Bombay Bustle – A passage to India
Inspired by traditional Indian tiffin tin carriers, who use Mumbai’s famed local railway to deliver home cooked meals across the city, Bombay Bustle is a richly atmospheric new Indian restaurant, just opened on Maddox Street, Mayfair.
Launched by Samyukta Nair and Rohit Ghai, Co-Founder and Executive Chef of Mayfair’s Michelin-starred Jamavar, the venue pays homage to the culture and people, whose expanse of origins from across India have influenced its culinary history.
Traditionally towered boxes brimming with food made in the homes of the working community, tiffins are transported to their intended recipient through a complex route of local trains, handcarts and bicycles. The path of each tin is carefully navigated by the tiffin carriers, with each being marked by an individual code – a carefully crafted system which has been at the centre of day to day life in Mumbai for decades.
Designed by Fabled Studio, the space reflects erstwhile Bombay’s train system, built as an offshoot of the first railway in British India, and vibrant art deco buildings juxtaposed with the organised chaos of modern Mumbai.
Split over two levels, the dining room on the ground floor features two areas. The first, inspired by an old first-class railway coach, houses a pewter dining bar, complemented with pale green leathers and a terrazzo and Marmoleum floor.
The second room draws on the strong art deco presence in the city, contrasting combinations of vibrant pink clay plaster walls with bottle green and candy pink leather upholstery, with tables that are marked with the legendary alpha-numeric markings, produced for the restaurant by the Nutan Mumbai Tiffin Box Suppliers Association.
Inspired by the retiring rooms seen at Indian railway stations, the lower ground floor is enveloped with brilliant-cut glass screens and a timber panelled ceiling, with a seated dessert bar and deep booths for larger groups.
Co-Founder Samyukta says: “Mumbai is a city built on traditions, filled by an endless influx of dreamers, working professionals, and those seeking their fame and fortune; a true melting pot. In one moment you can be in old world Bombay and the turn of a street corner will thrust you into an urban amalgamation.
“In this complex, bustling metropolis, the tiffin carriers are a constant, bridging the distance between work and home, between different cultures and diverse regional cuisines, with their near-clockwork precision, and we aim to bring the same ethos to London.”
Executive Chef Rohit Ghai added: “Bombay Bustle will capture the essence of Mumbai, our love of home comforts alongside our rapid pace of life, both existing side by side. The restaurant will be a place just as well suited to a leisurely dinner with friends as a quick lunch for one, always inspired by Mumbai’s diverse flavours, and home style cooking”
The menu includes some of Bombay’s most loved dishes alongside Rohit Ghai’s own family recipes, passed down by his mother.
Seasonal delights, inspired by Mumbai and the surrounding areas, include Misal pav topped with potato salli, Kolhapuri spiced spit roasted chicken, Seabass and scallop Tawa Pulao, along with Kerala style ishtew with idiyappam and a sweet double ka meetha with tutti fruity masala milk and almonds.
Reminiscent of Samyukta Nair’s schooldays, where lunch was delivered by the carriers, there will also be tiered tiffins. Each box will be presented to the table and unpacked to reveal curries, breads and rice ideal for quick a yet wholesome lunch.
Noble Russell and Bombay Bustle
Following their successful furnishing of the Michelin-starred Jamavar, Noble Russell was invited by interior designers Fabled Studio to provide bespoke furniture designed by the studio for Bombay Bustle – the exciting new restaurant from Samyukta Nair and Rohit Ghai, co-founder and executive chef at Jamavar.
The beautifully designed restaurant has three distinct areas which are split over two levels. The dining room on the ground floor features an area inspired by an old first-class Bombay railway coach. Noble Russell provided the soft pale green leather booth seating which features: patterned fabric backs; oak show wood frames which have been stained and lacquered; and low top dividing screens with reeded glass infills.
The second room on the ground floor has a distinct art deco feel with pink walls and cut glass lights – complemented by Noble Russell’s bespoke soft green leather banquettes with fluted back and patterned end panels.
The lower ground floor has been inspired by the retiring rooms seen at Indian railway stations and is enveloped with brilliant-cut glass screens and a timber-panelled ceiling. Here, Noble Russell provided the large sections of buttoned banquettes in a soft deep pink leather with show wood frames and antiqued brass feet, along with the bespoke beech dining chairs with leather seat pads and contrasting patterned fabric backs.
The Noble Russell tables, found throughout the restaurant, were developed with Fabled studio and feature Marmoleum table tops finished with aluminium edges. Each table is marked with the legendary alpha-numeric markings, produced by the Nutan Mumbai Tiffin Box Suppliers Association.
Once the bespoke furniture was completed in their workshops, Noble Russell’s expert team fitted the pieces in line with the restaurant’s tight schedule – ready for its opening at the end of November. The finished restaurant is already receiving rave reviews for its delicious food and bold interior design; Noble Russell was once again delighted to be involved in another project with Fabled Studio.
Tom Strother of Fabled Studio commented: “It was a delight to work with Noble Russell again on this exciting project. They really understand our complex requirements and are able to deliver to our exacting expectations!”
2017 marks the 25th anniversary year for Noble Russell, a contract furniture company specialising in the creation of exceptional products like those commissioned for Bombay Bustle. Noble Russell has dedicated themselves to 25 years of furniture design and production, providing customers with the highest quality bespoke products.
More information on Noble Russell can be found on their website: www.noblerussell.co.uk