It’s notoriously difficult to find a restaurant that serves South Indian cuisine specifically, with most Indian and South Asian restaurants in the UK attempting to capture as much custom by offering, at best, a comprehensive menu of subcontinental delicacies or, at worst, an unfocused menu whose scope is so large that it’s unlikely that all on it could possibly be prepared with the care and attention that such food deserves. Thankfully, for those living in Cheltenham and Montpellier, Bhoomi enters the fray with an exquisite South Indian offering served up in elegant premises along Suffolk Road. The name Bhoomi is Malayalam for ‘earth’, and indeed the dishes on offer are in sway to the seasons and cycles of nature. Whether for casual or private dining, this specialist restaurant deserves a reservation.
Please see below for important information about dining at Bhoomi.
- Monday Closed
- Tuesday 18:00 - 21:45
- Wednesday 18:00 - 21:45
- Thursday 18:00 - 21:45
- Friday 12:00 - 13:30, 18:00 - 21:45
- Saturday 12:00 - 13:30, 18:00 - 21:45
- Sunday 12:00 - 13:30, 18:00 - 21:45
Perhaps one of the best ways to become familiar with Bhoomi’s focused South Indian cuisine is to book the Tour of Bhoomi, a five-course tasting menu showcasing the peerless skill at work in this Suffolk Road kitchen. Using locally-sourced ingredients, Bhoomi’s masterful chefs are able to offer up a culinary journey making stops at dishes like the kala, twenty four-hour marinated and roasted Scottish salmon with mango chilli chutney, duck samosas made using Gressingham duck and spices and served with minted chutney and aubergine mash, lamb Chettinad prepared using Welsh lamb with a coconut, tomato and chilli reduction, classic butter chicken with naan, and, for dessert, the saffron-infused gulab jamon dumplings with raspberry coulis and vanilla ice cream. Truly a way to transport yourself far from Cheltenham and Montpellier!
Naturally, Bhoomi offers refined a la carte dining for lunch and dinner, too. With the option of a two- or three-course lunchtime deal that allows you to sample South Indian delicacies like the Mysore dosa and the lamb curry with appam. Dinner at this popular Montpellier Indian restaurant continues the theme, with scallops in a Malabari style, rasam seafood soup and chaat to begin, with Goan pork, sea bass moilee, king prawn chemmeen to follow. Again making its mark when compared with many run of the mill curry houses in Cheltenham, Bhoomi has a very robust list of traditional South Indian sweets for dessert. Once you’ve got to know Bhoomi’s superior offering, why not book their luxurious and intimate private dining room when you need to impress a colleague or celebrate with fine Indian food.
Bhoomi restaurant policies
Bhoomi is not recommended for children or babies.
Bhoomi does not enforce a strict dress code but does however encourage smart-casual dress and asks guests to refrain from wearing shorts and flip-fiops.
The car park is five minutes from the restaurant. Guests can find on-street parking along most of the side-streets surrounding the restaurant during the evening and for two hours during the day.
Groups of more than six guests are asked to contact the restaurant directly.
This restaurant is fast becoming our favourite in Cheltenham. The whole experience is top class and makes for a perfect evening. The new wine waiter delivers a really enjoyable wine flight with spot on matches with the food
Excellent fine dining Indian style .... such a friendly place with quality food that is beautifully presented & extremely tasty. Quality personal service makes this restaurants a fantastic experience.
A lovely evening, the waiters were really attentive and answered any questions. The food was really good, a surprise extra little course from the kitchen was amazing. We even got a dessert to celebrate our anniversary - lovely touch and remembered. Loved it and will certainly be returning
The service was excellent and the food was quite delicious. The atmosphere is classy and the restaurant spacious; the whole evening was a real treat.
