Bundobust has been on my ‘to visit’ list when it comes to restaurants in Liverpool for a little while now. As a lover of Indian cuisine, I’d been meaning to try it out but had never managed to pop in. Last month I finally got a chance to try it so I thought why not share the experience on here as well.
Bundobust, First Floor, 17-19 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4DN
With locations in Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds, Bundobust is an Indian street food restaurant that focuses on completely vegetarian dishes. Bringing together great food and craft beer, Bundobust marks sustainability as a key part of what they do as a brand. All of their beers are brewed on a small scale, their entire menu is vegetarian (and almost every dish can be made vegan) and they serve their food in pots made from completely compostable reclaimed sugarcane.
What I Ordered…
Scanning through the menu, there were so many dishes that caught my eye. But I ended up settling on three of them.
Crispy onion, kale, and broccoli bhajis spiked with fennel & chilli. Tamarind & red pepper chutney.
I hadn’t had bhajis in such a long time and my memory of them was that they’re often quite greasy. But when you find a good bhaji it’s REALLY good so I decided to see what Bundobust had to offer when it came to their take on them. I was definitely pleased when they arrived. There was nothing greasy about them at all!
Broken samosa pastry and puffed rice with peas, onion, pomegranate, and tomato in tamarind chutney.
Next up was their bhel puri which was a sweet-spicy dish made from crunchy samosa pastry and puffed rice. I’d never had anything like it before! It definitely had a ‘street food’ feel to it and was something that I could see myself eating as a snack or as a side dish. It actually reminded me a lot of a salad despite the fact that it didn’t have any leaves in it.
Okra in crisp chickpea batter, dusted with black salt & mango powder.
To finish, we got the okra fries as a little extra sharing dish and I’m so glad that we did because they were incredible. They were just one of those dishes that was so moreish. But what I loved so much about the dish was that it didn’t leave me feeling super full like a classic portion of fries does. Similar to the bhajis I was worried that the fries might turn out a bit too greasy. I find that that’s usually the case with fried food. But once again I couldn’t fault them as they still had a bite to them on the outside. Even with the softer texture of the okra on the inside as well.
And to top off the three dishes I went with one of my all time favourite drinks, a mango lassi. My drink order of choice whenever I eat out at any sort of Indian restaurant will forever be a mango lassi. For anyone that isn’t familiar with it, its basically an Indian yoghurt drink made with mango. You can get lassi’s in a variety of different flavours but, as mango is one of my favourite fruits, I always go for that.
You’ll often find lassi’s on most Indian restaurant menus. I remember once in one of my local curry houses, they weren’t on the menu but I went ahead and asked if it was something that they would be able to do. The staff sounded so thrilled that someone wanted one (even though it wasn’t on the menu) and said that it was something that they would be happy to make for me. So it’s always worth asking even if they aren’t on the menu. And if you haven’t tried one before then seriously get on it ASAP!!
Overall I had such a great experience testing out a few of the dishes at Bundobust. I’ve already picked out a few other dishes that I want to try so I’ll definitely be heading back to try them out soon. Have you been to any of the Bundobust restaurants yet? What was your experience like?
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