Restaurant owners Ricky Walia and Sunny Minhas want to mesmerize diners with the sumptuous fare that has deeply colored both their childhood and adult memories, and they’re going to do it with the May 18 opening of Bombay Brasserie in Roswell, Georgia. Following on the heels of Walia’s successful Masti—Fun Indian Street Eats in Toco Hills, the adventurous chef has teamed up with co-owner, partner and managing director Minhas on this new restaurant. They are not only sharing favorite traditional Indian dishes but also creating new ones by incorporating Chinese, European, and American influences. Bombay Brasserie is located at 900 Mansell Road in Mansell Oaks Plaza, near the corner of Alpharetta Highway.
“My idea is to bring a more upscale boutique Indian restaurant to Atlanta,” Walia says. “I’ve been having so much fun experimenting with many different foods and flavors. The menu features beloved Indian dishes like chicken tikka masala, vegetable pakoras, and meat samosas, but we're also adding many innovative dishes.”
Some of Walia’s new favorites include lamb chops gently spiced with cumin, coriander, garlic, ginger and chiles. He says, "After being marinated in yogurt for 48 hours, they are grilled to perfection. The tandoori salmon is also marinated in special tandoori spices and yogurt, then grilled. It’s served on a sizzling patter and melts in your mouth with that first bite.”
Walia believes his mustard greens with spinach, Indian butter, and cornbread will also become a big hit. Other palate pleasers on the menu include garlic seared lamb chops, pav bhaji fondue, kurkuri bhindi fries, and black tiger tandoori prawns.
To help diners witness culinary creativity in action, Walia and Minhas custom-ordered two copper-encased clay tandoori ovens from Jaipur, India. “It took two and a half months to get them, but it was worth the wait,” Walia says. “Our guests have a front row seat to a great performance.”
A masterful mixologist, Walia continues refining the restaurant’s creative cocktail menu. “We are infusing traditional liquors with exotic spices such as cumin, coriander, turmeric and beetle leaves,” he says. “We are also offering a wide variety of local craft beer and wines.”
Like sister restaurant Masti, Bombay Brasserie's atmosphere combines the best of rustic and contemporary decor, melding natural materials and traditional art pieces with India’s bright color palette. “I look forward to seeing friends gather on the 40-seat covered patio to relax with our hookah selection,” Walia says. “I also have a feeling some guests may prefer to sit inside on Friday and Saturday nights when our talented belly dancers will have them dancing in their seats.”