There is an ongoing debate on what is 'fine dining' in a south Asian context. This is the market that Bhoomi wants to hit. As someone who likes to eat out and eat good food, I find this debate a problem. I like to eat in good restaurants and I like south Asian food, but I have yet to be convinced that they go together. My wife and I have eaten at The Curry Corner in Cheltenham which also wants to be in this category. We were not convinced by that establishment and not sure I am convinced by Bhoomi. This is not to say the food was not very tasty and that we did not enjoy the evening - it was Valentine's Day - but put it into context with price of the meal - £87.50 plus tip and I only had one beer and my wife two glasses of wine. The starters were very good - scallops Malabar and the chili paneer. The former had subtle spicing which was appropriate, while the latter was a bit more fiery and it worked well with the basically bland Indian cheese. My wife's main course was also very good - butter chicken - but mine was problematic. I don't eat red meat or chicken, so my choice was sea bream vs lobster + big prawns. I chose the latter which was pricey at £22.50. As East Coast American born, I love lobster and it is not very expensive, particularly in New England. The dish was very tasty which was the problem - the lobster was totally masked, while the prawns were not quite so. The high price was not warranted because it was only the lobster that caused the price to be that high and it might as well not been there. So this is the dilemma. I think that Bhoomi does not really compare with a very good western/European restaurant, for example Purslane in Cheltenham, and thus the price is too high. If what you want is a South Asian meal with a more refined atmosphere than other local 'Indians', such as The Brasserie or The India Lounge, then go for it. I would prefer the others at half the price. As Americans say, you pays your money and you take your pick.
I have only good things to say about Bhoomi. As you arrive the decor and ambience are fabulous, the service is utterly charming but still efficient and friendly and the food is superb. We were a party of 4 with one member having a serious chilli allergy, Bhoomi allowed 3 of us have the tasting menu and catered separately for our person with the allergy. They could not have made her feel more included, she was delighted. If you love Pritvi you will love Bhoomi!
Our booking was at 6.00pm just as the restaurant opened for the evening and unsurprisingly we were the only people there. It did begin to fill up at as our meal progressed. We chose the tasting menu but asked to change one course and this request was accommodated with no problem. The service was attentive without being overbearing and the food was of a very good standard and all the courses complemented each other pretty well. At £39 per head it was bit expensive but as there were no problems we did not feel hard done by. My only gripe is that the room was very dark and as I am profoundly deaf and need to be able to see to lip read asked for the lights to be turned up. This was done albeit a bit reluctantly so it was ok. Whether my request would have been accepted had the restaurant been very busy I am not sure. I get very frustrated with dark restaurants which has become a bit of a trend, as well as not being able to hear properly, I have always considered food at this level to be a visual experience as well as a taste experience.
Booked Bhoomi for my partner's birthday. Called a week prior to booking as my partner has a dairy allergy, to ensure there was plenty on the menu. Upon arriving the staff took our coats, showed us to our table and remembered the dairy issue, talking us through the menu options. The food was superb, with unexpected extras along the way, and the staff incredibly friendly and helpful. A great experience and would definitely recommend - a class above your average restaurant.
First visit to Bhoomi's and it won't be the last. There was a lovely feel to the place......it's classy but manages to pull off the tricky balance in catering for both the more formal and informal evening out. The food was fantastic and I'm sure other people have provided detailed reviews so would want to just give a huge thumbs up to the staff who were not only attentive, but a delight to chat with.
Bhoomi boasts a very elegant interior with sumptuous colours and comfortable seating. The tables are well spaced so one doesn't feel cramped as in other restaurants. The South Indian menu is by no means expansive, but all the better for it - particular stand-outs are the masala dosa and goan pork curry. The service is excellent - attentive but not intrusive. Highly recommended.
The food was delicious, especially the yogurt and savoury doughnut amuse bouche and the butter chicken of which they did a vegetarian version for me. The service was impeccable. They brought out an additional birthday desert with candle for my boyfriend which was very thoughtful and tasted amazing! One course was a little too spicy for my liking and I would have preferred a chocolate desert similar to one I had in the sister restaurant Prithvi but this is of course personal taste and my boyfriend found the spice level to be perfect. The drinks are very reasonably priced considering this is a high end restaurant. The decor is very classy and intimate. We will definitely return for another taster menu.
This was our first visit. We were greeted promptly and warmly. The décor was dramatic and stunning. The food was exceptional. The waitress explained each dish as it was served. We liked the thoughtful and free unexpected "extras" e.g. an "amuse bouche" in a mini jam far, the small plate of delicious smoked paneer for one of our guests who didn't want a starter so she wouldn't feel left out, the little tray of beautiful chocolate and coconut bon bons served with one cup of coffee but enough for us all! A somewhat expensive meal but well worth it and ideal for a special occasion! PS they do a very good two course set lunch
Fantastic service I have been to Le Gavroche London and I rate the service at Bhoomi very similar. We took the tasting menu with wine and the pairings were perfect. Food is delicate and presented with attention to detail. Equally there were other courses reasonably priced which others diners appeared to be enjoying .
