Bombay Palace is one of the best (if not the best) Indian restaurants in Ao Nang, the most popular resort town in Krabi Province. Opened in 2007, and located on the Ao Nang’s southern road to Krabi Town at about 500m from the beach, it offers a great selection of authentic Indian dishes prepared with imported spices, as well as a good choice of Thai and Western favourites.
Featuring 16 tables (including two tables situated al fresco in front of the restaurant) set in a simple yet elegant décor, Bombay Palace is under Indian management, and most of its staff members are also Indian, therefore guaranteeing a high level of spoken English. The restaurant’s managers are discreetly hands-on, passing from table to table and paying attention to customers’ satisfaction without being too obsequious.
The atmosphere at Bombay Palace is casual and diners enjoy their food in a tranquil atmosphere despite the proximity of the main road. For sure, Bombay Palace is not exactly the best place for a romantic dinner, but it is peaceful enough to enjoy a great meal while chatting with friends. The décor is pretty basic but spotless, featuring basket chairs and wooden tables, white and red or violet table clothes, Thai and Indian illustrations on the walls, a large flat-screen television (the sound turned-off) and fairy lights, giving the place a fairground-like touch.
Wall fans all around the dining room help to keep things cool and at one side of the restaurant, a large poster shows photos of the most recommended dishes, so even people not used to Indian dishes’ names can see what to expect.
Bombay Palace has two menus: the first one is entirely dedicated to Indian cuisine, while the second one presents a long selection of Thai and international dishes. There’s no way that you could not find something for your taste here.
The Indian dishes (for vegans and carnivores alike) include starters like chicken samosa (150 baht) or vegetable samosa (110 baht); 13 types of Indian breads (tandoori roti – 30/35 baht, garlic naan – 70 baht, plain parantha – 60 baht, and much more); 23 vegetarian main courses including penner tikka masala (roasted cottage cheese with thick curry sauce – 190 baht) or dahl makhani (lentils and kidney beans cooked in butter – 150 baht); plus chicken, lamb, Indian seafood specialties such as prawn Madras (prawn cooked in mild spicy thick red curry sauce – 290 baht) or lamb sagwala (tender pieces of lamb cooked with fresh spinach and spices – 340 baht); and much more. The food quality at Bombay Palace is exceptional: just close your eyes and you could be in India. When ordering, the waiter will ask what degree of spiciness you would like your dish to be… a good move indeed.
The second menu is more classic, and features a good choice of Thai dishes (tom yam seafood – 170 baht, fried chicken with cashew nuts – 120 baht for instance), sandwiches (vegetable – 100 baht, club sandwich 170 baht), pizzas (margarita - 200 baht, Hawaiian – 230 baht) and pastas (Bolognese – 200 baht, Neapolitan – 180 baht).
The drinks list presents all the classic beverages such as beers, liquors, cocktails and soft drinks but if you would like to complete the Indian experience, try out a glass of lassi, a traditional and popular yogurt-based drink (60/80 baht).
Bombay Palace Indian Restaurant
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00 daily
- Location: 500m from Ao Nang Beach on the right-hand side of the southern road to Krabi Town (opposite Siam Commercial Bank)
- Remarks: free Wi-Fi. All prices mentioned in this page are of February 2014
- Tel: 086 9523829 or 080 5514396