Bombay Bicycle Club
I’d heard that the Bombay Bicycle Club had changed hands and was doing good work so thought I’d give it a midweek visit. I recalled it being a little underwhelming, but upon reading my previous review it just sounds like I ordered inanely. I suspect drink may have been taken.
The new owners have kept the interior to the same aesthetic but the menu has been comprehensively revamped. The welcome remained warm but there was a slightly slicker feel to the operation.
After ordering the obligatory Cobra, I eventually settled upon the pea and potato cakes to start followed by their Bicycle Club lamb curry with saag aloo and mushroom rice.
As a little livener, they brought an amuse bouche of vegetable samosa with a mango mint sauce. It was really good. It was noticeable that the versions brought to other tables were different based on what they’d ordered. It wasn’t so much an amuse bouche as a “here’s what to try next time”.
The starter of pea and potato cake was really smartly done. Served with a delicious tamarind sauce and bright and crisp salad this was impressively good stuff.
The main course largely maintained that standard. The lamb curry was pretty simple but was a real charmer. The saag aloo was as you would wish it to be. The mushroom rice was pretty good, too.
I rounded things out with a cup of tea which was precisely what was needed. I was left to reflect on a really enjoyable meal.
So overall, the Bombay Bicycle Club is doing very good work and is worth reconnecting with. They’ve upped their game from where they were previously with the transition from the former regime managed very well. I suspect a name change and a little refit might make sense in the next year or so to match a change of look with their considerable menu improvement.
Blythe scores the Bombay Bicycle Club
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 15/20
I ate: samosa, pea and potato cake, lamb curry, saag aloo, mushroom rice
I drank: lager
I wore: pinstripes
Total bill: £28.40
Address: 6 Brougham Place, Tollcross, Edinburgh EH3 9HW