Bhoomi is for the sophisticated palate. Delightful food, beautifully presented, combined with outstanding and charming service, makes a memorable experience. I have a couple of food allergies and everything was done to ensure that I did not miss out on anything and to make me feel comfortable.
This is the third time we've been to Bhoomi and as ever the food and service is exceptional. A true Indian Fine Dining experience. The menu is carefully thought out and staff are able to advise and recommend dishes, clearly having tasted them, such a refreshing change.
Wonderful food, as ever. Attentive staff and charming owner. We had the 'tour ' taster menu and the newly instituted wine flight to go with it. Salmon with Riesling, Duck Samosa with Tempranillo, Butter Chicken and plain Naan with a New Zealand white we haven't had before - Pinot Gris - Lamb with rice and another delightful red - Malbec Mendoza from Argentina,, pudding with a French dessert wine. My husband had the set doughnut but they kindly substituted the Halwa for me. Buzzing even on a Sunday night. Well worth a visit!
Excellent food at Bhoomi as always , top service very attentive staff .we both had Scallops for starters which is a favourite of mine , Sadie had the Lobster and I had the Buttered Chicken , best I've ever tasted. See you again soon
Fantastic evening at Bhoomi. The food was outstanding and staff very attentive. Good wine selection also. Great atmosphere in there and the booth table was a bonus for our group of six. Quite simply the best Indian restaurant I have ever been to.
From the moment we arrived to the point when we left the service was excellent. The food was incredibly well presented and tasted fantastic. Combine this with the reasonable prices and we had no choice but to score Bhoomi the maximum 6.
Bhoomi never fails to delight. The staff are amazing and the food just out of this world, textures and spices to satisfy all your requirements, if this is typical South Indian food then I would,love to enjoy it regularly.
Great service, great food! Would highly recommmed to anyone looking for authentic Indian food. We thoroughly enjoyed the taster menu as we got to try a number of different options! Will definitely be going back. Thank you Bhoomi
Went here for out Valentine's Day meal and wasn't disappointed! Food and service was some of the best I've ever experienced. Thanks to everyone at Bhoomi for making it a great night for me and my wife.
The four of us opted for the taster menu and it was gorgeous. I was wary as I'm not a big pork or lamb eater but it was perfect. Just the right amount of food and he service was excellent too. Waitress who looked after us training to be a paramedic at uni and her knowledge of the dishes and generally very pleasant and attentive manner helped make our evening perfect Thank you
The restaurant itself is very nice and stylish, the food was delicious too, but unfortunately we were a bit ignored by the staff despite the fact that the restaurant wasn't even busy. They forgot to bring us the menu. So after 45 we managed to get their attention and ask for the menu. We waited for two hours to have the main on our table. And in the end we waited another 30 mins to get their attention to bring us the bill and they didn't notice us at all. So in the end we had to get up and go to them and ask for the bill.
We visited Bhoomi for a friends birthday and had a wonderful evening. The staff were fantastic, the food was delicious and the restaurant has been done very well. We will definitely be back and would recommend.
Not your typical Indian Restaurant. The food was incredible, the staff go above and beyond and the service was excellent. Can highly recommend Bhoomi and we will definitely return if we are ever in the area.
Thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Bhoomi. The food was extremely tasty, the butter chicken was exceptional as was the date and almond Naan. The presentation and service were good and we will certainly be going again.
Superb evening. Amazing food with intriguing flavours, beautifully presented and attentively served. Amuse bouche was cleverly scented with smoke. Chicken lollipops and salmon starters pronounced excellent as were the mains of lamb and of Malabar prawns. Desserts just right - mango Kulfi and Carrot Halwa- each adorned with spots of coulis, slices of summer fruit and flower petals. Great ambience. Well pleased and can't wait to go again!
