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5.2 /6 Excellent 25 Reviews

Bombay by Night

Caulfield South Indian $$$ +100
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About Bombay by Night

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.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 18:00 - 21:00
  • Wednesday 18:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday 18:00 - 21:00
  • Friday 18:00 - 21:00
  • Saturday 18:00 - 21:00
  • Sunday 18:00 - 21:00
Bombay by Night, North Rd 355, 3162 Melbourne

Further Information

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.


25 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 25 Reviews
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: short
Service: friendly
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1 review so far 6
18.03.2017 21:34

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.

1 review so far 6
23.10.2016 00:09

Quality Indian Cuisine and service. Been here a number of times over the years and we have always enjoyed the food and service. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 6
22.10.2016 07:57

Excellent food & service. Had great meal with a couple of friends and everything we tried was great. Will definitely go back again some time soon.

1 review so far 6
21.10.2016 07:20

The best Indian food we have had in a very long time, also love the restaurant and staff were very attentive. You certainly won't be disappointed 👍

1 review so far 5
18.04.2016 10:21

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!

1 review so far 5
13.02.2016 15:19

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

1 review so far 6
21.06.2016 14:04

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!

1 review so far 6
28.07.2016 07:52

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.

1 review so far 6
06.02.2016 19:02

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

1 review so far 5
27.02.2017 09:24

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

1 review so far 6
11.09.2016 08:33

Great food, great atmosphere, great service by attentive and polite waiting staff! We sat at the window table - lovely ambience, elegant restaurant with crisp white table cloths. Lovely night!!

1 review so far 6
04.04.2016 08:50

Absolutely loved it. We had the window table, the service was great and the food spectacular. I would definitely go again. So many great dishes. Butter chicken was yum.

1 review so far 6
07.05.2016 10:30

It was an extremely good experience with outstanding vindaloo. We will be back. We took a person who has a avoided Indian all her life. She loved it!

1 review so far 6
11.04.2016 07:08

Great, as always! My favourite Induan restaurant in Melb. Lamb and prawn dishes were fantastic, naan bread the best. Great ambience and service - nice

1 review so far 4
14.06.2016 07:10

I arrived first. The first of 3 diners. I was looked after really well, as were the other two diners when they arrived. Entrees were really good. Curries were watery. Service was excellent. Would definitely revisit

1 review so far 5
14.12.2016 09:12

Friendly efficient staff. Delicious food - lots of lovely delicate flavors. Sauces seemed lighter than a lot of Indian cuisine. Modern decor. Great experience. Will definitely go back.

1 review so far 5
15.10.2016 18:02

Food was delicious ! Samosas , chicken tikka entree were outstanding . Lamb / spinach curry was beautiful as was the prawn curry . Definitely will go back

1 review so far 5
11.09.2016 07:09

Good food great service. Exceptional experience. Staff are very friendly. Food is different to nom Indian restaurants. Prices are reasonable compared to other restaurants in the area

2 reviews so far 5
16.02.2017 08:31

Great service (not in your face all the time), amazing tasting food, nice feel about the restaurant, everything was good about it :) Definitely no complaints

1 review so far 5
03.04.2016 08:29

great service, excellent food. You do pay for what you get, however, so not the place for a quick, cheap outing. We will definitely go again