I had walked past this restaurant for many times whenever I visited Hollywood Road. This was the first time I had decided to eat at Bombay Dreams and it was quite an experience.
The restaurant was well decorated and kept clean, and the ambience there was high class but welcoming, while the manager and his staff there showed great hospitality. The overall impression was comfortable and meticulous.
Once we were seated, the manager told us that lunch buffet was served. I asked if a la carte was available and the manager said it was but he insisted on the lunch buffet which had been set in a separate room. I caught a glimpse of the food and decided on the buffet - I could see that there was quite a wide of variety of options.
It was also true, from other reviews, that two free drinks went along with the buffet. I ordered one mango lassi, which was a common Indian drink for HK people and a Kingfisher, which is usually used only in Indian restaurant. I didn't try the lassi but the beer was really chilled which was nice to me after some walking from Sheung Wan.
There was a wide variety of traditional Indian food available on the buffet table. I can't name them all but I could sense that they were seriously done and laid out. Once we were seated a portion of fresh naan was provided and a roll with sweet potato was presented, the latter of which was new to me as I hadn't tried that in any other Indian restaurants. The roll had sweet potato inside but it was a bit salty rather than sweet. I tried the roll only after I had so much food and I couldn't even finish it.
The food on the buffet was really tasty - there were chicken, fish and lamb and plenty of vegetables, fruit and desserts. Please refer to the pictures below for their 'looks'.
Probably my friend and I arrived too 'early' at 12:15 and the food on the buffet table was still being 'warmed' with small ethanol stoves and therefore many meat dishes were not warm enough.
Howeve the taste of the food could definitely give you a taste of India - you would find most dishes taste strong and spicy. Even the desserts were sweet and Indian enough to be impressive.
Each person was charged less than a hundred dollars but the beer cost $44. The meal was absolutely worth the money, though - Central, quiet, typical Indian food, buffet, good services - qualities that will make me go there again.
Main dish 01
Main dish 02
Main dish 03
A thin bread roll with sweet potato
Date of Visit: Dec 12, 2009
Spending per head: Approximately HKD140(Lunch)Other Ratings:
Value for Money 5