Reviews

Star Rating:

***** Bombay Grill & Cafe is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, based on 50 reviews!

  • *****

    Who would have thought!!! Looks pretty shabby from the outside and the inside is also not exactly like a 5-Star Restaurant; however THE FOOD IS AMAZING!!! Really really good!!! Whether you're a local or just traveling through as I did, give this place a try! - you won't be disappointed!!! Also, the staff and the manager/owner were all very friendly. Service was quick and helpful explaining the menu!

  • *****

    Solid authentic Indian food. When one enters a truck stop they expect the usual, this however was a hidden treasure that I will not regret finding. It's a great place to eat, nice folk, the Bollywood movies that play aren't to my liking but, it's whatever. The food is amazing.

  • *****

    March 18, 2018 update
    Added pics of current menu. Food is still the best in NM!

    Excellent authentic Indian food! Ordered the Bahaar-E-Subz and it was amazing, super fresh and very tasty. The Shahi Murg Biryani was fantastic! And the garlic nan took me back to my time in southern India.

    The employee we spoke with was from Punjab and was super nice. We will definitely stop here again!

    Taking a cup of chai for the road too! Best Indian food in NM!

  • *****

    This is an amazing example of great cooking, pretty much the best food (outside of my other review of the Tamale Factor) anywhere within 100 miles. Paul the owner is a great guy too. This is some of the best Indian food I have had.

  • *****

    I have been to many Indian restaurants over my lifetime, when I ate here I was wondering if I thought it was good because I had been away from civilization too long, or if it was actually good. Then I was off to the east coast with plenty of Indian food, and thus I had a fresh comparison. I came back to town and ate here, and realized it was very good good indeed! The establishment is new so there are some dishes you can't get yet. Other than the extremely slow service I can't complain, it's simply a great place for Indian food. I have urged the owner to move closer into town because right now it's in a truck stop with the idea of feeding the Indian truck drivers. But really they should focus on feeding the Gallupians. My friends and I have been here very often in the two months they have been open, and we have also told all the people we can about it. It's across from the TA truck stop in the old Gulf truck stop.

  • *****

    A hidden gem in sn unepected location! I'll definitely be back when traveling through New Mexico! Best of all it was hand made to order!

  • *****

    Excellent food ... The place looks ok so don't assume ... probably the best food in town & better than any Los Angeles Tandoori / North Indian restaurant . Must try ... Don't miss this one"

  • *****

    I ate here late Friday night after driving cross country. I think it's worth a 5th star based on the scarcity of non-chain restaurants off I-40.

    As other reviewers have said, the staff is very friendly. I think this place is popular with Indian-American truckers as well as folks passing through. It looks like a small buffet is prepared for people arriving earlier in the day.

  • *****

    Frequent visitors to or residents of Gallup, NM will know that there are plenty of places to eat in Gallup - if, of course, your idea of "places to eat" is 100 different restaurants each serving a variation of tortillas, eggs, cheese and chile. That, or the same crappy fast food joints serving up the same artery-clogging fare you can find anywhere else in the country. Don't believe me? The first eight or so pages on Yelp when you search for "Food" in Gallup are brimming with New Mexican/Mexican restaurants. One wonders how all these places are even financially viable.

    For a traveler sick and tired of New Mexican food, this place is like an breath of fresh air; first of all, it's the only Indian restaurant for probably 100+ miles in any direction. So you will find flavors here that simply don't exist anywhere else in that radius. The a la carte menu is a bit on the scanty side, and the lack of dal dishes surprised me - although I am sure if I asked they would serve it up. Prices are reasonable, about $15 for a large piece of garlic Naan, a huge portion of chicken masala, and basmati rice. The buffet seems like a better value. Service is a bit lacking, the proprietors and staff seem to be a bunch of older Indian guys and I was there right after they opened. They were friendly, though.

    The ambiance is...well, this is a shell of a restaurant in what was formerly a truck stop diner. So the decor is Indian, but not the kind of Indian that this restaurant is. It is clean but obviously not rocking the latest & greatest in interior decoration. Finally, a restaurant in Gallup where I don't have to worry about fending off drunk panhandlers in the parking lot, and shoo off people trying to sell me crappy jewelry and trinkets when all I want to do is eat (I never understood that about Earl's and that is why I no longer go there). I will be back.

