Restaurant review: Bombay Dream in Wooburn Moor

Restaurant review: Bombay Dream in Wooburn Moor

Restaurant review: Bombay Dream in Wooburn Moor

Restaurant review: Bombay Dream in Wooburn Moor

Restaurant review: Bombay Dream in Wooburn Moor

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WE are a nation of curry lovers and no mistake, with anglicised creation Chicken Tikka Massala even having been hailed as the nation’s favourite dish by the New Labour Government back in the noughties.

It is no surprise then that this area is awash with Indian restaurants all vying for a slice of the chapati that is the £3bn spent the UK each year on Indian cuisine.

In a competitive market like this, where daringly different might not suit the majority of naturalised British curry eaters, it pays to serve up classic dishes solidly and effectively.

And with the arrival of a new chef, Bombay Dream in Wooburn Moor does just that, while at the same time offering something that bit different for the more adventurous diner.

It is fair to say that the restaurant, instantly recognisable to locals with its position by the A40 towards Beaconsfield, is more attractive on the inside than it promises from its tired exterior.

The surprisingly calm space is tastefully decorated and roomy without being cavernous, with some modern touches and soft lighting - plus single the fresh flower on each table was a nice touch.

There is no more classic British curry house starter than Chicken Tikka (£3.95), and mine couldn’t be faulted.

The soft, succulent pieces were marinated and cooked to perfection, and the presentation surprisingly modern and refined, even if it could have done without the Harvester-esque Iceberg garnish.

My girlfriend Tori opted for the Paneer Shashlik (£3.95), with the charcoal-grilled, spice-coated pieces of soft cheese charred in all the right places and kick-starting the appetite with their deep-red lustre.

For main, new chef Habibur Khan had specially selected a pair of his favourite creations - available as Chef’s Specials - and here is where Bombay Dream got its chance to shine.

‘Tiger by the River’ (£10.95) uses influences from Chef Khan’s 16 years working in five-star hotels throughout India and touring Asia to master different flavour combinations.

It drafts in Thai ingredients like Lemongrass in the deliciously zesty sauce, shot through with meaty flavour from the mouthwatering - and gigantic - Tiger Prawns pouncing from the plate.

The Spicy Nutty Chicken (£8.95) is an accurately titled, if a little unimaginative way to describe the wealth of flavours at work in this surprisingly dry, complex, textured dish containing cashews and almonds.

Accompaniments were solid and gratifying - a jab of garlic through the Dal Tarka (£2.95), earthy warmth from the Sag Aloo (£2.95) and a satisfying al dente tug from the Parata (£2.95).

People look for different things in their local curry house, with many fiercely loyal and resistant to change.

But with a talented new chef on board, if you’re looking for good quality, robust Indian classics with a touch of the exotic available on the menu to keep things fresh, you could do worse than make this your curry house of choice.

Bombay Dream, London Road, Wooburn Moor. HP10 0NJ. To book a table, call 01494 673001

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11:09am Sat 23 Aug 14

Lividov says...

Bombay Dream was awarded a Food Hygiene Rating of 0 (Urgent Improvement Necessary) by Wycombe District Council on 13th June, 2014.

No thanks - I'd rather open a tin of beans.
Bombay Dream was awarded a Food Hygiene Rating of 0 (Urgent Improvement Necessary) by Wycombe District Council on 13th June, 2014. No thanks - I'd rather open a tin of beans. Lividov
  • Score: 16

12:27pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Nick1958 says...

Lividov wrote:
Bombay Dream was awarded a Food Hygiene Rating of 0 (Urgent Improvement Necessary) by Wycombe District Council on 13th June, 2014.

No thanks - I'd rather open a tin of beans.
Cockroaches, wasn't it?
The last time I commented on this place my comment was removed as was the general ability to post comments. Censorship of the worst kind!
[quote][p][bold]Lividov[/bold] wrote: Bombay Dream was awarded a Food Hygiene Rating of 0 (Urgent Improvement Necessary) by Wycombe District Council on 13th June, 2014. No thanks - I'd rather open a tin of beans.[/p][/quote]Cockroaches, wasn't it? The last time I commented on this place my comment was removed as was the general ability to post comments. Censorship of the worst kind! Nick1958
  • Score: 15

4:34pm Sat 23 Aug 14

firminafirm says...

