Food and Drink Editor Zenna Hussain visits Bundobust, a charming Indian restaurant and bar, praising its versatility and tastes.

Written by Zenna Hussain
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Located in the bustling city centre, this charming dining spot is a true hidden gem. With its cosy atmosphere and vibrant South Asian music, it promises a dining experience that you won’t soon forget.

The walls are adorned with vibrant Desi posters, offering a wide variety of deals and combos to choose from. Opting for the limited edition Indo-Chinese menu, (only available until 14th April,) we were delighted with the ample food selection. Catering to both vegetarians and vegans, the menu boasted an impressively diverse range that honoured South Asian roots while infusing some Chinese-inspired dishes with a Desi twist.

impressively diverse range that honoured South Asian roots while infusing some Chinese-inspired dishes with a Desi twist

The menu provided detailed information on each dish, with an allergy list promptly brought out when we mentioned a peanut allergy upon arrival. Soon after ordering, our drinks arrived, including the Virgin Mango Lopez, a mild non-alcoholic option, and a refreshing Mango Mojito with underlying coconut and mango flavours. Not only was the drink selection impressive, all had a desi twist; south Asian flavours mixed with popular drinks.

We were then brought our food, a venerable feast that could have easily fed three or even four people. The food showcased a surprising diversity in textures, tastes, and presentations. The combo boasted a plethora of options, with a focus on flavour combinations and uniqueness.

The Okra Fries provided a delightful twist on a traditional favourite, especially when paired with the Gobi Manchurian, a personal favourite featuring a flavourful mix of mushrooms and cauliflower. While the Chilli Paneer was a bit chewy for my liking, with so much selection, I simply took to the next dish: the Gobi Toast which offered a delightful veggie alternative to prawn toast, worrying similar to the original, perfectly portioned and enhanced by its accompanying sauce.

Texture and presentation played crucial roles in elevating the dining experience

The Chow Chow, a completely new dish for me, offered a unique texture experience with its blend of rice and noodles, a strange and yet oddly fun texture experience.

Traditional spices added familiar sensations with new textures, The bhel puri and bundo chaat, neither part of the combo, were delicious, the yoghurt adding a nice twist, and a delicious texture.

Comparing it to another nearby spot, I found that this Indian restaurant and bar shared similarities with The Soak, making it a perfect choice for those who enjoy the selly-based restaurant but fancy a longer walk or a change of scenery.

Our dining experience at this establishment was delightful, offering a diverse range of flavors and textures in a cosy setting. With its unique twists on traditional dishes and attentive service, it’s definitely a place worth revisiting.

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