Bombay Pizza Kitchen opened late last summer in Eden Prairie. As their name indicates, their thing is Indian-style pizza, a genre with an established history in India. Indeed, on our family trips to Delhi the boys much enjoy eating Indian-style pizza at outlets of Domino’s or Pizza Hut in malls (take a look at Pizza Hut India’s options here). I would imagine the genre is already quite widespread in places in the US where large populations of Indians and other South Asians can be found. The Twin Cities is increasingly one of those places and so it’s not a surprise that it should be here too now. Of course, they’re not the first such place in the Twin Cities metro; they’re not even the first in Eden Prairie: Pizza Karma, which opened a year or so previous, is less than a 10 minute drive away. We had been planning to go eat at Pizza Karma before the pandemic began and it’s entirely by happenstance that we ended up at Bombay Pizza Kitchen first. We stopped in for lunch with friends this past Sunday, after a 3.5 mile walk around Rice Marsh Lake on the border of Eden Prairie and Chanhassen. We were hungry and got a fair bit of the menu. Here’s how it went.
The restaurant is large and bright and attractive. Tables—at least now—are distanced well indoors. They also have a few tables outside, which is where we were sitting. We had 10 of the outdoor seats; I think there might be six more. There’s no awning or umbrellas there though which means that on bright sunny days (as last Sunday was) half your party is going to be squinting through the meal. Once you have your table you go up to the counter to order. There are no print menus. There’s a large menu on the screens above the counter and you can also scan a qr code to read the menu online. You pay and get a number and they bring the food over to your table when it’s ready. You get your own drinks from a fountain or from a complicated system of taps that dispense beer and wine.
So what did we eat? At most pizza places in India options for Indian toppings sit alongside American ones and both kinds come on standard crusts. The same is true at Bombay Pizza Kitchen. If you so choose you can build a pizza of your own that will, toppings-wise, resemble standard issue fare. Indeed, two of the kids in our party opted for one such, eating most of a medium pepperoni pizza between them. The rest of us, however, went for the Indian offerings. While the kids went straight to the pizza the six adults in attendance started by splitting a couple of starters; the Tangy Bhel Mix and the Sticky Gunpowder Wings. Both were rather good. In addition to the abbreviated list of starters they also do Curry Bowls with cauliflower rice and something they call Bombay Rolls—though what the fillings are rolled in, I’m not sure. We were there, however, for the pizza.
Our friends’ kids, as I noted, split the medium pepperoni and our kids split a medium “Build Your Own” with classic red sauce and tandoori chicken. They enjoyed it even though they said it wasn’t spiced as much or very much like their Delhi favourites. For the six adults it seemed unwise and even unsafe to not get six small pizzas so we could try a good portion of their toppings. As it happens, their small pizzas are cut into six slices each and so it worked out very well. What did we get? The Indian gent at the counter said that he recommends all first-timers get the Bombay Butter Masala and the Delhi Paneer Tikka and it seemed churlish to rebuff him. We got the former with chicken and the latter with paneer. In addition, we got one Andhra Achari (with chicken), one Kerala Coconut (with shrimp), one Punjab Palak (with paneer) and one Goa Vindaloo (with lamb). Of these the Andhra Achari made the least impression having neither much of a pickled (achari) flavour nor showing signs of Andhra flavours. The Goa Vindaloo was tasty enough but was a bit too gloppy for most of our liking.
The other four were much better. The Kerala Coconut split the group a little (I was one of those who liked it a lot) but we all enjoyed the others. I think my pick of the lot was the Punjab Palak but others were split between the Bombay Butter Masala and the Delhi Tikka Masala. (Now, don’t ask me what’s Bombay about the Bombay Butter Masala.) The crust on all the pizzas was the same as far as we could make out. As one of the two New Jersey natives in our party put it, “decent crust for Minnesota” but, truth be told, the crust is not really the calling card of Indian pizza.
In addition to the above a couple of orders each of Mango Lassi, Iced Chai and Nimbu Paani. All were creditable.
For pictures of the restaurant, the menu and the food, launch the slideshow below. Scroll down to see how much it all cost and thoughts on the experience as a whole.
The total with tax and tip for all of the above was just above $190 and we all took some leftovers home. Quite good value for what it is. And what it is is something that’s not so very common in these parts and so if you like Indian flavours and you’re not a stickler for artisanal pizza crust of one kind or the other, you should give it a go. We liked it enough to want to go back and try the rest of the menu. Though when that will be, I don’t know: opportunities for outdoor dining are dwindling with every day of cooler weather. And we also should go to Pizza Karma before going back here. If you’ve been to both and can compare, please write in below.
Alright, we are scheduled once again this weekend to eat on Colita’s patio. Rain put paid to that plan a few weeks ago; will it be a go this time? I hope so. If so, that will be next week’s review. If not, not.