Some readers might think that if a local paper gives a restaurant, which is half a mile away from their office, good reviews without mentioning the recent hygiene report, then staff may be entitled to free food at that restaurant. I wouldn't think that at all or make that accusation.
Some readers might think that if a local paper gives a restaurant, which is half a mile away from their office, good reviews without mentioning the recent hygiene report, then staff may be entitled to free food at that restaurant. I wouldn't think that at all or make that accusation. firminafirm
  • Score: 20

3:31pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

firminafirm wrote:
Some readers might think that if a local paper gives a restaurant, which is half a mile away from their office, good reviews without mentioning the recent hygiene report, then staff may be entitled to free food at that restaurant. I wouldn't think that at all or make that accusation.
LOL.
[quote][p][bold]firminafirm[/bold] wrote: Some readers might think that if a local paper gives a restaurant, which is half a mile away from their office, good reviews without mentioning the recent hygiene report, then staff may be entitled to free food at that restaurant. I wouldn't think that at all or make that accusation.[/p][/quote]LOL. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 3

3:47pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

firminafirm wrote:
Some readers might think that if a local paper gives a restaurant, which is half a mile away from their office, good reviews without mentioning the recent hygiene report, then staff may be entitled to free food at that restaurant. I wouldn't think that at all or make that accusation.
Is that the reason reporter Peter Grant is smiling cynically in his photograph?
[quote][p][bold]firminafirm[/bold] wrote: Some readers might think that if a local paper gives a restaurant, which is half a mile away from their office, good reviews without mentioning the recent hygiene report, then staff may be entitled to free food at that restaurant. I wouldn't think that at all or make that accusation.[/p][/quote]Is that the reason reporter Peter Grant is smiling cynically in his photograph? Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 5

8:44pm Sun 24 Aug 14

usvelt says...

"But with a talented new chef on board" How about an owner (who in your previous article preferred to remain anonymous) learned how to keep a clean restaurant rather than a cockroach infested hole that got shut down?
Also, why were all the comments on that article removed?
I will never visit the place again and I have made sure all I know read the report the BFP have now chosen not to mention.
"But with a talented new chef on board" How about an owner (who in your previous article preferred to remain anonymous) learned how to keep a clean restaurant rather than a cockroach infested hole that got shut down? Also, why were all the comments on that article removed? I will never visit the place again and I have made sure all I know read the report the BFP have now chosen not to mention. usvelt
  • Score: 8

9:03pm Sun 24 Aug 14

aqm805 says...

Some press people are scared on receiving legal prosecution warning, on publishing false govt cooked baseless stories.
What else to expect from WDC's rascism.
Some press people are scared on receiving legal prosecution warning, on publishing false govt cooked baseless stories. What else to expect from WDC's rascism. aqm805
  • Score: -2

9:06pm Sun 24 Aug 14

usvelt says...

aqm805 wrote:
Some press people are scared on receiving legal prosecution warning, on publishing false govt cooked baseless stories.
What else to expect from WDC's rascism.
Ohh this sounds juicy - care to elaborate?
[quote][p][bold]aqm805[/bold] wrote: Some press people are scared on receiving legal prosecution warning, on publishing false govt cooked baseless stories. What else to expect from WDC's rascism.[/p][/quote]Ohh this sounds juicy - care to elaborate? usvelt
  • Score: -4

11:16am Mon 25 Aug 14

s6blr says...

So the roach and hygienically challenged restaurant less than a month later is now the Apple of the BFP's eye?

Did the restaurant threaten to sue the BFP for actually having an accurate article so the BFP bent over and agreed to delete all comments and publish a puff piece?

What a joke -- every time we go by the restaurant we think "Roach Dream".
So the roach and hygienically challenged restaurant less than a month later is now the Apple of the BFP's eye? Did the restaurant threaten to sue the BFP for actually having an accurate article so the BFP bent over and agreed to delete all comments and publish a puff piece? What a joke -- every time we go by the restaurant we think "Roach Dream". s6blr
  • Score: 8

1:20pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Miss C B says...

