2 Hamilton locations of growing Indian Hakka chain are now open; Niagara Falls is next


Published February 13, 2023 at 4:07 pm

There are two places you can go to get paneer with a veneer of “upscale casual” vibes in Hamilton.

Oh Bombay, an emerging Indian and Hakka restaurant chain, recently opened a dine-in restaurant in the Stoney Creek community. It has also added a pickup-only express location in the downtown Beasley neighbourhood. These are the fifth and sixth locations for the young restaurant operation. Niagara Falls is also in line to be part of the chain’s spread into the Niagara Region and southwestern Ontario.

The first Oh Bombay opened in 2020. Karan Bajwa and Balraj Chauhan cofounded the chain, and bios at ohbombay.ca say that Bajwa is an American-born Humber College hospital management grad with intentions of expanding Oh Bombay nationwide. Chauhan manages food quality and kitchen processes for the chain, and he had two decades in the food industry in his homeland of India before coming to North America.

Like most chain restaurants, Oh Bombay has launched an app for delivery and pickup orders rather than miss out on brand exposure by leaving that solely to the likes of DoorDash, SkipTheDishes, and Uber Eats. Currently, it is advertising a $5 bonus upon registration and a 10-per-cent increase in loyalty points when customers order on the app.

The express location is at Unit A-104 Cannon St. E., and is set back from the street in a two-unit building that housed Mattina Pizzeria before it closed in 2021. (Mattina was in the building’s other unit, which does have a public notice of a building permit.)

Presently, the Cannon St. location is open six days per week, with a respite on Wednesdays. Hours are 12 noon to 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. While somewhat tucked away from the ramble of the downtown, it joins a lineup of Indian restaurants in the area that include Sagarmatha Curry Palace (King William St.), Everest Tandoori Kitchen (Jackson Square mall, near the King St. W. entrance), and Sagarmatha Curry Palace (King William St., between James and John).

The Stoney Creek location at 295 Hwy. 8 opened in time for the December holiday season. It takes Tuesdays off and is otherwise open from 11:45 until 11 p.m. on the other six days of the week. The location is licensed.

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