The Bombay palace is part of an international network of restaurants, and this is clearly advertised by the place names on the outside of the building: “Montreal, Washington DC, Toronto, New York, etc. Clearly if they have a branch in Cheam, Bradford or some other less glamorous place they are not going to boast about it.
It’s a big restaurant and I’ve often seen it full, so I am not sure quite where the clientele comes from, given that this is a predominantly residential area. But it has an up-market feel, and this is reflected in the prices.
The menu is quite long and, at first glance, it doesn’t feature the usual Vindaloo or Madras fare. Among a selection of starters we tried the Tandoori Salad (grilled fruit and vegetables) and the Amritsari Macchl, a battered fried fish marinated in lime and caraway seeds.
My main course choice of Chicken Kolhapuri from the “Chef’s Recommendation” menu was spicy and good. A vegetarian in our party tried the Anda Masaldar, an egg curry from the Punjab, which he said was delicious.
Service is polite, if slightly corporate in style. All in all this is a useful place if you want a reasonably good meal in a pleasant setting.