I've eaten here for the past few years, and despite shocking delivery times, keep going back- why? Because the food is superb! And most recently ate from here last Wednesday.

They've been allowed to reopen and therefore I would argue should be given a fair chance.
I've eaten here for the past few years, and despite shocking delivery times, keep going back- why? Because the food is superb! And most recently ate from here last Wednesday. They've been allowed to reopen and therefore I would argue should be given a fair chance. Miss C B
  • Score: -6

3:42pm Mon 25 Aug 14

usvelt says...

Miss C B wrote:
I've eaten here for the past few years, and despite shocking delivery times, keep going back- why? Because the food is superb! And most recently ate from here last Wednesday.

They've been allowed to reopen and therefore I would argue should be given a fair chance.
If the issue was a genuine accident I would agree - we all deserve a second chance but this was clearly not an oversight by the owner ( who prefers to remain anonymous) this was someone who was happy to serve food from a cockroach infested kitchen. I personally believe anyone who does this should never be allowed to run a food establishment again.
I used to eat here - I will never again.
[quote][p][bold]Miss C B[/bold] wrote: I've eaten here for the past few years, and despite shocking delivery times, keep going back- why? Because the food is superb! And most recently ate from here last Wednesday. They've been allowed to reopen and therefore I would argue should be given a fair chance.[/p][/quote]If the issue was a genuine accident I would agree - we all deserve a second chance but this was clearly not an oversight by the owner ( who prefers to remain anonymous) this was someone who was happy to serve food from a cockroach infested kitchen. I personally believe anyone who does this should never be allowed to run a food establishment again. I used to eat here - I will never again. usvelt
  • Score: 11

1:17pm Tue 26 Aug 14

big don g the 1st says...

'It is no surprise then that this area is awash with Indian restaurants'

LOL
'It is no surprise then that this area is awash with Indian restaurants' LOL big don g the 1st
  • Score: 5

1:18pm Tue 26 Aug 14

big don g the 1st says...

big don g the 1st wrote:
'It is no surprise then that this area is awash with Indian restaurants'

LOL
And about 35 Halal butchers.
[quote][p][bold]big don g the 1st[/bold] wrote: 'It is no surprise then that this area is awash with Indian restaurants' LOL[/p][/quote]And about 35 Halal butchers. big don g the 1st
  • Score: 0

7:05pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

The restaurant review is one of the most unintentionally funny things in the paper since the retirement or implosion of 'ivor' - remember the one about the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Marlow - guest edited by the young Adrian Mole in which the author rhapsodised over teaspoons and stuff?
The restaurant review is one of the most unintentionally funny things in the paper since the retirement or implosion of 'ivor' - remember the one about the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Marlow - guest edited by the young Adrian Mole in which the author rhapsodised over teaspoons and stuff? Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 4

7:06pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Keep up the work BFP.
Keep up the work BFP. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 1

8:45pm Wed 27 Aug 14

s6blr says...

A Cockroach lives for up to 1 year and can lay up to 150 eggs/ day. To me it is unfathomable that a "massive roach infestation" can be cured in less than 30 days.

So how does http://www.bucksfree
press.co.uk/news/113
48355.Indian_restaur
ant_shut_down_after_
cockroaches_found_in
_kitchen/ assure readers or customers nothing new will be hatching, and hatching, and hatching?

Our company has offices in Maharatra province in India so importing a chef from India doesn't impress me as cleanliness is not a word one might use for what I've seen there.

Perhaps the paper wants to consider monthly cleanliness reports? I'll still never eat there, I am not convinced stall...!
A Cockroach lives for up to 1 year and can lay up to 150 eggs/ day. To me it is unfathomable that a "massive roach infestation" can be cured in less than 30 days. So how does http://www.bucksfree press.co.uk/news/113 48355.Indian_restaur ant_shut_down_after_ cockroaches_found_in _kitchen/ assure readers or customers nothing new will be hatching, and hatching, and hatching? Our company has offices in Maharatra province in India so importing a chef from India doesn't impress me as cleanliness is not a word one might use for what I've seen there. Perhaps the paper wants to consider monthly cleanliness reports? I'll still never eat there, I am not convinced stall...! s6blr
  • Score: 4

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