Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Bollywood Restobar

Hubby and I won a double pass to see "The Host" (I don't recommend seeing that movie at the cinema) and we could only see it at Event Cinema in Innaloo. We don't really know the area and didn't want to venture too far from the cinema so decided to try Bollywood Restobar which was right next door.

It was only 5:30pm (movie was at 6:30pm), so not surprisingly we were their first customers.  The manager greeted us and told us we could sit anywhere we wanted.  The name of the restaurant was very fitting - they were blasting Bollywood music through the speakers, playing Indian music videos on the wall mounted television, the back wall is a mural of famous Bollywood stars and their menu was also plastered with Bollywood stars.

As we had not been to Bollywood Restobar before, we decided to ask the manager for recommendations, I'm not sure whether he thought we had never had Indian food before or whether butter chicken and lamb rogan josh really are their house specialties but we decided to go with his recommendations anyway.

Our order
Bollywood platter (samosa, aaatissha kebab, lamb shikh kebab, fish amritsari) $28
Butter chicken $21.50
Lamb rogan josh $21.50
Garlic naan $4
Steamed basmati rice $3.50

Food and presentation - 3.5/5
The food was good.  Nothing really to rave about but nothing to complain about either.

Bollywood platter $28

Butter chicken $21.50 and Lamb rogan josh $21.50

Garlic naan $4 and steamed basmati rice $3.50
 Service - 4/5
The manager was very friendly and attentive and so was the waitress who served us a bit later.  Our food came out quickly and we were asked a couple of times how everything was going.  Whilst we were waiting for our food, the manager was setting up some of the tables and you can tell he was concentrating very hard to get it lined up perfectly - hubby and I gave him a big thumbs up for attention to detail.

Atmosphere - 4/5
I like the Bollywood music blasting through the speakers and the Bollywood décor.  It is slightly tacky but it fits the theme.   We were the only customers there so not sure what it'll be like when it's full house but we were happy with the peace and quiet.

Value for money - 2.5/5
Expensive.  You're paying about 30% more for the same dishes than at other Indian restaurants (well, the ones I've been to anyway).  I guess you're paying for the décor and the fact that it is owned by the same people who owns 2 Fat Indians in Mount Lawley. 

Will go back if we're in the area and craving Indian food but I won't be going out of my way to have dinner there.

Taste Test Total Score 14/20

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