Takeaway: Bolly Buds

4 May

We recently had relatively new new Indian restaurant Bolly Buds for takeaway, and the experience was good. Quite simply, and quite obviously, there’s nothing better than a good experience to make you order from the restaurant again.

We order online, from the Menu Log website. It’s a fairly simple process. Some time later, we get a text message saying that ‘Sam’ in the store has confirmed the order, and that it’s ready to pick up in 40 minutes time (! seems extreme) from their restaurant at the bottom of the Oracle complex on Benjamin Way in Belconnen.

Here’s the damage:

Whose little head is in the background? :)

Whose little head is in the background? 🙂

Cucumber raita

Cucumber raita

The cucumber raita ($3.50) is … well, see for yourself. It’s fluro green. There aren’t chunks of cucumber – it’s grated – but I’m still not quite sure how the fluro has been achieved. I don’t think it’s particularly good.



We don’t order a salad, but a token effort comes in the takeaway bag regardless. Did they think our choices weren’t healthy enough?

Chicken tikka

Chicken tikka

The entree chicken tikka ($11.90) is yum. Really, really good. Probably the best dish we order. It’s flavoursome, the chicken is moist, it’s a touch burnt from the tandoor. Perfect. It’s also a big dish for an $11.90 entree.

Butter chicken

Butter chicken

The butter chicken ($16.90) is tasty, but really, really sweet. I can’t quite work out what’s in it that’s making it so sweet, but it’s more sugar chicken than butter chicken.

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It also has really, really big pieces of chicken.

Paneer Makhani

Paneer Makhani

You’d be forgiven for thinking the photos of the butter chicken and paneer makhani ($14.90) are the same photo. They’re not. I promise. You can just see the green of the small pieces of capsicum. The gravy is great, but the paneer is bland and chewy, and the capsicum detracts from the dish. I wouldn’t get this again.

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The rice ($2.90) and garlic naan ($3.90 each) are what you’d expect. The garlic naan’s freshness doesn’t last through a quick reheat in the microwave, but on reflection I did put it in for a minute, so it’s my own fault 🙂

Bolly Buds is a good value Indian restaurant, which uses good quality ingredients. The butter chicken is a miss for me this time with the sweetness of the gravy, and while the gravy works for the paneer malkhani, the paneer itself is blah. The chicken tikka is a huge plus. We’ll order takeaway from Bolly Buds again, but I know what not to get. The only exception is the butter chicken – while this time was weird, I’ll risk getting it again, simply because I know they can do better than that.

Date: Saturday, 4 May 2013

Cost: ~$54 for two

Worthwhile factor: Worthwhile (just)

Want more? Here’s the menu courtesy of blogger Yummy Lummy. He also reviewed Bolly Buds last year.

Bolly Buds on Urbanspoon


9 Responses to “Takeaway: Bolly Buds”

  1. Gary Lum May 5, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    Great post Tara. I reckon it’s a place for an emergency meal or if a hoard of unexpected guests arrive and you need volume at a reasonable price. Nice to see your special friend in the top photo 🙂

  2. Bells May 6, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    The cucumber raita has me stumped. Really stumped. I make it a lot and it never looks like that!
    We live in belconnen – had not heard of this. Will have to try it.

    • inthetaratory May 9, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

      Let me know what you think when you do – will be curious if the raita remains bright green (I swear it wasn’t that colour the first time we got takeaway from there…).

  3. Jayne May 9, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    Take away here as opposed to back home (UK) seems SO expensive!

    • inthetaratory May 9, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

      It really is! When you drop $50 for two for a meal I reckon it’s got to be worth it :\

  4. Mel McAlister May 9, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    The butter chicken looks and sounds (very sweet) like the one you can buy from the Coles range of ready to eat Indian – which is not bad for supermarket grub but I’d be disappointed if I got it from a restaurant!

    We still drive back across the lake to get the Tandoori platter from Taj Agra Belco

    • inthetaratory May 9, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

      Taj Agra Belco is definitely a ‘go to’ for me – I can see why you’d drive back for it! 🙂 I’d always thought Indian was pretty consistent, but recent experiences have taught me better!


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