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Local Flavour: Spicing up Ladner

To be successful in business can sometimes depend on where you locate. For sisters in law Jas Boghar and Talwinder Sidhu, opening up an Indian restaurant in the heart of Ladner Village was a pretty straightforward and logical decision. "There wasn't another Indian restaurant in Ladner," says Boghar. The move has paid off as Bombay Joes, tucked away at 4841 Delta Street, has had plenty of customer traffic after opening Feb. 22.

"It's all from our mom and grandmother," says Sidhu, who worked in the catering business before joining forces with her sister. "That's always the best, family recipes". One of the unique aspects of the Bombay Joes cuisine is the very limited use of oil. Some dishes use none at all. Instead, the meals are prepared using a from-scratch vegetable stock. The recipe for chickpea curry (also known as Chana masala) uses just two teaspoons of oil for a light tasting, mildly spiced dish.

"We've been extremely busy that we've had to tell customers it's going to take about an hour and a half for their order to be filled," says Boghar, who has lived in Tsawwassen for the past six years after emigrating from Coventry, England. Part of that is due to a commitment to cook every item fresh to order. That means customers looking get one of the 20 seats inside the cozy confines of Bombay Joes have to get there early. Line ups are usual, especially near the end of the week. What diners find when they peruse the menu is a list of classic dishes which are all based on family recipes.