EDMOND — At long last, Indian cuisine is available north of Oklahoma City thanks to the opening of Heritage India, 3409 S Broadway, suite 570.
Owner William Bathini and chef Dominic Gomes are natives of India, Bathini from Hyderabad and Gomes from Kolkata in the east, who've spent most of their careers on the East Coast of the United States.
Bathini came to the United States two decades ago at age 23, moving to Washington, D.C., where his parents worked in the U.S. Embassy. With a strong passion for food in tow, he set out to go into the business. He eventually met chef Gomes, who has worked in New York City as well as the nation's capital. They two opened a restaurant in Orlando, Fla., before opening in D.C.
So what called these two to Middle America?
“My children live here,” Bathini said. “I wanted to live closer to them.”
To be closer to his kids, Bathini brought Gomes and their combined expertise in preparing Indian food. Bathini said he's got a passion not only for offering delicious food but presenting it beautifully, which the restaurant does during dinner.
At lunch, Bathini and Gomes use a buffet, confident that, within a very few bites, diners will be hooked.
Most of the city's Indian restaurants offer a lunch buffet. One of the disadvantages Indian restaurants face is the lack of exposure guests have had to the cuisine.
In popularity, Indian food is to England what Mexican food is to the Southwestern United States. Part of the allure is the bold, spicy nature of dishes. Curry is a misunderstood word. Curry is a mixture of spices centered on turmeric. In concept, it's not much different from chile powder. Curry then becomes the flavor foundation for a number of braised dishes. At Heritage India, curry sauces accompany all manner of vegetable and protein, including potato, beef, chicken, fish and even goat.