Great service and fantastic food. The atmosphere is sophisticated and the lunch menu is good value. Nice to have South Indian treats like idli and dosa on the menu. It would be handy to be able to have half portions for children as the mains are quite generously sized, however the staff were excellent with our son - friendly and just the right amount of attentive.
Amazing experience as it has always been. No other Indian (read South Indian) place in Cheltenham could meet the extravagance and the alluring food and comfort of Bhoomi! Michael is really fab restauranteur!
From start to finish could not ask for more. Very welcoming and knowledgeable staff, brilliant service and food to die for. The blend of spices and overall experience of the Tour will not be forgotten and out friends from Northampton who done out in high quality establishments all the time, said best meal ever. Can not wait to return
This was our first time at Bhoomi-lived up to expectationsFood and presentation of high standard and service complimented such standards Will certainly revisit and again have the beef starter
We (myself and two teenage sons) were celebrating my wife's birthday. We wanted something a little different. We tried the taster 5 course menu, we were all very happy with all the courses not a crumb left by any of us. The best fine dining Asian restaurant I have been to. Attentive staff, fantastic food. would thoroughly recommend.
A really fantastic Indian restaurant. Beautifully presented food served by well trained staff. Always a pleasure to go to Bhoomi as you know it will be 1st class cuisine.
Beautiful, flavoursome food. Delicious wine. Impeccable service and a lovely atmosphere. Chocolate samosas are a must for dessert. So glad we chose Bhoomi! Will definitely return soon.
We have eaten at Bhoomi many times now , the food is excellent the service is very professional and we are always made very welcome. Highly recommended
Lovely evening at Bhoomi. Food very good and unusual. Excellent service and reasonable price. Will be going again! Fancy to try the tasting menu next time.
We enjoyed the Autumn menu - excellent in every respect as always! We will be revisiting Bhoomi again very soon - keep up the good work!
This restaurant is delightful. It is a different curry eating experience. The staff are courteous, friendly and helpful. The ambiance is calm and peaceful. Although a bit more expensive than the norm the food is different and delicious. Lots of different tastes. Everyone should try it then they would be hooked.
Lovely overall dining experience. Superb food and friendly, attentive but not overpowering service. Cannot rate Bhoomi highly enough! An excellent 21st birthday celebration. Thank you.
Excellent ambience, service and food. We were made to feel very special on our 10th wedding anniversary. The tasting menu and wine accompaniment were perfect for the occasion and we left feeling full (but not overly so) and quite merry. The quality of the food and wine was very high.
The food and arrive at Bhoomi is consistently perfect, we are never let down by this restaurant. This is a must try for everyone v
Fantastic meal and wonderful service. Very worthy sister restaurant to Prithvi where we have eaten many times. Will certainly be going back to Bhoomi soon.
Good food, pleasant service. Menu is more Indian than Prithvi, but a similar concept of a relatively restricted selection. Not the sort of Indian that you go to after the pub, more like fine dining. Our only slight moan was that it took some time to get the order pkaced, when we would happily hace consumed a couple of poppadums.
Superb evening out with wonderful Indian cuisine, marvellously hosted by Michael and all the team at Bhoomi. We will definitely pay another visit again soon.
Our first visit to Bhoomi and very impressed. Great food, wine and service. We had the tasting menu with wine flight and it was excellent.
The greeting at the restaurant was personal and efficient. We tried the tasting menu which was excellent and they even allowed us to swap one of the set courses which I would not have been able to eat otherwise. A lovely evening out at a restaurant rather than "going for a curry", very different and well worth a visit.
We went with friends last Friday, we were given a very warm welcome and the menu was well explained before we chose our food. Fantastic food was served with great service, presentation and excellent attention to detail. The atmosphere and decor is very relaxed but stylish, would definitely recommend.
Atmosphere, decor, welcome, service, food all excellent on our first visit to this great south India restaurant in very chic area of Cheltenham Spa. Well worth booking if you're visiting town or the Cotswolds. Definitely not a 'curry house' but exceptional flavour explosions on every plate. We will return!
Visited over August Bank Holiday weekend and was not disappointed. The service from Michael and his team was fantastic with Andraya looking after us attentively without being intrusive and catering to our every food need. This restaurant really is top draw and a must for any discerning foodie.