Bombay Spice: Lunch $10 and Under
Bombay Spice at 10810 N. Tatum Blvd. in North Phoenix is one of our favorite healthful haunts. It boasts "redefined Indian food," which apparently translates to "hold the butter, cheese and cream yet miraculously manage to keep some flavor."
We walked in on a lazy weekday afternoon and were surprised to find it fairly crowded. Apparently, the management at Bombay Spice was surprised too -- or holiday call-ins left them shorthanded -- because one lone guy had to clean the place, take our orders and serve our food. Poor dude.
Orgasmic chai and more cheap treats after the jump...
The place is nothing like most Indian joints. You won't find statues of Ganesh or Indian saris on the walls. If not for the food and the subtle Indian music in the background, Bombay Spice could just as easily be a hip American wine bar or a French cafe. It's small and cozy, with a dozen or so tables. Behind the large contemporary bar is a neon green backlit wall of wine bottles that serves as some of the only art.
|$2.50 for unlimited chai is a sweet deal.|
Entrees have a base price of $6.49 for bowls and $4.99 for wraps; from there, you customize with veggies and/or meats at additional prices. We opted for chicken tikka masala served with basmati rice and roti (flat bread). With the place so understaffed it took about ten or fifteen minutes until the main dish arrived. In the meantime, we splurged on a chai latte. For less than $2.50, we got a cup of spiced black tea with milk and just a touch of sweetness that put our usual chain store cuppa to shame. It was silky smooth and so delicious we practically squealed with they offered a complimentary refill.
|Bombay Spice Wraps = The Indian version of a burrito.|
Teagasm now over, we turned to the arriving entree. Traditionally, the rice and sauced meat would be dumped on a single plate and the roti used to scoop up individual bites. But this is Arizona, land of the Mexican burrito. We spooned chunks of chicken, peppers and rice into a tortilla -- oops, roti -- and dug in like we were at Chipotle.
A medium spice level or the creamier Korma sauce with dried fruit and spices would probably have made more of an impact. Still, the overall dish was good and we didn't leave feeling overstuffed. Next time, maybe we'll save room in our bellies and wallets for the savory-sweet rice pudding with pistachios and cardamom ($4.49).