Liverpool is full of hidden gems, and I’m guilty of never making time to visit them all and going for the easier option of sticking to old favourites. But when Bundobust Liverpool opened, serving up meat free Indian street food from its bright and breezy tardis above bustling Bold Street, I knew I’d have to make an exception.
Me and my favourite Scouse blogger Scarlet Wonderland and her gorgeous baby girl met for a mate date one dreary afternoon, in the kind of weather that makes your back sweat and hair frizz, and you can’t tell whether you need a coat or not but either way you’ll end up regretting your decision. I was late, she was busy trying not to let her pram wheels fall off this time, and we were both in need of a chilled out lunch and a good catch up.
The good news for Scarlet (and our backs) was that there’s a lift up to the first floor where Bundobust Liverpool is situated, and once inside we had plenty of space to park the pram and relax. It really is a hidden gem, with plenty of long tables for big groups, and the air conditioning makes it the perfect lunchtime escape on muggy days.
We ordered a sharing tray, which is the best thing to do for people who haven’t got a clue what they’re doing, or would rather spend their time chatting than labouring over a menu. And even though the dishes looked small when they arrived, the whole thing was very deceptive and we didn’t managed to finish it all even though one of the ‘we’ was me.
Forget what you’re used to in your favourite curry house, this is street food Desi style – paneer and mushroom on skewers, okra fingers, pots of tasty chaat, hot and cold dishes, all tasty, all moreish. And all, unusually for me, meat free.
If there’s one thing that’ll make me want to visit a restaurant again and again it’s usually a meat dish, but Bundobust Liverpool must have made a suitable impression on me because I can’t stop thinking about their Bundo Chaata – layers of samosa pastry with chickpeas, potato, tamarind chutney, yoghurt, onion, turmeric noodles & chilli sauce. Order it as part of sharing selection – you won’t regret it!
Make the most of Bundobust Liverpool’s almost secret location on your lunch break, after work with friends, or to take a weight off during a shopping trip. Located at 17-19 Bold Street in between Cycle Republic bike shop and Greggs the bakers.