Vegetarians and Indian food aficianados have a new place to eat. Bombay Delite, located in West Windsor’s Southfield Shopping Center, opened on September 13. The owners are Jayshree and Dipak Dattani of Plainsboro, and Mina and Shailesh Desai of West Windsor.
The restaurant is a franchise – the fourth Dimples restaurant in existence, but the first restaurant venture for the two couples. The first three franchise restaurants, located in Edison, are Dimple, Bombay Talk, and Khasiyat. All four owners of Bombay Delite are vegetarians but were not sure how many others in the area shared their beliefs until they saw people lining up outside during their first weekend open.
Over 50 percent of Indians are vegetarians and they have welcomed Bombay Delite’s North Indian fare featuring thali platters, light entrees of vegetables and curry, and South Indian fare including dosas and uttappam. The snacks include samosas filled with potatoes and mixed vegetables potato puri dishes. Tomato soup is available every day and falafel on weekends only. Cold drinks include lassis and milk shakes and desserts include galab jamun, ras malai, kheer, and carrot halwa. Ice cream flavors include mango, lychee, chocolate, and tutti-fruitti. Indian coffee and masala chai make a great end to a meal.
Both Dipak and Jayshree were born in East Africa and have only visited India once, on a two-week vacation many years ago. All of their relatives are in England, where the couple met. The Dattana family has lived in the area for four years. Ten years ago they moved from England to Edison. They have three daughters, Roshni, 16, and Nikhita, 14, both students at High School North; and Ashni, 7, a Town Center School student.
Dipak works as a computer programmer for JP Morgan in New York City. Jayshree has worked in computer programming and in real estate but wanted her own business. Their friend, Dilip Mehta, the franchise owner of the Dimple restaurants, offered to help and introduced them to the Desai’s.
Mina Desai works with computers for Verizon and her husband, Shailesh, manages Sparks Steak House in New York City. They have a daughter, Niti, a student at New York University, and a son, Neil, a senior at High School North.
The two couples became fast friends and have worked out the restaurant’s hours to suit them all. Jayshree works at the restaurant Tuesday through Friday during the day; the others, who work regular jobs during the week, take over in the evenings and weekends. The restaurant closes in the afternoon so Jayshree is able to be with her daughters after school.
Bombay Delite is open Tuesday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Mondays. Visit www.bombaydelite.com or call 609-716-1234. Take-out orders are welcome. You are invited to bring your own beer and wine.