Craving Indian? And Pizza? Bombay Pizza Co. is the answer!
Bombay Pizza Co.’s Sugar Land location (they also have a location in downtown Houston) is located at Highway 6 and University Boulevard. The restaurant is open, bright, and decorated in warm colors and darker woods.
This is a counter service restaurant where you place your order at the counter, get your own soft drinks, then wait for your food to be brought to your table. Alcoholic beverages are available, and those will be brought to your table by the wait staff.
Even though the dining room is essentially one big, open room, the clever use of low divider walls breaks up the space and makes it feel more intimate.
Let’s get to the really interesting part — the menu! As we approached the ordering line, we must have looked a bit lost, and a helpful employee came to our rescue. She gave us menus to look at and explained what some of the items were. She told us what some of the more popular dishes were, which was a big help. There were so many interesting choices, but knowing what other people seemed to like helped us narrow our choices. In addition to pizzas, the menu also offers appetizers, pastas, salads, soups, and desserts.
We started with the Chicken Kati Roll. which was tandoori chicken, pickled onion, and cilantro, all wrapped in naan and fried. Cilantro-mint chutney is served on the side for dipping. If you don’t want chicken, you can also choose tandoori paneer (cheese), tandoori sweet potato, or tandoori masala shrimp. This dish is an appetizer, but I probably could have eaten it for my meal. The spicier chicken and crunchy veggies made for a delicious and filling dish. I can see why it is a customer favorite!
The kids wanted to try the lasagna. We had intended to order 2 of these, but somehow the cashier rung up only one. When we saw the size of the portion, we decided that wasn’t a problem at all! The portion was ginormous! The tomato sauce (also used on the pizza) is on the sweeter side, which is something my husband enjoys, though I usually prefer a spicier sauce. The lasagna is densely packed with meat — it looked almost like a slice of meatloaf! I’d say that the meat-to-pasta ratio is higher than in most typical lasagnas. But it was still tasty. Even with all 4 of us picking at it, we couldn’t finish it! Pasta dishes are served with a side of masala garlic bread.
One thing I really love is that the pizzas come in 8″, 12″, or 16″ sizes. This meant that my husband and I could each order a smaller size pizza with different toppings to suit each of our tastes. Additionally, the two larger sizes can be made half-and-half with different toppings.
Hubby went with a “custom-built” 8-inch pepperoni and tandoori chicken, meaning that he chose his own toppings from the list of choices. He enjoyed his pizza very much.
At the suggestion of the helpful woman who had spoken with us when we entered, I tried the 8-inch Gateway of India, which had tandoori chicken, crab meat, artichoke hearts, provolone and mozzarella on a cilantro-mint chutney (rather than tomato sauce) and topped with fresh cilantro. Talk about a tremendous combination of flavors! I thought the use of the chutney in place of tomato sauce was interesting, and it definitely added to the flavor of the pizza.
We enjoyed the pizzas very much, but found that the thin crust didn’t stand up so well on my pizza, which had so many heavy toppings on it. I really liked the edge of the crust, which you can see is nicely browned. It tasted almost like a pie crust.
For dessert, we tried the Gulab Jamun, which is fried dough balls in a sweet syrup, flavored with cardamom and rosewater. It was served hot and was sweet, with a heavy cardamom flavor. I was glad to try something new, but I admit the flavor wasn’t my favorite.
I had heard all kinds of good reports about the Bombay Pizza in Houston, so when a few friends tried the Sugar Land location and liked it, I knew I had to try it out. We enjoyed our meal — it was an interesting and different fusion of flavors. As I reflect on the meal, though, I think I have decided that if I want Indian food, then that’s what I want. And if I want pizza, then that’s what I want. But I don’t necessarily think they’re two things I’ll often want at the same time. This is just a personal preference, of course, and has nothing to do with the quality or flavor of the food, which was quite good. If someone were to suggest we meet at Bombay Pizza for a meal, I wouldn’t object. On the other hand, I don’t know that it’s a place that I’ll frequent on my own.
The servers were very friendly and helpful, so that was a definite plus. To be honest, I’m not sure why Bombay Pizza needs to be a counter service place. The wait staff are much more attentive and seem to do almost as much as the wait staff at a table service restaurant. Especially for new customers, it would be less intimidating to be able to sit at a table and peruse the menu, rather than have to decide while standing in line at the counter.
Are you a fan of Bombay Pizza? What is your favorite combination of pizza toppings? Let me know in the comments.