Chennai’s Bombay Brasserie on College Road reopens doors with a fresh look and an all-new menu

Bombay Brasserie has reopened its doors with a makeover inspired by the rich diversity of Indian regions, cultures and cuisines

ByRama Ramanan

Published Dec 02, 2023 | 11:00 AMUpdated Dec 02, 2023 | 11:00 AM

Chennai’s Bombay Brasserie on College Road reopens doors with a fresh look and an all-new menu

In a world where consumer loyalty is a matter of privilege, reinvention, it seems is the way to stay afloat in any business. Taking this philosophy a bit further is Bombay Brasserie. The restaurant recently reopened its doors with a complete makeover at its College Road outlet in Chennai.

Reflecting the diverse tapestry of India has been at the heart of the ethos at Bombay Brasserie. The commitment to constantly evolve and innovate led the brand to delve deeper into the very soul of Indian culture.

“Our goal with the latest transformation was to create a space that resonates with every corner of India, a melting pot of myriad cultures, traditions, and flavours. Incorporating elements from various regions became the cornerstone of our design philosophy,” shares Ranjan Chakraborty, Business Head, Bombay Brasserie.

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Making it local

What’s on the platter besides the new look? An all-new menu, inspired by the rich diversity of Indian regions, cultures and cuisines, reimagined with a contemporary flair.

The new food menu pays homage to many of India’s distinctive ingredients. Some of these are remote and sourced specially. Think Black Stone Flower, Bhoot Jolokia, etc.

The new menu will be available at the newly refurbished College Road outlet as well as the Adyar location of the brand.

The new menu will be available at the newly refurbished College Road outlet and the Adyar location. (Supplied)

Along with regional Indian specialities, the brand believes in localising the flavours and experience. Ergo, one of their standout features is the Kaapi Wall.

“The homage to the beloved South Indian style coffee, showcased through a collection of brass ‘debaras,’ pays tribute to the warmth and tradition associated with this iconic beverage,” says Chakraborty.

The sprawling transparent glass house seating is the main highlight of the space that encompasses a vibrant handmade kite lighting feature suspended from the double-height ceiling painting a buoyant picture of India’s spirited and multi-cultural harvest season.

“When you are here, take a moment to marvel at the Incredible India wall adorned with a series of picture frames representing India’s rich history through paintings, maps and recipe books. With a prolific heritage of handcrafted and hand-painted wooden dolls, an entire wall is dedicated to paying ode to this unique Indian craft,” he informs.

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Keeping culinary heritage alive

The new menu, he says, is the epitome of South Indian culinary heritage on a plate. With offerings like Guntur Podi Chicken, Nilgiri Vegetable Curry, and Pulled Jackfruit Masala served alongside Curried Butter Parotta, it’s hard to deny.

Pulled Jackfruit Masala and Curried Butter Parotta

Pulled Jackfruit Masala and Curried Butter Parotta. (Supplied)

“Each dish encapsulates a distinct flavour profile and culinary technique deeply rooted in the region’s rich gastronomic traditions,” he adds.

The new must-try menu includes Small Plates comprising rich, hot Kadhi Samosa Chaat, south-inspired Mushroom Pepper Taco and a crunchy Street Fried Chicken.

“Hot Plates and Street Grills have additions like the street-inspired Paraath Paneer, Charminar Murg Boti and the classic Kashmiri Naan Kebab,” he notes.

The Big Plates and biryanis include the unique Pulled Jackfruit Masala with Curried Butter Parotta, home-style garam masala-inspired Punjabi Cooker Chicken and Egg Tadka Biryani.

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The need to revamp

In the dynamic landscape of gastronomy, staying stagnant is not an option.

“We believe in the necessity of adapting, evolving, and exploring new horizons. Additionally, reinvention allows us to honour tradition while embracing modernity. It empowers us to infuse contemporary trends with timeless culinary legacies. This results in a harmonious blend that resonates with our diverse audience,” emphasises Chakraborty.

Banarasi Chaat

Banarasi Chaat. (Supplied)

This philosophy is reflected in their new desi mocktails, too.

“The new desi mocktails list includes The Indian Rose — a spiced, and creamy version of the ruby coloured 90’s special rose syrup. Curry Leaf and Keri Mojito, which is a raw mango refresher with a curry leaf twist. And Satrangi Atrangi, which is a progressive spin on our everyday tea,” he elaborates.

Reinvention fuels creativity and experimentation, notes Chakraborty.

And perhaps to witness this makeover, Bombay Brasserie could be on your weekend list to unwind and indulge.

Address: 03, College Lane, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600006,
Contact: 044 4210 0709
Timings: Monday to Sunday, 12 pm to 4 pm; 7 pm to 11 pm
Social Media: Instagram: @bombaybrasserie_in | Website: www.bombaybrasserie.in