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By Gayatri Bhaumik | September 7th, 2021
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Indian Revival: A stalwart of Hong Kong’s dining scene, long-time Indian favorite Bombay Dreams has reinvented itself in a new space and modernized concept just a few doors down from their old digs on Central’s Wyndham Street.

Look & Feel: The reimagined Bombay Dreams is a breath of fresh air after the somewhat gaudy and tired concept of the old space. Now, diners step through red velvet curtains into a chic modern space that hints at its sub-continent origins (keep an eye out for the many, many tiny elephant figurines). The light, bright restaurant features gleaming wooden floors, design-forward light fixtures, and hefty marble tables paired with plush seating upholstered in lilac and red velvet. Towards the front of the restaurant, there’s a long marble bar that serves as a buffet line for brunch and lunch and in the back, there’s an intimate dining room that’s perfect for celebrations.

Bombay dreams interiors

On the Menu: The menus at Bombay Dreams are driven by the culinary musings of Master Chef Irshad Ahmed Qureshi, who represents the seventh generation of a famed dynasty of royal chefs from Lucknow. The Quereshi family is a one of the Khansama, a line of Indian royal chefs who cooked for India’s Moghul emperors. At Bombay Dreams, diners can delve into the family’s closely-guarded secret recipes for an exclusive Indian feast.

Our meal begins with the Palak Patta Chaat ($88), a deliciously zesty and crunch snack with chickpeas-flour-coated spinach that’s been fried and topped with potato, tamarind sauce, and yoghurt. Next up is the melt-in-your-mouth Shahi Galouti Kebab ($148), which are incredibly delicate lamb patties laced with herbs and spices—prepare for these to fall apart as you try to eat them.

The tandoori dishes are a signature of Bombay Dreams, and the Adrakh Ke Panje ($338) deliver in spades. This roasted lamb chops, marinated in yoghurt and a medley of spices, are packed with flavor and perfectly charred from the tandoor oven. Another favorite was the Alleppey Fish Curry ($238), a Southern Indian-style dish where tender morsels of red snapper are poached in a creamy curry of coconut milk and spices—pair with your choice of naan or roti for best effect.

Bombay Dreams pairs its food menu with a list of classic cocktails that have been given an Indian twist. The NH-8 ($98) is a thirst-quenching spin on the Moscow Mule featuring Tequila Reposado, Crème de Cassis, fresh lime, and ginger beer, while the Tadkaa ($88) is a punchy, spicy tipple made with gin, coconut, Campari, Aromatic Bitters, and curry leaves.

Jeng: The elegant surrounds, attentive service, and tandoori dishes.

Not So Jeng: Not much to complain about here…go in expecting a solidly classic Indian meal and you’ll be fine.

Great For: Group dinners, lunch buffets.

FYI: Bombay Dreams now has a whiskey sommelier, so be sure to try a wee dram or two. There are 48 fine and rare whiskies available, representing a global selection of the malty stuff, but we’re fans of the Amrut Fusion Single Malt ($128) from India and the Kilchoman ‘sado-The Guest’ Single Cask ($198) from Islay.

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