  • *****

    This place is an unexpected gem and a fascinating cultural experience. Did not expect to find good Indian food in Gallup, but this place beats out most Indian food in the Bay Area and LA. Yes, it's a truck stop, but looks can be deceiving. Both the food and the service were excellent.

  • *****

    great food. owners are nice and friendly prices are reasonable and they have a very extensive menu. what. more can you ask for?. dont let the location scare you away. I'm only in the area for a month but I'll definitely be back.

  • *****

    My wife and I chanced upon this place when stopping for gas. We thought we'd give it a shot as we didn't fancy any chain restaurants or any more Mexican food. We were more than pleasantly surprised. The decor is 70s truck-stop, which is cool if you like places a little odd and different, though probably not the best choice if you enjoy some modern, chic ambience. It seems like the go-to place for Indian truck drivers passing through. The food was probably some of the best Indian I have tasted in this country, and on par with many of the Indian restaurants I have been to in the UK. The menu had some interesting choices, different from the typical faire of most Indian restaurants. Portions were large with enough to take home. I spent the whole of the next day looking forward to having the leftovers for dinner. I would most definitely go back there next time I am passing through.

  • *****

    This place was discovered purely by chance and I'm glad I ended up finding it. The food was good. Remember this restaurant is a part of a gas station and is visited by a number of truckers. The food though will beat any fine dining restaurant taste.
    I went with a friend and we ordered Daal fry and not makhani and Baingan Bhartha (Eggplant veggie). Service was good and the owner was friendly.

    The good thing was when I met a friend from New Mexico, he mentioned the same place and how good was their food.

  • *****

    I'm not a fan of Indian food. I ate here a couple of times. I enjoyed the bread and meatballs, but I thought the price was rather high.

    However, I support this place because we need outsiders to come into town and open restaurants here. Not everyone lives their life around green chile.

  • *****

    Amazing! You must eat here. Don't be afraid of the outside truck stop. This family makes the most authentic fresh delicious butter chicken I've ever had. This is one of those hole in the wall heavens that should be on Anthony bourdain or travel channel. This is way better than anything else in the area. If you aren't familiar with Indian food fare, just order "butter chicken" and you can't go wrong. Wow.

  • *****

    My husband and I drove to Gallup from LA. We were surprised to find delicious, authentic Indian food. We ordered everything spicy and they did not skimp on the spice or flavor. Everything was so good! Comparable to Indian food back home! Delicious! Service was awesome. If we're ever back to these parts we will definitely stop here again.

  • *****

    Excellent food! Lunch buffet was actually cheap. The high prices must be dinner. Place is run down but good food. Very small buffet but they cover the basics of India cuisine.

  • *****

    What a surprise. Great menu, authentic dishes and great prices. Try it, you will love it!!!

  • *****

    I make it a point to stop in here everytime I pass through the area. The food is simple but so flavorful. The service is quick and friendly. The people that work here don't speak spactacular english but they understand how to make a good meal and keep you coming back for more. On this visit I had the Lamb briyani, seasoned chunks of lamb cooked in curry mixed with basmati rice, bell pappers and onion. There was so much food I think I will have three meals just from the leftovers!!!

  • *****

    Good Indian food. Stayed in Gallup for a night and thought of having Indian. Found through Yelp and had an authentic North Indian.

  • *****

    We had a very satisfying lunch--buffet style. Curried chicken, 'butter' chicken, Beef meatballs, Garbanzo Beans, rice, and last but certainly not least, a deliciously spiced spinach dish. Each dish was authentically and individually spiced. The owner stated that the dishes came from the Punjabi Region of India.
    I must say that this food was very savory and satisfying. I felt filled much sooner that I expected, and I chose my servings sparingly. My husband also received fresh naan-two kinds. One was plain, the other with parsley and thinly sliced scallions, with butter. Both were served piping hot, aromatic, and delicious
    The restaurant is right off the highway. It was mid-afternoon when we were there. Three young men, all with East Indian accents, ate when we did.
    There was a wide screen TV playing a Bollywood feature (no subtitles).
    The environment was more than adequate, but surprisingly, had no Indian decor. Our servers were friendly, but their understanding of English was poor, and this discouraged conversation.

