Located in the the Ovingham Hotel, don't let the name fool you, Bombay's miles away from here! But if you're looking for a club that hails back to the ... More
Bombay Bicycle Club
Located in the the Ovingham Hotel, don't let the name fool you, Bombay's miles away from here! But if you're looking for a club that hails back to the British Raj, you're at the right place. Opened by Tom Hannah, who has a passion for Rudyard Kipling, the Bombay Club opened in 2002 and has been a hit with members ever since. Here members can have a drink, drop into the club restaurant or take a private space and relax with close friends. The bar is named Riki Tiki Tavi Bar (the mongoose from Jungle Book) and has over 100 international beers to choose from including a menu that is a mixture of contemporary and traditional fare. At the Gungadins restaurant which is built on three levels you can eitheir have your meal in one of the small private rooms or overlooking the waterfall that cascades down in the atrium. If you want something a bit more casual check out the Taj Gaming lounge, equipped with games,lounge chairs and a fully stocked bar! The club also has facilities to host special occasions, but a reservation must be made.
Will never return to TBBC. Service was non existent! We wandered aimlessely around for 10 minutes trying to ascertain if the restuarant was actually open or not. No staff to be found. Eventually got hold of someone who directed us to the bar meal area. Husband ordered a chicken curry and it came to the table cold. He had to return it and when his replacement arrived 20 minutes later, the chicken had miraculously turned into beef! Pity they couldn't change the water into wine at the same time!
Cramped seating and bar staff with no will to live. We won't be back.
My boy friend and I were very excited to attend T.B.B.C. The excitement we felt soon faded to disappointment... On arrival they had lost our booking and instead of apologising they starred blankly at us and placed us in a table practically on top of the kitchen. My boy friend has anaphylactic allergies to fish (basically his throat closes and he dies) so when selecting a dish from the menu he asked the waitress if it contained any fish or fish product and explained his allergies. The waitress checked with the chef and assured my boyfriend that there was no fish or fish products in this dish I then proceeded to order my meal. Our menus were not removed and remained on the table for the rest of the night. When our meals had finally arrived my boyfriend’s meal did not look anything like what he ordered. On arrival he asked the waitress if this was what he had ordered and she suspiciously said yes. As I was facing the bar I noticed that when she returned to the bar she blatantly pointed at my boyfriend eating then proceeded to whisper in a co- workers ear and stared laughing. Due to this obvious rudeness I said to my boyfriend, “Call that waitress back that is not what you ordered”. He then asked the waitress again, “is this the dish I ordered” she finally confessed that it was not. My bf then replied “well could I have what I ordered please and could you find out what was in this dish” (it takes less than 30 minutes for his throat to close up if he eats any fish products). So we waited and waited 30 minutes later his meal finally comes out... by now my meal is cold and they have forgotten my extra chutney. When it came time to pay my boy friend asked for the manager and explained the problems we had had. The manager apologised offered no discount for the night and said he would send out vouchers (which in truth we would not have used, even if it was free). He took down our name and address.... Months had passed we never received any vouchers which ironically I am actually grateful for.
After many years of knowing about this distinctly Indian themed restaurant, I finally arranged a visit. On entering we were struck by the unique ambience - clearly the owners have made an effort and spent considerably on the interior design. Entry is via a striking tiled hallway reminiscent of a Lara Croft Tomb Raider scene, with doorways branching off to the bar, gaming room and restaurant. It was the latter we were destined for, having been lured by the Entertainment Card and the associated discounts.
Had our night ended at this point (a fire alarm or an imminent earthquake, perhaps) we would have left very satisfied with management. Unfortunately no natural disasters prevented the man-made disaster which proceeded our entrance into the restaurant.
After a peremptory greeting we were subjected to "Are you planning on drinking that wine?" (I was carrying a lovely bottle of Rockford Riesling vintage 2000 which I had painstakingly picked from East End Cellars earlier in the day). We were brusquely informed that BYO was not permitted in this hotel (I was not aware that restaurants were permitted to refuse BYO) and then arrogantly assured that "We have over 150 wines of our own... although we don't carry Rockfords".
A small issue, perhaps, but one which I don't think it unreasonable to take for granted in Australia, and particularly Adelaide where we have the highest numbers of restaurants per capita in the nation!
Following this embarrassment we were told that the Entertainment Card offer only applied to a certain section of the menu. Well before I waste anymore of my time or yours let me conclude by saying that the inital 60 seconds set the tone for the evening and they lost our repeat business for ever. Had it not been peak-hour we had very seriously considered relocating. The meals were surprisingly quick (albeit served on chipped china), that was until we realised they were only a few degrees warmer than stone cold (Chicken Cordon Bleu, Butter Chicken and Barramundi and Prawns (read: canned shrimp), all luke warm). However the food itself could not be faulted, when rated in the category of microwave meals.
A thoroughly mediocre experience, one which I strongly advise you do not subject yourself to unless you have missed your weekly masochistic ritual of forcing yourself to watch Home and Away.
It's unclear what exactly is so special about bicycles from Bombay the colourful specimens that adorn the walls add a
quirky element to this busy and elegant venue. Expect traditional Bengali cuisine spiced up with some more innovative recipes ...