamy radbi and kulfa on a bed of ‘badam’ almond phirni, finished with falooda and a dash of rose syrup.

The licensed bar serves up a bevvy of interesting creations and there are plenty of alcohol-free options to whet your whistle with too. Bombay Borough is a great spot to enjoy a romantic date, impress clients over lunch or dinner or escape with the family to for great service and Indian cuisine.

Insider tips: Due to Covid-19 no valet parking is currently available. Park using DIFC parking. Walking distance from the Emirates Towers Metro Station. Reserve a table in advance and use the code BB2020 for a 10% discount on the total bill (please check this offer is still valid with Bombay Borough direct – it was valid at the time of publishing this review in August 2020).

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