Searching for a Slice: Bombay Pizza Co.

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Photos by Christina Uticone
This looks suspiciously like a regular pepperoni pie. (Because it is.)
I've been hesitant to try the Bombay Pizza Co. (914 Main St.) in spite of some of the amazing reviews it's gotten. I love pizza, and I love the flavors of Indian food, but as I've written in the past, I just like a regular old pie: crust, sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. So even though I like the occasional funkified slice of something different, usually when I want pizza I want standard fare. And Bombay Pizza Co. definitely doesn't qualify as "standard fare." For all of my initial resistance, I finally had to give in to my growing curiosity and see what they had to offer.

My husband came along and we made quick work of ordering. After a brief scan of the display case we settled on one slice of pepperoni ($4.50) and a slice each ($5) of the veggie slice of the Day (eggplant, zucchini, green peppers, black olives) and non-veg slice of the day (Canadian bacon, pineapple, tandoori chicken). One slice equals one-quarter of a 16-inch pizza, so it is pricey but the portions are generous.

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Fontina cheese added weight, and a nice gooey-ness, to the veggie slice of the day.
We had already been impressed with the thinness of the crusts on the pies we saw in the display case, and up close the thinness was puzzling: How would the slices hold up under the generous toppings?

Unfortunately, I had to go all Donald Trump on my first slice--the heavily loaded Veggie Slice of the Day--and use a knife and fork. Once I'd worked my way about halfway up from the point, the slice was easy to manually maneuver; I didn't need utensils for the other two slices and was able to make a proper mess of myself and the table.

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The big winner: tandoori/Hawaiian pizza. Big love.
I'm pleasantly surprised to find myself a Bombay Pizza Co. fan, and even more surprised that my favorite slice wasn't the pepperoni (good, not great), but the tandoori chicken/Hawaiian hybrid. My only complaint about the tandoori/Hawaiian was that my slice didn't contain quite enough Tandoori chicken, so I only got the full effects of the spicy tandoori, salty Canadian ham and sweet pineapple in a few bites from the middle--but those few bites made me hungry for more Bombay Indian fusion stylings. The crust is really interesting: not as crispy under the toppings, but the end-crust is very crunchy, with a pleasant sesame finish that lingers.

I'm on a mission to return and dive more deeply into the flavors with a heavier Indian influence. Something tells me that's where the magic happens at Bombay Pizza Co.



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Bombay Pizza Co.

914 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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JarrodJM
JarrodJM

Also, next time you go, order a whole pizza. Pizza by the slice at these places typically has been sitting out for awhile. Also, Bombay Pizza occasionally has veggie curry specials for lunch. It is amazing.

Bruce R
Bruce R

At a good pizza place, the pizza by the slice is sometimes better than a pie fresh out of the oven.

db
db

Impossible.  Pizza by the slice can never be as good as a whole pie straight out of the oven (unless, of course, you luck out and get a piece from a pie straight out of the oven).  I'm honestly curious - why do you believe that slices are better?

db
db

I can see your point.  A whole pizza only produces a couple optimum slices - then you may be left with the soggies.  I totally agree that the way to heat up pizza at home is in a plain frying pan.  Cover the pan if it is a thicker pizza.  I sometimes throw slices on the gas grill outside.  Whatever you do, don't zap it it in the microwave, people!

Bruce R
Bruce R

Consider your usual 16" NY style pizza.  If the pizza is delivered or carried out then you lose.  The bottom crust will be soft and the pizza will be flaccid after being steamed in the box.  Suppose you dine in.  The same 16" pizza will probably be served on an aluminum pan.  By the time the pizza cools to an edible temperature the bottom crust will have lost its crunch, even if you frantically try to rescue a few slices by putting them on paper plates.  Now suppose they cook a pizza, let it cool, then reheat a slice for about 2 minutes in the pizza oven.  You are left with a bottom crust that is crisp, and the cheese on top isn't too hot to eat. Perfect.

That is why pizza-by-the-slice can taste better than a fresh pie out of the oven.  All bets are off if you're talking about pizza other than NY style.  But I'd wager that NY style is the most common style that is served by the slice.

The next time you have a NY style pizza at home, let a slice cool.  Then heat up a frying pan (no oil or anything) and heat the slice until the crust crisps up a bit.  The pizza will be better than the original.

Hugh Ramsey
Hugh Ramsey

I was pleasantly surprised by the (massive) by the slice setup at Russos coal fired.

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

I usually prefer a whole pie, but I wanted to sample a lot. Thanks for the heads up on the veggie curry!

Kylejack
Kylejack

Everybody needs to try the Saag Paneer Pizza before writing off Bombay Pizza.  It is definitely the gem in their crown.  They will also add extra spices to any pizza.  Saag Paneer extra-spicy is the nuts.

The non-pizza dishes are also quite good, the lasagna and the Bombay Chicken in particular.  And kati rolls, especially the sweet potato one.

JB
JB

The Saag Paneer pizza is fantastic, and the Gateway to India is the best showcase pie for what they're trying to do, but their Margherita pie is perfect.

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

I really want to go back to try some of the non-pizza menu. It all looks promising.

Fflpew
Fflpew

Want pepperoni?Calabrese at Dolce Vita.Shoot. Holes. Through. Tongue. Bang. 

She's Electric
She's Electric

The saag paneer pizza. It. Is. Ridiculous.

Needs more paneer, though.

Stacy Zane
Stacy Zane

I love the saag paneer pizza at Queen Vic. It is to die for!

Laurie
Laurie

Agreed. My only problem at the Vic- no parking ever.

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