Posted May 27, 2009 by Adam Toren in Blogs

Salam Bombay – Contemporary Indian Cusine

dsc02323After an extensive search for the perfect home for his new contemporary Indian restaurant, owner Jose Madappilly finally found it. I recently had the pleasure of dining at Salam Bombay, and the honour of being served by Jose himself. The gracious owner/host took time to answer a few questions, despite the bustling activity of the dinner rush.

VancouverBC.com: How did you come up with this location?

dsc03080Jose Madappilly: Prior to opening this place we looked at around 50 or so other locations over a period of a year and a half. It was a combination of the dining room, kitchen and location, but [we] had to compromise with the great price tag. Well, its Alberni entrance is [an] enviable location.

VBC: How are you approaching business during the current economic downturn?

JM: It hurts everybody. We are trying to walk ahead of it. It all comes down to giving value to your guests without compromising on the quality.

dsc02441VBC: How would you describe Salam Bombay?

JM: Simply an elegant Indian restaurant. We take pride in the food, the service and the ambiance.

VBC: How would you rank yourself with the other Indian eateries in town?

JM: Absolutely the best! Sorry, I should leave that up to you to judge. I am trying to win no accolades or awards here. If you walk into my restaurant I want you to walk out happy.

VBC: You yourself are a good cook-we’ve seen you on City TV. Where did you learn to cook?

JM: Well, I enjoyed traveling Europe and the Americas. But I learned cooking back home in India.

VBC: If you did not own this restaurant, what else would you been doing?

JM: Food was never my weakness, but good food is, and I enjoy doing what I do. Hmm… To answer your question, I would have been an actor.

Call 604-681-6300 or visit salambombay.com for more information or to make reservations.

Adam Toren

Adam Toren
Adam Toren is born and raised in Vancouver BC and loves everything Vancouver BC has to offer. He loves traveling and exploring new and unique restaurants and places around the world.