Green dots indicate Gluten-free. Easy!
I had looked in the window longingly a couple of times. I had tried to eat there on numerous occasions, but always ran into some obstacle. So I was happy when my college friend Scott who's an airline pilot e-mailed to say he'd be in town this last Tuesday. Given Mumbai Bistro's proximity to the historic district where Scott was going to spend his afternoon, we decided that we'd give it a try.
We arrived at 5:40 for a fashionably early dinner. The place is small -- maybe 10 tables -- and clean and uncluttered. It would not be a great destination for a date, since it's a plastic plate and flatware, "go through the buffet and get your food weighed" sort of affair (though you can order from the menu, though the buffet had such a good selection that doing so wouldn't make a lot of sense unless you were absolutely set on Chana Masala and it didn't happen to be on the buffet that day.) Other Indian buffets I have been to are all-you-can-eat, and I have to confess that I usually do more-than-I-should-eat and feel rather full and gross for the rest of the day. Since Mumbai Bistro charges $4.95 a pound for the buffet, and since I'm a thrifty sort of gal, I used moderation when dishing up the many gluten-free vegetarian offerings. My dinner, pictured below, weighed $5.17 worth, and was PLENTY of food, though if I could have gone back for seconds for free, I would have, keeping my track record of overeating at Indian Buffets intact.
Scott, a carnivore, said he also enjoyed his meal. He inhaled it actually. Ah, harmony among the culinarily diverse!
Mumbai Bistro, 930 Locust Street. A definite must. They are closed on Mondays.