Good Indian food seems to be becoming more and more common here in Busan. Less than nine months after reading about how difficult it was to find decent Indian food here, there are at least three good options. The most recent one I’ve tried is Bombay Indian restaurant in Nampo-dong.
The owner and cook is a really friendly guy who speaks perfect English. He explained that they serve western Indian food, which shares a lot of elements with Pakistani and Afghan foods. The menu lacked some of my personal favorite Indian dishes, but there were also a lot of things I’d never heard of and would like to try.
Sampling everything will be easy because Bombay is really inexpensive. Most dishes are 6,500 won (plus 1,500 – 2,500 for nan or rice). The portions aren’t huge, but they were enough to satisfy me on a very hungry day. The atmosphere is pretty simple and laid back, definitely very comfortable. **UPDATE (5/2012): Prices have apparently increased, to 9,000~12,000 for main dishes)**
The debate has begun about whether Bombay is better than Namaste. I still put Namaste at number one, because they have a more extensive menu that includes more of my favorites. However, Bombay is about half the price, and there are plenty of new menu items to try. I guess I’ll need to go back a few more time before I can truly decide. Still, after a long day of shopping in Nampo, Bombay Indian Restaurant is an excellent option.
Directions: From PIFF Square walk straight two block until you reach the shopping street. Turn right and walk until you reach the intersection with the Apple store and ABC mart. Turn left. Walk past “The Pan” and “The Pho.” Go a few blocks. You’ll see a large Caffe Bene on the left. Turn left here. Go down the street for a block and a half. Bombay is on your left.
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