By Amy Malyon choosecornwall.ca – Cornwall’s latest restaurateurs are taking a fresh approach to traditional Indian cuisine with their new Wow India restaurant.
Chefs Boopathi Venkatesan and Ravi Nallusamy have known each other for thirteen years and together have over 35 years experience in the hospitality and culinary sector. They have traveled to some 80 countries, always trying the food and getting to know the culture. That understanding and passion for the culinary arts is demonstrated in each of their carefully curated menu items at Wow India.
“When I moved here I would often travel to Ottawa or Montreal for Indian food, which made me realize there was a great opportunity to offer quality Indian food in this area,” says Chef Boopathi. “And after being in Cornwall for 3 months I knew this was the place I wanted to live in, and settle down with my wife and kids.”
Wow India puts the emphasis on ‘flavour fusion” with featured meals taking inspiration from countries like Mexico, Italy and Turkey. The chefs are also very passionate about the health benefits Indian cuisine provides and use authentic traditional preparation methods and pure natural ingredients. Everything is homemade daily including naan whose ingredients are dry roasted and hand ground then baked in a traditional tandoor oven.
Chef Boopathi has been delighted by the welcoming community and sees potential for his dream restaurant to succeed. Much of that confidence is thanks to the growing population of diverse cultures in Cornwall, people looking for quality ethnic cuisine and the recognition that people are always looking for something new and different. For those that may be new to Indian cuisine the culinary experience is a flavorful one. You can request dishes as spicy or mild as you like. The team is very accommodating to all spice and dietary requests, offering vegan, gluten free and vegetarian options.
“People are very friendly and responsive to our menu,” says Chef Boopathi. “A fed customer is a healthy customer, and that is our mission.””
The chefs are anxious to be able to offer dine in options so they can showcase the traditional hospitality of the Indian culture and also to showcase their fun and spectacular plating presentations. Dine in options may eventually include a buffet should that be allowed. The team is also committed to a sustainability model, using biodegradable take-out containers and working towards eliminating all plastic.
WOW India is located at 704 Fourteenth St West and is open Monday – Thursday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
You can pre-order for curbside pick-up anytime or order online through Skip the Dishes.
For more information, please call 613-935-4800 or visit them online:
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