All-You-Can-Eat without the Buffet
St. Ann, MO/December 21, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) – The name Bombay Food Junkies has become familiar to St. Louis diners as the food truck offering Indian street food. When Sid and Krupa Panchal began their food truck business in 2013, it was the very first food truck in the St. Louis area offering Indian food. Since then it’s become a popular stop at food truck-friendly festivals around town. This time of year, it’s usually parked near BJC Hospital around lunchtime on Wednesdays and Fridays. Fans of the food truck may be happy to learn that some of their favorite Indian food can be found in the Bombay Food Junkies “All You Can Eat Dinner” restaurant at 3580 Adie Road in St. Ann.
For most people, the words “all you can eat” conjure up images of buffets brimming with tasty, calorie-laden food behind a plastic sneeze guard. It also conjures images of overindulgence and the heartburn that sometimes follows. Bombay Food Junkies’ restaurant is different. It’s all you can eat, but without the buffet line or the unhealthy side effects. For the Panchal’s, the idea was to let people who’ve never had Indian street food sample the whole menu before committing to ordering something they’ve never heard of. Krupa Panchal says that like the food truck menu, Bombay’s dinner is exactly what street food is all about: sweet, spicy, savory and fresh.
The dinner at Bombay comes in three courses featuring multiple items in each—small portions of mouthwatering Bombay street food items like Bombay Chaats, Vada Pav, Pav Bhaji, Frankie wraps, Indo-Chinese dishes and much more. Diners can try them all and then ask for more of the things they like best. The meal begins with the soup of the day. There are usually three chaat items on the menu. Chaats are authentic street eats that are usually eaten with hands. The Samosas are a customer favorite. They are golden fried pastries stuffed with potatoes, peas, and carrots and served with spicy, tangy chutneys.
The second course generally features an assortment of Indo-Chinese dishes like manchurian (a light, fluffy vegetable fritter), fried rice, and curried noodles. That’s followed by a third course that generally feature items made with bread, which the Pancha’s bake fresh daily. Some customer favorites include the vada pav (Bombay burger), pav bhaji (thick, vegetable curry or stew served with a soft roll), and their famous roti wraps (flatbread filled with savory stews or cheese). The three-course meal is followed by a serving dessert.
They also have a special kids menu offering smaller portions, and all of their menu items can be made vegan. Most dishes are also available with gluten-free alternatives. Just ask before ordering. Bombay Food Junkies is also the only place in St. Louis where you can get a Sirabella cheesecake. In keeping with the restaurant’s theme, it’s both vegetarian and delicious. In fact, the New York style cheesecake is 100-percent vegan, dairy free and egg free. Whole cheesecakes (feeds 12-14) can be ordered through the Bombay Food Junkies website ($34.99). Arrangements can be made for pickup at the restaurant Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, or from the food truck.
This really is a restaurant you can feel good about. From the healthy, vegetarian fare, to the friendly hospitality of the owner, it’s a great dining adventure. And both Bombay Food Junkies’ brick and mortar restaurant and their food truck are 4-star Green Dining Alliance certified, meaning they embrace enhanced sustainable practices. At Bombay that means locally sourced ingredients and dinnerware that’s reusable, compostable, or recyclable.
Bombay Food Junkies restaurant is only open three days each week, offering their All You Can Eat Dinner on Fridays 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. They’ll be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but they’re open during their regular hours all of New Year’s’ weekend. To find their food truck, check their website.
Bombay Food Junkies
Owners: Sid and Krupa Panchal
3580 Adie Road
St. Ann, MO 63074
Phone: (573) 578-6583
Picture courtesy of Discover Missouri S&T
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