I'm sorry its taken so long to post a new comment. I was waiting on my old Indian roommate to give me permission to use him as my token for all the jokes I would be making. His smoke signal hasn't arrived so I'll start without his permission.
You're confused now right? You're thinking, "wait, I don't want buffalo and plains grass." Don't worry, Bombay Indian Grill is actually from the Indians of the other side of the world, not the casinos across the border. And my roommate is actually Indian, not Native American. But when I called to excitedly tell him I ate Indian food he said, "you ate a buffalo?" Funny guy huh?
The Bombay Indian Grill is behind Chik-Fil-A, which is behind Central Market which is behind Borders which is behind Mi Cocina. It's in a strip center next to Sushi Axiom and would not appear to be the center of all Indian cuisine in my life, at first glance. That's because you don't know me.
One day, as my wife and I sipped our grande half caf, no whipped, double milk, frapacapamistocinis at starbucks we noticed this gem of the orient and thought it would make a good lunch trip. Turns out, it would make a good any trip, but only go at lunch.
At lunch they have the buffet. They may have this at dinner as well, but you'll pay more and the parking for Sushi Axiom will make you walk over 100 feet which is insane. We're not French. So go get the lunch buffet and don't worry about walking all of those calories off. They'll fall off while you're reading this.
It was recommended, by an avid reader (I have it on good authority that it was Ed Bass or Mayor Moncrief although all evidence to support that has disappeared) that I get the Chicken Tikka Marsala. Which sounds like a chicken dish, cooked in marsala wine, over a tiki torch. That's not what it is. It's cooked in a tandoor, which is an Indian earthen stove. I don't know if they dug a hole in the back of the restaurant or built one up, but for novelty sake, lets say they dug one out.
I mention this dish because its the one I remember above everything else. It was delicious. The flavors were so unique to me that I felt like I had taken a trip with my old roommate back to the days of school, but instead of eating pizza and drinking beer, we were in India and I had leprosy.
But the buffet has more than just this dish. There is saffron rice, other dishes, and then dessert. The dessert included a sort of rice pudding that looked like cottage cheese but tasted better. Much better. They also had fried puff balls of delicious. They are soaking in a sugary looking syrup and appear as though they taste like your future root canal. The flavor is much more subtle than that and the sweetness isn't overpowering.
A few other dishes I can accurately describe include a yellow bell pepper, onion and jalapeno dish which had obviously been cooked but was served cold was delicious but spicier than a lot of other foods I have had in my life. There was also an okra dish, meatballs (not beef) and a red chicken. The red chicken included pieces of chicken, that were red. I didn't catch much flavor from them but the chicken was prepared nicely.
I believe the buffet cost about 9 bucks and included all the incentive you need to call your old Indian roommate. I would describe the flavors in more detail, but quite honestly, I didn't recognize so many of them. I would say that 60-75% of the buffet was delicious, which gets my recommendation.
Please let me know if you think I'm on target or completely insensitive. My roommate said this would be ok.
Bombay Indian Grill is located at4625 Donnelly, behind the Chik-fil-a, which is behind the Central Market.