High Chai at Bombay Central, Harrow Weald

Sunday’s are made for lie ins.. right? Not quite when you don’t have time to see your friends and early mornings on a Sunday is all you can manage! But friendships are precious yet delicate relationships that are like a beautiful flower waiting to be watered so making time for friends even when you’re super busy is so important! So it was 11 am this morning when my friends and I went to check out Bombay Central which is quite local to me in Harrow Weald. Their website says they were voted the Restaurant of the Year in 2016 by Harrow Times, so we wanted to find out for ourselves.

Even before we got inside, first impressions were I knew I was home! Because of this …

What more could I ask for but 3 rickshaws at the entrance!

The inside was a renovated pub, quite spacious but was a little disappointed that they didn’t pull through with the whole Bombay to London “happy journey” theme that is so evident from their website and menus.

Nevertheless, was really excited to check out their desi version of afternoon tea – High Chai (£17.95 per person)

Top layer – Bombay sandwich and crispy Bhajia

Middle layer – Vada Pau and paneer rolls

Bottom layer – selection of desserts

Also, unlimited masala chai and orange juice. Masala Chai was SO SO good!

The Bombay sandwiches were basically grilled sandwiches with tomato, cheese and potatoes in them. They were quite bland and not much to them.

The bhajias were delicious, just the right amount of chilli and worked so well with condiments – achaar and chilli sauce.

Next the Vada Pau’s …

Potato burgers .. loved this concept! Sliders but veggie.. and again the combination was just right, a little in the spicy side and they could have done with some kind of sauce to take away the dryness of the bun and the potato but generally loved it.

Paneer rolls was quite a heavy portion each, the paneer was good, but was kind of bland with no flavour despite the fact that it seemed to have been smoked as you could feel the smokiness. This was probably a little disappointing as I’d heard so much about the paneer at BC.

Desserts was what I was looking forward to the most.. I had been eyeing up the jalebi for ages, although I’m a hard jalebi critic. You know it’s one of those South Asian sweets that you need to get right or it’s just not worth the calories! The jalebi was nice, but not amazing 🙁 it could have been a little crispier. The barfis were both the saving grace – can’t go wrong with it a barfi! Also, surprisingly the mini chocolate cupcake was amazing!!

My friend also got some actual breakfast bits …

The desi version of ago toast – Egg Bhurji and avocado with granary toast. I loved this!!! It was such a great twist on avotoast, but just right! I could have had this all to myself if I’m honest!

And of course regardless of the time of day, we can’t go to an Indian restaurant and not get He house favourites (and mine too!)

Papri Chaat

Pani puri

Overall, I loved the concept of the High Chai but I did feel, alongside the decor, that there was definitely some room for improvement. The decor could have been more in line with their website and menu, which I love on paper. The high chai is such a great concept, but I would have loved if they put a little more effort into the taste of the dishes too. For a total of £62 for 3 people, it was reasonable but I don’t think I made the most of the High Chai (at £17.95 per person) and would love to come back for a better experience.

Food – 5 out of 10 
Service – 7 out of 10
Atmosphere – 6 out of 10 
Experience – 6 out of 10

Overall, giving Bombay Central a total TLH score of 5 out of 10.

Address: 328 High Street, Harrow Weald, HA3 6HS
Website: http://thebombaycentral.com/
Halal Status: Everything is halal, but alcohol is served on the premises.
Closest Station: Harrow & Wealdstone (Overground and Bakerloo line) or Headstone Lane (Overground)

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