Bombay Pizza Co.

Fusion, India, Pizza — By on March 26, 2011 12:10 pm

Did you say ‘Indian’ pizza?

When I first heard of Bombay Pizza Co. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I love Indian food and I love pizza. But the two together? This I had to taste.

Viral Patel is the brain behind this new twist on Indian cuisine. After working for years managing the famous La Strada (I smile just thinking about that place), Viral decided to try to venture out on his own. Some good advice led him to India to study and learn the craft of Indian cuisine, a craft he learned in a matter of a couple of months. I know what you are thinking, was he crazy? I think he was a little crazy.

Viral’s adventure took on a life of its own and metamorphosed into the creation of Bombay Pizza Company.After some experimenting and re-training his palette, the menu was born. Now, before I get into the food, let’s visit the re-training his palette part.

Viral is used to eating really spicy Indian food, so he could not taste the same level of spice someone like me tastes. I am honestly not so bold when it comes to eating spicy food. After living in Texas for 20 years, all I can handle is medium heat pathetic, I know. Anyway, Viral laid off spicy foods for about two months so he could be a bit more objective about the what it means for food to be spicy.So Viral ended up taking the food spice down a couple of notches.

I’m grateful Viral made this sacrifice, because this means someone like me can really enjoy his food.

Let’s get into the food. The first thing I tried was the Kati roll, which is like a gyro but all Indian spices and cilantro. It’s filled with Tandoori chicken, onions and fresh cilantro.

After warming up with the Kati Roll, I dove right into Bombay Pizza Co.s most popular pizza, the Gateway to India. Wow, must have again! Gateway is filled with Tandoori chicken, crabmeat, artichoke hearts, cilantro chutney, mozzarella and provolone, and topped with fresh cilantro all on naan bread. Is your mouth watering yet?

I have to admit, I’m pretty old fashion with my pizza. I’m really picky with the toppings, but after Gateway to India, I’ll try all the other pizzas at Bombay.
I honestly ran out of room to eat anymore, (I kept stuffing my face with the Gateway to India), but I have ‘The Slumdog’ on the list for my next visit. The Slumdog is laden with pepperoni, Spanish chorizo, Canadian bacon, beef, chicken, onions and Bombay pizza sauce.

The most unusual pizza on the menu is the Berry Bombay. The sauce is made with strawberries and tomatoes, an unexpected combination, but it looked delicious.

Want something healthier? Bombay Pizza Company has great salads, too, including a tuna filet salad.

As in many restaurants the personal touch from the owner is key to making a restaurant, bistro, or bakery a place patrons want to go back to. As I have seen before, Viral worked the register, talked to customers, and managed to spend some time talking to me.

At the table next to me was a group of co-workers. A woman in this group has known Viral for years from his time at La Strada. She is now a regular at Bombay Pizza Co. and she had nothing but great things to say about Viral, and I do too. Viral tells me a great deal of the customers are regulars. Bombay Pizza Co. has been open only two months and already has a regular stream of loyal customers. Congratulations Viral!



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