Bombay Talkies at Bombay Bustle review

Dining in an Indian restaurant in London is a must – beyond India, this city boasts many of the world’s best. To stand out from the crowd, Mayfair’s acclaimed Bombay Bustle has Bombay Talkies, a series of dinner-and-movie nights. Read about Neil Simpson’s visit here.

Bombay Bustle is a beauty of a restaurant, with or without a movie: it’s styled after a (very posh) train carriage, with a snug, perfectly-lit bar at its entrance and cosy booths at the edges of the dining room. It’s part of the Jamavar group, which runs Michelin-starred Jamavar London on nearby Mount Street. Bombay Bustle is less formal, but still refined. Dedicated to Mumbai, it offers a menu of the city’s dosas, chaat, tandoor roasts, biryanis and curries.
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As you might have guessed by now, Bombay Bustle is moderately expensive (curries are around £20 each; smaller dishes around £12) but that’s why Bombay Talkies caught my attention: for £52 per person, you receive a glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne, a range of snacks, a bowl of samosa papdi chaat (vegetable samosa with wheat crisps and mint chutney – see the second picture in our Instagram post below), your choice of three curries, sides including dahl, rice and naan, then a jalebi cheesecake to finish (jalebi is a deep-fried Indian sweet smothered in syrup). Of course, £52 includes a film too.

I thought that perhaps there would be some reason as to why Bombay Talkies is relatively affordable, but my visit was great: the film plays on a big screen in the downstairs dining room – so you’re not disturbed – and a generous amount of food is served before, during and after the film; do not have a big lunch, trust me! Everything was tasty, especially the crunchy, yoghurt-covered samosa papdi chaat, so it felt like great value for money.

If you’re keen to experience a good Indian restaurant in London, Bombay Talkies is a great way to combine dinner and entertainment.

Bombay Bustle’s Bombay Talkies series takes place every Monday evening from 6.30pm until 15 April 2019: book for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind on 8 April, or Call Me By Your Name on 15 April

Find out more at
29 Maddox St, W1S 2PA
020 7290 4470 | [email protected]
Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm and 5.30pm-10.30pm
Prices and times correct at time of posting

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