by Kiran Chugh
visited Bombay Diaries on saturday the 03 June 2017. A Royal Let Down . Unprofessional service and Lazy staff with an lazy attitude. The Weather had turned cloudy on saturday. I h ad booked a table for 10 around 5:30 and was informed that the hotel is open and my table was reserved. When I reached there , there were signs of rain and i was told that they may not be able to serve me as they are an open air restaurant . Since i had invited my friends there i could not leave and go to another place. In the meantime we ordered for coffee which they obliged and slowly my friends starting tricking in and they too ordered coffee. Still no signs of rain, so we decided to sit there and finish with our kitty. Asked them what starters could they serve and they said "Samosas and karari corn tikkis. Samosas were good but a lot to be desired in the karari tikkis which tasted stale.
The Bombay Diaries, Bund Garden Open seating area amongst trees with pretty little lanterns hung by the fronds liven up the space. The seats look pretty , but are not really comfortable.. the space is just beautiful! They were an ala carte restaurant , but they're not doing that anymore (since yesterday), and are now only offering what they call The Quintessential Kebab Project, an unlimited kebab factory with a live grill, along with the typical buffet spread. This was their first day with the project, and they seem to have had teething issues with the kebabs not rolling out as quick. The food at the buffet was not covered.There was only onion and chillies in the salad station and welcome drink was missing. Besides, I am not much of a kebab person, and a vegetarian at that, so I couldn't really wrap my head around what they were really serving. Interestingly, for me, the buffet spread tasted great and I liked it better than the kebab bit. The dal Bukhara and the paneer lababdaar was great and I liked the fact that the rotis and naans were coming out from the tandoor piping hot, instead of just sitting out there, pre-made and cold. The biryani at Cafe Mestizo tasted and was presented much better. The gulab jamun was great and the malai kulfi was soul-stirring (loved the kulfi more than anything else !) We also ordered the Bombay fumes (mocktail), for 170₹ the quantity was really too less and they were out of dry ice - we sent it back. All said, there seemed to be disconnect between what they are called and what they are serving. The menu at no point felt like it had anything to do with Bombay. The crew was really great , ever-smiling and on their toes. Hope they sort the kitchen out and come up with something great and unique. Damages : 1650₹ (825 pp) including taxes
by Ninad Parab
Place is good quite. Had ordered malai till for my daughter as it's less spicy. However what came up was Kali mirch kabab. Also had ordered an another kabab what came up was sheek kabab. When asked the captain told me it means the same. If that is the case then it should be told or should be written on menu. It's fooling people by writing a fancy name for a dish and servicing something else after ordering
We walked into Bombay Diaries one Sunday evening not knowing what was in store. Was it a Bombay themed restaurant? Was the cuisine like? Could I survive the journey all the way from Wakad to Bund Garden?. Okay the last one was because I live in the unofficial yet popularly thought, far-flung area of Pune with a characteristically hectic trafficked roads topped to the fact that I was low-key starving (Which is perhaps my perpetual state of existence).