In search of Indian cuisine at ‘Bombay Palace’

Situated right across the night market in Soi 57 (27/1 Dechanuchit road), a few minutes walk from Hua hin’s walking street. Bombay Palace gives you the experience of a little India in the town of Hua hin.

The restaurant is family friendly and although you will find a bar inside it, they only serve non-alcoholic beverages out of which the lassi and the authentic indian tea they serve here tastes really special. 

According to the owner the milk used is from a farm in the neighbouring city of cha am, and that in my opinion is how a true India lassi or tea is supposed to be made. The restaurant’s a family business and the head chef is the owner’s mother herself. So, this is truly Indian, and most importantly mom’s recipes. 

Eating the food gave me the feeling that I was back in India. I had some plain naan, along with some chicken karahi, dal tadka and biryani. Having lived in India for two years, I would say that the food was more than perfect. When I asked the owner what their special dish was. He answered saying, “every dish is special for us, but if I have to name one or two, people love our butter chicken masala and mutton masala also referred to as lamb masala by most of our customers”

The Menu placed outside the shop were as follows, but there are many more dishes the restaurant has to offer. A Great dish missing here are the Naan rotis which you will find in their menu inside with a selection of many Naans from plain, butter, garlic, cheese and puri as well.

A few facts that make this restaurant stand out is that the food here is Halal, and pure vegetarian dishes are also served. There are four Indian restaurants in town who serve halal, however this is the only one owned and run by a Muslim family. Also, from pure vegetarian, I mean completely vegetarian to the point that the utensils and equipment used for vegetarian dishes are set apart from the ones used for the non vegetarian ones. You can also ask them to modify your dishes, as everything is always made fresh, and can be prepared the way you want it to be. The restaurant also serves to the special needs of Jains, an ancient religion of India for whom the food is prepared without onion and garlic. 

The average price for food here is about 190 baht per person for which you can get one chicken biryani or chicken curry with Naan. This price I would say isn’t that expensive, however the quality of food you get here tastes much more than the price.

This is currently one of the few Indian restaurants running right at the city center and the closest one from Hua Hin’s night market. I definitely loved the food, the atmosphere and most importantly the friendliness and the great hospitality I received here. If you are visiting the Huahin, then I would definitely recommend this restaurant. A truly great experience of a little India in Thailand.

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