A taste of India’s finest street food with Bombay Brew
Date published: 03 January 2020
The exotic tastes of India have been brought to Rochdale with the opening of the Bombay Brew Indian Street Food Restaurant & Craft Ale Pub: the first Indian street food restaurant outside of Manchester city centre.
Having opened in December 2019 in the former Wellington Hotel on Drake Street, Bombay Brew offers an impressive range of street food, curry and sides suitable for all, with a large selection for gluten-free and vegan diets.
Expect culinary delights such as pakora and kofta, spiced potatoes, loaded poutine fries, sweet and savoury chaat, ‘bom-bae’ spiced lamb lolly pops and tandoori chicken wings.
Regardless of how hot or mild you like your curry, there is a spice level for everyone, starting with the classically fragrant korma, right through to the kadai, a popular hot curry – and Bombay’s personal favourite!
Following an impressive first couple of weeks, pub landlord, Ben Boothman, tells us more about the story behind the opening of Bombay Brew, after an extensive £150,000 refurbishment to the restaurant area, fire place, kitchen, heating and re-wiring, and a new cellar system.
He said: "It’s brilliant; everyone loves a good curry round here and there wasn’t an Indian in the centre. Also it’s not just the food we know and love! The culture is also something everyone knows well and can relate to in Rochdale.
"Indian street food is not just something many people will not had before. It’s also really fresh, vibrant and healthy.
"The other great thing about street food is it is a little like tapas in the sense you can share the food and have a bit of everything. For us, there is nothing quite like rubbing elbows with your friends and family and enjoying a great meal together and hopefully people will get this feeling when they pop in and join us."
The menu is quite small in order to be kept as fresh as possible, with the food being prepared that day and cooked as you order. The menu itself has been drawn up by head chef Austin and his catering team of Andy, Tim and the two Bens. The menu will completely change every 10 weeks, a unique touch.
Bombay will be overseen by Ben and director Jenna North, and run by general manager Grace Lowry and assistant manager Lucy Jones.
Love Indian food, but hate coriander? No problem, as all dishes are available with, or without, this herby garnish.
Of course, no Indian street food is complete without a fantastic wine menu, a lager, or an authentic Indian Pale Ale.
Bombay also has a large selection of alcohol-free drinks including lager, stout and IPA.
Fresh chai, Indian tea and coffee are all available.
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