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“OK If You Like Wine Bars and Don't Actually Want A Meal”
Review of Bombay Spice Grill and Wine - CLOSED

Bombay Spice Grill and Wine
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Indian, Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Paradise Valley
Cross street: E. Shea Blvd.
Phoenix, Arizona
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87 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“OK If You Like Wine Bars and Don't Actually Want A Meal”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

This outing was always going to be an adventure. I'd read about this place and it's an interesting concept. From the online menu it's clear that this is not "authentic" Indian and others have noted that. Online, though, they offer vegan and gluten-free menus which appealed to our group. However, and there are quite some howevers....

Upon first entering you feel like you are in a wine bar where trendy and "being seen" probably matter more than the food or drink. It's an unusual setting but unusual is OK. After entering the door, things went downhill.

It's not clear if they expect people to seat themselves or be shown a table. Certainly the not-being-attended-to as one hangs around in the doorway reinforces this feeling.

Having asked the person behind the counter - that would be one of the two persons who seemed trained to not notice customers - it was explain to sit anywhere. OK, that's cool. At this point the wait for a menu commenced. The waiting was punctuated by the only two people in the bar area flitting around but not being struck by that old-fashioned service-industry thing about providing menus.

The menu arrived and we eagerly asked about the gluten-free and vegan menus as shown on the web. Well, best beloved, it seems that "those are old" in that not all the items on those menus were available. However, the waiter offered to tell us what was vegan and what didn't have gluten. In fact, to be fair, they have listed the vegan items on the menu. He told us of the items to avoid, but missed out some that always have gluten. We would have checked so maybe that was mistake.

Some water came and we waited for someone to take our order. We waited some more. Then, for a change, we waited some more again. The person with the water jug came by, topped us up, then left. It seems he didn't do ordering. The other person, the bringer of menus, appeared sporadically but seemed more interested in talking to his friend at the bar then attending to customers.

After some more of watching the sole waiter going to-and-from the counter, chatting to his friend, but never bothering to take our order our enthusiasm had waned so much that we got up and left.

In terms of atmosphere. It seemed a place to take a date but I can't comment on the food as we never found anyone who actually wanted to take our order.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank PSKZ
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  • English first
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English first
Phoenix, Arizona
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58 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Authentic? No. Tasty? Very.”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

It's a build-your-own kind of deal: pick a starch, pick a sauce, pick a protein, add a vegetable. If you like it hot, vindaloo is the sauce of choice. If not, any of the remaining choices will be a good one, but I recommend the tikka masala. There are some appetizers, too. The seared tofu is our favorite; the wings are unappealing. The lamb chops, listed as an appetizer, are also good and can serve as a small meal. The claim to fame here is the "healthy" cooking style: little or no fat, low calorie counts, etc. They still manage to make it taste really good, though. Parking can be a challenge. There is a convenient lot facing Tatum, but it's small and fills quickly. Save some hassle and park on the north side of the building.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank ShortBusRider
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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“regular patron”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

Very tasty and nearly guilt-free since it is healthy-style Indian food. I particularly love that quinoa is offered as a sub for the usual basmati rice.

Visited February 2013
Helpful?
Thank Melanie C
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Phoenix, Arizona
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541 reviews
481 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
“Low Fat Healthy Indian Style Food reasonably priced”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

I really like coming here! Last time I enjoyed the bottomless weekend lunch special. It's $11.95 and all the appetizers, entrees and dessert you want from a selected menu. This time we shared a sampler plate of four items. Everything was flavorful and yummy and they were fun to share. We also shared the Chicken Vindaloo over quinoa and it was very good and really spicy. I like that most of the food is low fat and they have healthier options like quinoa and brown rice. They also offer vegetarian and vegan meals. This is Americanized Indian Style food but tasty anyway.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank TheSaltyPepper
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Phoenix, Arizona
Level Contributor
188 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Very good indeed.”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Surprised to find this small very busy restaurant in a small strip mall. Good sign when there are lots of people, and queues for take-aways. Had two Groupon deals, one for me and one for my husband - but I did not realise that we could only use one at one sitting and we were there on the last day of promotion. The manager was most accommodating, in accepting both coupons = which we really appreciated. The waitress was very helpful and efficient, despite there being only two servers, the service was fast. We enjoyed the food thoroughly - being a vegetarian, there were many items to choose from - even though the menu was not huge there was more than plenty to eat. Mild flavouors, not too strong that one gasped !! Will definately go there again - and highly recommended.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Sandy W
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