A quarter of a century is just about long enough for an Indian restaurant in Melbourne to achieve landmark status. And indeed, Bombay By Night is a certifiable fixture in Caulfield South, with the kitchen at this old-school South Asian eatery down North Road doling out thousands of traditional dishes to thousands of diners over the decades. Melbourne’s food critics have given Bombay By Night the nod, while the restaurant’s valued patrons tend to vote with their bellies. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure, book a table now and find out why Bombay By Night has managed to remain a dining institution for so long.
Bombay By Night is a family-run affair, and the present generation of proprietors at this long-standing Melbourne Indian restaurant – Arvind, Jaspal, and Ravnish Gandhi – extend as warm a welcome to newcomers as they do to their devoted regulars. First-timers are always impressed when they take their seats at Bombay By Night’s Caulfield South premises along North Road – this is a stylish venue in which to enjoy skilful Indian cookery that remains essentially classical in character without shying away from the possibilities opened up by the judicious use of exotic ingredients to achieve bold new dishes.
One way to crack into Bombay By Night’s rather famous offering is to get together a party of at least four and go for the fixed price set menu: onion bhajiya, kebabs, and Bombay-style chicken tikka to start, followed by the vegetarian navratan korma, lamb rogan josh, chicken makhani, aloo gobi and plenty of rice, naan, and roti to share about the table. Caulfield South locals and veterans to what some critics have pegged as one of Melbourne’s best Indian restaurants will, however, enjoy comfortably wading into Bombay By Night’s tastefully restrained a la carte menu (unlike other Indian restaurants, these guys keep it relatively short, which means a fresh and considered selection). We like the desi dahi ghosht, a family recipe of lamb cooked in a mint yoghurt flavoured with whole fenugreek and cardamom, the chicken Mumbai or the creamy, nutty, fruity traditional Muglai curry of chicken jardaloo korma. Vegetarians are recommended the home-style alu bengan (slow-cooked aubergine and potato with onion, tomato and home-roasted dry spices) or the Punjabi dingri mutter with mushrooms and peas.
Fantastic food, so tasty, 12 yr old son loves the butter chicken. Menu is varied, staff all very attentive and helpful, wine (by the glass) was excellent. So glad this restaurant is close by. Been coming here for mire than 20 years and it has always been consistently great.
This restaurant has great food, great service and good atmosphere. Thoroughly enjoyed the night out with family, we have dined there before and will do so again.
We had a fantastic dinner at Bombay By Night, food as always delicious! Staff warm and friendly .We have been over the years and tge standard is always high.Thankyou.
If you love fine dining, this is the place to be. If you love Indian food, this is one of the best places to experience the best. If you don'ft like Indian food, try this restaurant. It's superb.
Had a lovely night at Bombay by Night! I am not a big fan of Indian food as I find it too heavy but really enjoyed my meal.....Excellent food and good service. We will definitely be returning!
For a group of 4: Entrees were all good - potato croquettes, onion bhajia, gobi pokora and bombay chicken tikka; for mains, the lamb rogan josh and alu gobi were very good, tandoori chicken was also good, but wasn't too excited by the fish curry with tamarind. Very good service and the dining room was clean and unclutterred. A good night out; would recommend it. GLF
Always fantastic,Delicious Indian food.... beautiful setting,great service,always fresh. Highly recommend it for families or friends. Food is very aromatic and bursting with beautiful spices. We have been many times and it is always consistent with the high standard it sets time after time. You will love it!
The food was very good, tasted authentic and different from the 'normal' indian restaurants (we reccomend the butter chicken and the stuffed Nan, delicious!) the restaurant is neat and tidy, tables are well dressed and presented and the staff was very polite.
We had excellent service and the food was first class. Have been to other Indian restaurants and must say this is one of the best, if not the best that we have experienced when eating out. Thank you very much
overall a lovely experience - the night was very good food as always is excellent - tried the lamb vindaloo and this was hot but not too hot - spicy and interesting great atmosphere, was quite busy but not imposing, just a good cosy restaurant