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Food review: Bombay Dream in Wooburn Moor
I HAVE often drove past Bombay Dream in Wooburn Moor which is on the busy road from High Wycombe to Beaconsfield but never ventured inside. I had heard lots of good things about it so I went along on a fairly busy Thursday night with high expectations.
We were given a warm welcome to the restaurant by the friendly staff and seated by the window next to the road.
I found the décor slightly outdated but this kind of adds to the relaxed feel of the place.
Solaman, who runs the Indian restaurant and takeaway, has been there for eight years and it is a family run business.
He said they rarely change the menu as customers come back for their favourites.
It has ample parking, a private party room and plenty of space.
For starters my boyfriend, Tom and I had the Bombay Mixed Platter, which is £9.75, which is the eat-in price. It is 25 per cent off the total bill for eat in and takeaway collections and 10 per cent discount on delivery.
There was a good selection of meat, fish and vegetable dishes. The Aloo Ki Tikki (which is £3.75 individually) was a really interesting dish and tasted better than the description of "mashed potatoes, stuffed with asparagus and pine nuts".
It was a thick round disc of mash potato which had been covered in a crispy coating, and tasted great with the distinct flavour of the pine nuts and the asparagus. A pleasant surprise.
There was also a large, juicy garlicky prawn which was really tasty and a piece of chicken tikka, which was cooked in the tandoori. This was well spiced and cooked to perfection.
Also on the platter was a lamb samosa. I wasn't a big fan of this as I am not a fan of lamb mince but Tom loved the texture and the flavour.
For mains we had the Lamb Shaslik (£7.45), Somani Mass Baja (£9.75) and Rajastani Lamb (£9.75).
The shaslik is served on a skewer with pepper, onions and tomatoes. The marinated chunks of lamb were well grilled, succulent and delicately spiced.
The Somani Mass Baja is pan fried sea bass fillets, marinated in mustard, lime and crusted with gram flour and served with mixed vegetables.
This was a wonderful dish as it was light and flavoursome. The sea bass fillets were thin and juicy and cooked so well. This was served with niramish- mixed vegetables and spinach cooked with herbs and spices, which was equally delicious. It was just as light at the sea bass and I loved the taste of the pine nuts.
I also had the Rajastani Lamb which is a shank of lamb marinated with herbs and spices then roasted in the oven and served with saffron pilau rice. This is one of the restaurant's popular dishes but it wasn't really for me.
It is a large chunk of lamb, which although well cooked, was a bit fatty, as lamb can tend to be.
The sauce served with it was very rich and as a whole it is a lot to take in. I much preferred the delightful sea bass dish.
We sampled the frozen desserts. I had a pineapple ice cream which was actually really good- creamy and fruity- and a nice finish to the meal. Tom went for the hazelnut dessert which he also happily demolished.
Some parts of the meal were better than others but the food is good value and clearly freshly cooked.
The starter was the highlight for me as it was so varied and I like the way the restaurant serves different dishes. It is clearly a popular place to eat and I am sure it will continue to be so.
For more details go to www.bombaydreamhighwycombe.co.uk
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