  • *****

    Fantastic authentic Indian Cuisine, very relaxed atmosphere, I've been coming here for 6 months and never been let down by the food or service

  • *****

    Food was delicious; manager was extremely friendly; our server was also friendly; food took awhile to get to the table, but once it arrived, it was so delicious. It is located inside a gas station, so it is a surprise, but food is tasty. There is a lot of Mexican food in Gallup, so we were happy to find another type of cuisine in Gallup that is super delicious. Definitely recommend this place!

  • *****

    Love this food. Only $10 for buffet lunch. Not a huge selection, but food is delicious and does not give me heartburn. Butter chicken is my favorite over rice. The nam is good too. Decor needs updating, but the people are great to us. And theres a big screen with some kind of Bollywood always playing so its fun! It's across the street from the Loves Truck Stop, I-40, exit 16, Gallup, NM. :)

  • *****

    The restaurant uses lots of spices so there is a noticeable odor when u walk into the building, that being said the food was very good. The buffet is kinda spartan not much choice however its quite tasty. I mostly had the chicken curry i dare say its almost perfect very tender and just the right amount of heat. There is even fresh roti on the buffet and even rice pudding and yogurt for dessert. Now for the best part it was only 10 bucks for all you can eat

  • *****

    Passing through West Gallup back in October who would figure stopping for gas at a truck stop we would find the best Indian food that I can remember ever having. I hope i get to pass that way again.

  • *****

    Huge portions and friendly service. A definite must when passing through Gallup. Not the typical gas station restaurant, but well worth the time spent off the road. The Nan is awesome!

  • *****

    I love the lunch buffet at this place. It's pretty much always the same selections but always really good. I have converted a few non-Indian food loving folks by taking them here. Service is ok, luckily it's a buffet.

  • *****

    Great food. I was here last week with my uncle and we stopped by to get food to go. It was a delicious buffet.

  • *****

    This place is an amazing find! The naan is perfect, we had garlic and regular. The chicken curries were awesome! If we ever come back through Gallup this is our stop!

  • *****

    We decided to fill up a gas and found this place. We had their lunch buffet for $10
    Pro: Excellent food. Try their butter chicken. Service is little slow but attentive. Naan is just so good i miss it already
    Con: slow in refilling their food. Ask and they will refill it. You have to ask!!!
    I definitely want to come back.

  • *****

    Good food, good service. Lamb gosht is wonderful. We lived in south India for 2.5 years, this is remarkably authentic for the USA.

    Chicken saagwala and the masala chai are also worthwhile.

  • *****

    I haven't had Indian food this good since Los Angeles.
    We ordered the Makhani shrimp, chicken Biryani, and Naan.
    Absolutely delicious! We will be back. And yes, watch the pricing of the food when you get to the register. Other than that, the food was worth the few nickels and dimes he added on at the register. My taste buds were satisfied to the max.

  • *****

    Food was great.... great flavors. We had the lamb curry and veggie kharma. One of the best Indian restaurants we have been to. The wait was longer than expected and service somewhat disorganized but the food made up for it.

  • *****

    Being a guru on Indian cuisine, I'll say that Bombay pumps out some great authentic Indian food.

    As with any restaurant, it'd be a better idea to order from the menu rather than take from the buffet in the interest of freshness. (Common sense)

    The tikka masala, lamb saag, & samosas were the bomb diggity. The owner is usually kind enough to offer chai tea while you wait for your food. Also there is a big screen TV on the diner counter top showing the latest bollywood films.

    So it's a small dose of Indian familial experience while waiting for or eating your food.

  • *****

    This place is the BOMB(ay). Don't run, but Gallup here.

    As a frequent patron of gas stations, I will assert that I have never been so pleasantly surprised by the restaurant within. Usually we rely on gas stations for car fuel, but this time we received a different kind of fuel in the form of delicious Indian food which fuels the mind, body and soul and spirit and tummy.

    This place is delicious and that's all you need to know!! But also- the staff is also very sweet, nice and also friendly.

    As for the food: The saag paneer is slammin as is the naan. It even comes in a cute lil basket.

    We loved watching the BollyWood vids on the TV, my boyfriend even did a cute dance while watching.

    Might have to call Guy Fieri and send him over to Bombay. For those of you who don't know: Guy is the host of the Food Network's popular television series Diners, Drive Ins and Dives, known as Triple D to true fans. Triple D is a food show hosted by Guy Fieri that travels around the country (America) in search of lil hole in da wall hot spots. The reason why I bring him up is because I feel that Bombay Grill is deserving of a visit from Guy Fieri (host of Triple D).

