Indian cuisine has been growing in popularity yearly, as new restaurants pop up with American-Indian infused dishes that cater to the broader audience versus those looking for authentic Indian dishes with a spicier palette. As consumers continue to demand more uniqueness, restauranteurs are constantly faced with decisions on how to stand out in the industry. Sisters and owners of Toronto’s newest Indian restaurant Bombay Street Food, Seema and Amreen, are definitely bringing a new dining concept to Toronto but with an experience that has been routed in the Indian culture for centuries; street food.
Street food in India is about the people and their passion for cooking fresh and bursting with flavour dishes. Recipes are often passed down from generation to generation without many adjustments to the original process. On the streets of Mumbai, these authentic dishes are filling the air with exploding scents of curry, coriander, ginger and chilis that guide your nose to which vendor is selling it. To honour their customs, take-out dishes will be served in a custom version of the traditional dabba, the Indian tiered tiffin box.
For Seema and Amreen, implementing visual elements of this way of life into their new restaurant was essential to creating the complete experience for guests. As you enter the space you will be greeted with signs sharing personal thoughts on life, family portraits, images of the sisters travels through India and unique decor and artifacts that they purchased from Mumbai. The bright colour palette of the space is mixed with unique patterns, shapes and stencils reminiscent of the interiors found in Mumbai.
All of their dishes are homemade and authentically spiced, using primarily local ingredients and only 100% halal meat. Bombay Street Food will be opening at the beginning of May at 828 Bay Street, Toronto. The menu details are still top secret, but they will be worth the wait!