On Saturday I arranged a girly catch up with my lovely mate Crez and a visit to Bwyta Bwyd Bombai in Cardiff was on the agenda. Bwyta Bwyd Bombai have recently celebrated their 1st Birthday in the capital and have gathered a strong following of people, who are seeking the tastes and flavours of true India. The venue is a tiny little boutique outlet, which packs a pinch of spice that delights and excites the senses, wrapped up with a warm welcome.
We had onion bajjia to start, which were light and crisp and not the round balls of soggyness which have been passed of as the authentic version in many an Indian restaurant and chippy. The authentic version are crisp, well seasoned, flat with a little spice and those gorgeous crispy tentacles accompanied by the fragrant and refreshing coriander chutney. The bajjia I had were just like I’ve had on the streets of Bombay in the Fort area time and time again.
We then moved on to sev puri, which are little flat disks of fried dough topped with spiced potato, tamarind, fresh herbs and sev – a fine gram flour noodle. The sev puri were a little delight, the only thing it missed was the heat of the Bombay weather on your neck as you chomp down on these delicious morels by the road side…there is nothing better that chaat.
We then moved on to dosa and sambar- the dosa was crisp and prepared in the correct way by grinding with a special stone grinder, then fermenting the rice and lentil batter and cooking on the tawa very thinly. The sambar was a very typical sambar that you would have in the restaurant of Matunga but as a massive fan of South Indian food I missed the addition of drumstick, the fragrant scent of fresh curry leaves and a heavy tang of tamarind, but that’s a regional difference between North and South Indian style of cooking but it still satisfied my soul.
The whole experience was wonderful and managed to transport me back to my most favourite city in India. The final picture in the story shows the star of the show …Sakshi a truly beautiful soul, who has an abundance of passion for her home cuisine and translates this marvellously in the dishes she prepares for her customers.
By accident this review has turned into an ad, however this food is awesome and I endorse it fully! To let a little Bollywood flare and fare to seduce your taste buds swing by 16 Castle St Arcade, Cardiff or drop by www.3bscafe.com for further details.
A massive thank you to my girl pal Crez, who is perched on the end of the photo with me.