The Denver Tech Center is full of movers and shakers who could probably use some sustenance to support them while they watch the market fall. Now they can find it, fast, at the Bombay Bowl.
The fast-casual spot at 12023 East Arapahoe Road in Centennial opened on February 20. It's the brainchild of Amar Singh, who earned an MBA and MS in finance at the University of Colorado and worked on the corporate side of various start-ups before deciding to attempt his own restaurant.
"Amar has nurtured the idea of a fast-casual, Indian-type restaurant since his first exposure to America," explains Gabi Singh, marketing manager of Bombay Bowl. "He often contemplated the benefits and drawbacks of the Indian restaurant buffet. Aside from great variety and decadent tastes, sometimes the quality and taste was variable, and the final bill was a bit more than one typically wanted to spend."
And that wasn't all. "The food was often very rich in creams and oils," Singh continues, "which wasn't ideal for a health-conscious consumer." As a result, the typical Indian restaurant just wasn't conducive to regular visits.
"Healthy, cheaper alternatives in Indian food was something he thought was lacking in the U.S.," Singh adds. "And by the phenomenal response this past week and the amount of Indian traffic coming to the restaurant from all regions of metro Denver, it seems that many other consumers agree with him."
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Bombay Bowl doesn't just serve healthy food fast, it also features distinct regional cuisines from across India.
"The tikka sauce, (tomato, onion and garlic curry flavor), is more northern in its roots," says Singh. "The vindaloo sauce (tamarind-based, spicy-sweet flavor) has southern flavors, and the korma is a sweet, coconut-based sauce found in the western regions. The saag is a mild-flavored spinach sauce prevalent in all regions. And the chile-lime chutney is the one item that offers the heat and flavor of the Tex-Mex restaurants found here in this region of the U.S."
The fast-expanding, fast-casual business has had real success in Colorado, in many incarnations. Two months before Bombay Bowl opened, the city got its first fast-casual joint emphasizing native American fare: Tocabe.