Takeout Stakeout: Bombay Bicycle Club

Lindsey
By Lindsey Last edited 119 months ago
Takeout Stakeout: Bombay Bicycle Club
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Londonist brings it on home.

Bombay Bicycle Club

Essex Road, Islington but there are....

Delivery Kitchens: Battersea, Chiswick, City, East Dulwich, Friern Barnet, Fulham, Greenwich, Islington, Little Venice, Putney, Tooting, Surbiton, West Hampstead, Wimbledon.

Order Online or find your local kitchen

Monday-Thursday 6.00pm-11.00pm

Friday-Saturday 5.00pm -11.00pm

Sunday 5.00pm-10.30pm

Expect to Pay: Around £4-5 starters, £8 mains, £4-5 sides

Rating: 9 out of 10

When we get the urge for curry it needs to sated, preferably with as large a selection of fine Indian food as possible. Bombay Bicycle Club's Islington Kitchen is saved in our favourites ready to order online whenever the craving arises. We rate them as the most reliable and delicious Indian food delivery folks in the area that come up with curries that actually taste distinct from one another, always quality meat well cooked and a tantalising range of starters and sides that sometimes serve as an Indian table picnic with no main courses necessary.

The only criticism we could level at them is that their main portions seem to have got smaller in recent months, whilst still providing a totally adequate feed. Also, they're not the cheapest of takeouts but, frankly, when the urge needs sating, the fiver we could save if we popped down the dodgy tandoori at the end of the road just doesn't seem worth it. Also, for those feeling the pinch days, a Chicken Biryani for £8.95 isn't going to break the bank.

From the menu, Shish Kebab are tasy, spicy rolls bedding on onions and begging to be smeared in the homemade raita (this used to be spicier.... but it still rocks). Tarka Daal is surprisingly liquid when it arrives hot but leave it in the fridge overnight and you've got a creamy, lentilly gunge to decorate toast or eat straight from the container next morning. Bhindi (okra) comes with a special spicy sauce and is our vegetable of choice although the Aloo Palak (spinach and potato) is a more substantial alternative (addition). We love their Chicken Dansak because it manages to be light and gingery as well as lentilly fulfilling and you can actually taste the spices in the Lamb Bhuna.

There's a special summer barbecue menu on at the moment featuring skewers and kebabs, salad, prawn curry and Bombay Burgers. They'll even deliver booze and ice-cream to your door.

Basically, we rely on Bombay Bicycle Club and would love to find out if their other kitchens around London, and, indeed, their restaurants in Hampstead, Balham and Holland Park live up to Islington's consistent standards, delivery times and customer service. Please comment if you're in the Club!

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Last Updated 02 June 2008

DeanN

I find their vegetarian stuff fairly disappointing, which is unforgivable for an Indian restaurant, really.

kurteye

Look at that steaming heap!

Lindsey

For anyone who's wondering, the above commenter is referring to the amateur snapshot I took of my lush dinner on a plate. Food styling is clearly not my forte. This has now been replaced by something rather more stylish, albeit not something I've tasted.