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Hello, Bolly!

As you walk in the door of Bollywood Bistro in Pleasantville, you can walk to the left into an Indian emporium filled with Saris, festive garb and trinkets; or you can venture to the right, directly into the restaurant.  Yes, the restaurant has a gift shop – – and colorful it is.

The decor of Bollywood is muted tones along with formerly natural brick walls sponge painted an auraucana blue.  Other walls are decorated with collage-esque posters of famous Indian films. 

Daily buffets (Tuesday through Friday) are offered in addition to a Saturday/Sunday brunch followed by a Sunday full dinner menu.  Buffet guests are also provided with a complimentary glass of wine (chablis or burgundy) or soda.

Choices are broken down into several categories:  soups, salads, sides, appetizers, breads, chicken, lamb, seafood, vindaloo (extra spicy), vegetables, and a small desert selection.  For the children with delicate palates, there are chicken fingers, mac & cheese, and fries thus freeing you to set your own tongue to tingle.

The spinach soup is lightly spiced with cardamom and nutmeg, yet needed salt.  Spiced cucumbers were cool on the tongue with the creamy raitha.  Should you want to pick up the heat, just use their hot and spicy mixed vegetable/mango pickles.

If you choose the buffet option, a plate of sizzling Tandoori Chicken comes out of the kitchen accompanied by a basket of Naan.  The Naan, although the right consistency, lacks the touch of brushed ghee, which attracts me to the bread in the first place.  The chicken was just ok, and not overly flavorful   – – yet is a good foil for some of the interesting chutneys they offer such as tamarind, mango, or even a simple squeeze of fresh lemon. 

Shrimp Kankani arrived with a delicious sauce of roasted tomato seasoned with mustard seeds and curry leaves.  Disappointing was the size of the shrimp.  They were about one-half the size of one’s thumb and were overcooked – – tough.

A recommendation is the Cashew and Rasin Chicken Korma.  The boneless chicken cubes were very tender and soaked up the aromatic sauce of coconut milk, mustard seeds, and roasted spices.

I would stay away from the Bhuna Gosht (boneless lamb), whose gravy was of a very earthy flavor, and overwhelmed lamb’s usually delicate flavor.  The lamb itself was tough and stringy.  It could have benefited from a good braise to further breakdown and become tender.

The dining space is small, a bit cozy, and the selection of Indian music is modern/hip, yet doesn’t offend.  Prices are moderate. The service is quite attentive.

This restaurant needs to tighten up the varied results of their dishes.  Some are spot-on, others fail to impress.

Bollywood Bistro

68 Wheeler Avenue

Pleasantville, NY  10570


Hours: Tues – Sat. Lunch 11:30 – 2:30

Dinner: 5pm – 10pm

Sun. Brunch 12pm – 3pm

Sun. Dinner 5pm – 9pm

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