    This place is not only the dankest but also maybe the only restaurant in Gallup. We initially took this exit in search of Cafe Bistro. Much to our chagrin, CB was nowhere to be found. We circled the mile long strip of gas stations and businesses twice while looking for CB to no avail. We were disappointed, saddened and confused and upset, however it was not long before Bombay Grill saved the day. Luckily, we saw the sign and pulled right in and luckily it was open. Luckily when we got inside we were greeted by a friendly man with a beautiful smile and open arms. Luckily there was no wait and the atmosphere was festive.

    We will never forget our times there or the cute little basket full of naan. Ok gotta go call Guy (host of Triple D), to see if he wants to drop in.
    Bye!

  • *****

    Whenever we are in Gallup or passing through, we stop in at this restaurant. It is great! It may not look like the fanciest place but the food is tasty. You will NOT be disappointed.

  • *****

    The food is good and fresh they are helpful and courteous friendly $10.00 good buffet

  • *****

    Don't let the humble exterior fool you--this place has amazingly good Indian food. Had the Gosht Hyderabadi, garlic naan, and chicken curry. Everything was fantastic. If you're ever in Gallup, eat here. Outta that simple.

  • *****

    Love this place I was skeptical , but I fell in love. This one of my places that I will be stopping in in the future! Samosas were delicious.

  • *****

    Great Indian food right off I-40. Good buffet selection during lunch time. Good vegetarian and non-vegetarian food.

  • *****

    Wow! This place blew my expectations! We ate the buffet because we were on a time crunch but it was fantastic! Best naan I've had. On first glance you would be suspicious of the location but the food is what makes this stop worth it!!

  • *****

    Surprising location for solid Indian chow. At least until you take a moment to consider the ubiquity of Sikh truckers. Located in an aging truck stop on the fringes of Gallup, the place doesn't ooze American-chain-joint ambience. While this can be off-putting to many, in this case I highly recommend you press on and chow down. I have experienced expat Indian food widely in the UK and in the US and this place stands up to the best takeaway joint, although it falls short of some high end places, like my favorite place in the East Bay. We ordered a paneer veggie dish that was supposed to be hot, but I suspect they pulled some punches on account of our pasty Anglo complexions. The fellow who waited on us gave us some sweet, creamy chai while waited. Oh, and don't expect to score a Kingfisher with the meal or any alcohol at the convenience store. This is a Sikh joint, after all.

  • *****

    I have never tried indian food before but im glad to say its not bad at all. I had some lamb. The name of the establishment does take me back slightly, i had no clue it was indian food. Im in the mood for bombay grill agian i hope we past by soon.

  • *****

    Whoa! Ordered takeout while staying at the Hampton Inn West, and it was fantastic! So fresh, spicy, enormous portions and very nice service.

    We had lamb biryani (huge chunks, no gristle), saag paneer (the paneer was exceptional and saag flavorful), garlic naan (yes...), papad and chutney. All absolutely wonderful. Quite a surprise when just passing through town!

  • *****

    One of the best cuisine. The food taste good and they give us free Masala Chai :)
    Very recommended

  • *****

    If you're hungry while driving through Gallup, look no further than the exit 16 truck stop, my friend. You will find no finer Indian food on the Arizona/New Mexico Plateau. Large dishes. Complementary chai. Be insistent if you want it truly spicy. Enter through the convenience store.

  • *****

    Conveniently located right off 40 and connected to a gas station. Can't say anything about their buffet cuz we ordered food pretty late. They have a great vegetarian/vegan selection. Was told the vegetarian dishes didn't contain milk or butter unless requested or stated on the menu (butter), but ask to verify.
    Food came out rather quickly and was super tasteful!!

  • *****

    Excellent authentic Indian food! Ordered the Bahaar-E-Subz and it was amazing, super fresh and very tasty. The Shahi Murg Biryani was fantastic! And the garlic nan took me back to my time in southern India.

    The employee we spoke with was from Punjab and was super nice. We will definitely stop here again!

    Taking a cup of chai for the road too!

  • *****

    I have never eaten Indian food before eating a lot of Jamaican which uses Curry very very very impressed by the flavor and taste and quality of the food that I just ate excellent restaurant I would recommend it to anyone and especially if you have never eaten Indian food