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Bollywood Express

32 Galle Road, Bambalapitiya, Colombo 4

Bollywood Express is a decent Indian restaurant on Galle Road in Bambalapitiya. While the food isn't quite as tasty as nearby Elite, it's good enough, the place is quiet, and the service is good.

Bollywood Express is a decent enough Indian restaurant on Galle Road in Bambalapitiya. We went around lunchtime and had, can you guess what? That’s right, the chicken biryani. While it wasn’t quite as good as the biryani at Elite Indian Restaurant, it was pretty good; tasty rice, tender chicken, and all nicely presented. It was marginally more expensive than the biryani at Elite though (Elite 280 Rs vs. Bollywood 325 Rs). In addition to biryani, they offer a range of other Indian dishes, though I can’t vouch for these as I haven’t tried them yet. It seemed they had all the things you’d expect to see on a mid-range Indian restaurant menu though.

Price–wise, vegetarian dishes, biryani, wraps, tandoor breads , starters, and other accompaniments were all between 200-400 Rs  apart from a couple. Non-veg mains are mostly between 600 – 800 Rs (note that all these prices are, as is annoyingly the case with many places here, subject to added tax and service charge).

The place is a tiny bit trashy, mainly owing to the larger than life photo portraits of Bollywood actors and actresses plastered to the windows, but clean and fairly chilled-out, a surprise given that it’s front door opens straight onto Galle Road. The service was good, though the place pretty quiet and our order was easy enough, so it may have been different on a busy evening with a larger order.


If you’re in Bambalapitiya around lunchtime and fancy Indian food, I say head for this place rather than Elite. The food isn’t quite as tasty but is still tasty enough, and slightly fewer customers and more attentive waiting staff means waiting a shorter time for your food.


32 Galle Road, Bambalapitiya, Colombo 4



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