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Appley Rise / Ryde / Portsmouth / Isle of Wight / England / PO33 1LE / Tel: 01983 811 888

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      29.08.2010 04:38

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      i went to bombay place with reserved seat.i waited over 55min to get my table.they kept telling to wait 5min 4 times.when i got to my table the service's were very poor.ok we made are order veg birayani and ather thing. in the veg birayani i found piece meat init.they diden't care at all.i realy don't advice any one to go there.they treat you like tourist.they jest don't care......

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      13.03.2010 21:20
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      Excellent Indian

      When it comes to Indian Restaurants, Ryde on the Isle of Wight has its fair share. In fact, there are around eight or nine of them in a one mile radius, each one featuring a different set of pros and cons. Located next to the Esplanade's canoe lake, the newly opened 'Bombay Palace' is without doubt situated in a beautiful location. Diners can look out over the tree-lined banks of the lake, and watch the swans whilst eating their Kormas and Birianis. The building in which the restaurant is housed has just been built - funnily enough in a Chinese rather than Indian style. The reason for this is down to the fact that the Bombay Palace was originally going to be a Chinese, built to replace the thatched 'Beijing Palace' which burned down on the same site a few years back.

      On my visit to the Bombay Palace two or three weeks ago, the friendly staff welcomed us into the building and showed us to our seats. The decor is modern and pleasant with appropriate artwork adorning the predominantly white walls. The ambient lighting is pleasant too, with purple-tinted illumination adding to the atmosphere. Everything is really clean, and due to the newness of the building, there was an overriding aroma of freshly laid carpet! The menu is fairly extensive, and has a wide selection of both starters and main courses. When it comes to Indian food, i'm not really that experimental, and usually stick to what I know - I will generally opt for either the Chicken Tikka Masala, or Chicken Korma. On this occasion I chose the Tikka - and i'm glad I did, as it was excellent. The dish was of a generous size, delicious smelling, and the sauce was creamy and not too spicy. The large chunks of chicken were tender and flavoursome, and it was certainly as good a Tikka as i've had in the past at other local venues. Similarly, the rice was perfectly cooked, and the large and freshly made naan was totally delicious.

      The service was very good, with our waiter making sure our party had everything we needed. He also personally unfolded the table napkin for each person, which is a nice (yet usually unnecessary) touch. In the past, i've experienced some less than polite service at Indian restaurants, but here it was very good, and we made sure that our waiter received a generous tip. In terms of the prices, dining at The Bombay palace isn't going to break the bank. My main meal was priced only around £7.99, which was very reasonable considering its quality. The drinks are a little more than pub-prices, but again, they are by no means extortionate and, much, much less than the £7 I was charged for a bottle of beer at an Indian restaurant I once dined at in Devon.

      For drivers, parking shouldn't be too much of a problem - there isn't a car park, but there will usually be plenty of spaces to be found on the road around the lake. In terms of the opening times, the restaurant is open seven days a week at the following hours;

      Monday to Thursday: 12noon to 2pm & 5.30pm to 11pm
      Friday to Saturday: 12noon to 2pm & 5.30pm to 11.30pm
      Sundays: 12noon to 1030pm

      For an excellent dining experience, I highly recommend the Bombay Palace, which serves great food, and is located in a fantastic setting. The ambience is pretty much spot on, and it's well worth visiting for a quality meal.

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        13.03.2010 21:14
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        brilliant food.

        A few months back the building that once stood on the same spot that the recently opened Bombay Palace mysteriously burnt to the ground. It was quite an event on our small Island and it made the front page of the Island's County Press. I can't say that I ever went there, so had no familiarity for what went before as it was usually known for being quite expensive.

        The Bombay Palace is an Indian restaurant in a mock Chinese building. I'm sure the in and outs of why this is can be found online, but it is in no doubt very boring so I won't go into that here for you guys, I'm sure you just want to know about the food and the ambience.

        Positioned on the edge of the boating lake, the views from the building are impressive and stretch across the Solent towards the skyline of Portsmouth. If you visited the restaurant on a nice day I am sure that the view from the window will add to your dining experience.

        We visited the restaurant for my girlfriend's 30th birthday celebration with a group of six people. Upon entry the place seemed quite empty, but we were led upstairs and set into our seats. The building is very thin and narrow and there is literally room for about 5 people side to side across the width of the room. Luckily the seating isn't too on top of each other, this is good because it could have been a little uncomfortable otherwise.

        The decor is good (at the moment - it is very new!). The interior was clean and bright with a modern appearance and the staff seemed happy. A young waiter took our drinks order and asked whether we wanted any popadoms, which of course we did!

        Our drinks and popadoms came quickly and our orders were taken. I usually have a lamb biryani in Indian restaurants and wanted to see what one would be like here, so I went for that. I also chose a mixed meat kebab for my starter.

        The starter was nice presented and very tasty, without being too massive meaning I would be unable to eat my main. The birynani was excellent, lots of lamb and plenty of rice. The curry wasn't too spicy either. I was pleased not to feel rushed as you are often felt to be like in other restaurants, and it felt a lot more like and evening and more of an experience.

        We were all very pleased with the overall evening at The Bombay Palace, even more so with the very reasonable price. I would highly recommend the place for a romantic meal, a group booking or even an afternoon Indian dish. An excellent meal in a great location.

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