Bombay Bazar's New Location Now Serves Lunch and Snacks
|Bombay Bazar's lunch plate, $5.95.|
However, a few months later, the shelves of spices and household supplies are restocked, the scoops are back, and the owners have set up a small kitchen in back. During the day, they're preparing chaat -- snacks like samosas with chickpeas and bhel puri, aka puffed-rice salad -- and a $5.95 lunch special, which you can eat at tiny, shiny tables surrounded by bags of cumin. (Additional chaat such as pav bhaji, a sort of vegetable curry slider, are available on weekends.)
The food wasn't quite up to the standards of Vik's lunch plates, but it was lighter and fresher than the ghee-drenched North Indian curries that lurk in the steam tables of San Francisco's Indian buffets. The rich incense -- smelling like a field of flowers stuffed into a 10-by-20-foot room -- seeped into our clothes as we ate, leaving us perfumed for the return to work. This time, we passed up the packets of fresh curry leaves and cardamom ice cream, but at least we know where to get them should the need hit.
Bombay Bazar: 245 South Van Ness (at Division), 864-2193.