Town of Niagara welcomes new Indian restaurant on Military Road near Fashion Outlets
By Michele DeLuca
Bhupinder Singh is pretty happy with the location of his new restaurant.
From the window of the newly opened India Grill, located at 2117 Military Road in the Town of Niagara, he can see the Fashion Outlets mall, which draws thousands of shoppers to the street.
Besides that, his new restaurant is the only Indian restaurant on Military Road.
The India-born businessman, who formerly had a restaurant in a food court in downtown Niagara Falls, decided to move his business to Military Road when he learned that a former Greek restaurant, Christo’s, was available for purchase.
The restaurant building underwent extensive cosmetic renovations and now includes a full service dining room and a banquet room that seats 70.
Singh said that having a free-standing restaurant with a full kitchen would give him the opportunity to concentrate on his menu.
“Rather than just try to attract tourists, we wanted to give a more authentic taste,” he said, noting that his menu items now include “proper” Indian spices including fresh ginger, coriander, cumin and turmeric.
“My thinking was to give quality and nice food,” he added.
The manager, Ashok Muni, said that he understands that while Indian food has its faithful following, others are sometimes reluctant to try new foods. He pointed out that between the white rice and the chicken dishes, it’s easy for newcomers to try Indian food without too big of a leap of faith.
Diners can taste test from the lunch buffet for $10.99 Tuesday through Sunday. Those who like simple dishes can consider butter chicken or a tomato-based chicken Tikka Masala, Muni said, or even a tandoori chicken dish, which is baked chicken made with spices, cooked in a special tandoori oven, where the handmade nann bread is also baked.
“I tell them, try it! A billion people cannot be wrong,” he joked about the dishes from India, which has a population of 1.3 billion.
When asked why he thought so many Indians are coming to Niagara Falls, Muni said: “It’s a natural fascination with water, because of the holy Ganges,” a reference to India’s river which Hindus consider sacred.
Muni added that he and Singh welcome all members from the surrounding community and hope to reconnect with past customers from the Niagara Falls Air Base and the staffers at local hospitals from the Indian community.
The restaurant serves a lunch buffet Tuesday through Sunday, starting at 11:15 a.m. The India Grill is also open for dinner from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday and for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, call 524-2142.