by Gloria Welton
Bindeshwer Mandal spent 25 years working in the food industry as a chef in India, Toronto, Halifax, and PEI. Recently, he opened his own restaurant in Charlottetown, called Bombay Cuisine Inc.
For the last 13 years, Bindeshwer, his wife and three children have made PEI their home. “We love living on PEI and plan to stay,” he says. “PEI is so peaceful, there are nice friendly people here, living here is good for my family, and everything is close to get to without big traffic problems.”
Bindeshwer says their children are enjoying their education on PEI, and his wife works at the restaurant and on a farm.
He worked at Papa Joe’s restaurant for 13 years as a Chef. “I loved working at Papa Joe’s and they are part of our family now. They were so helpful in the transition to opening this restaurant.”
Immediate need for another cook
Opening his own restaurant has been a lifelong dream. “Business has been growing steadily because more people have moved here from India, and more and more locals are coming to the restaurant as well.”
This is the fourth Indian restaurant to open in Charlottetown. Although he says there is no difficulty hiring other staff, finding an experienced cook is a challenge. “We have eight staff and most have part-time hours.
“I am the only staff member fully trained to cook authentic Indian cuisine. Because the responsibilities in operating a restaurant are many and the business is now steadily growing, it is time to take on another cook to work with us full-time year-round.
“The new cook should be someone from India who can really accomplish the flavours required for quality cuisine. We have tried training a few people, but it did not work out to be a good match as yet. I am willing to train those who show potential.”
The restaurant in open from 11 am to 9 pm, Monday to Saturday, and 12 to 9 pm on Sundays. Since the business opened in April, 2019, Bindeshwer has been on location every day.
He would like to have someone else to rely on to help as they continue to grow the business and for unexpected things that happen in life. “My parents in India are both very ill and my wife is there with them, but I can’t visit because we need to keep the business going.”
The wage is negotiable, depending on the experience of the potential candidate.
For more information about Bombay Cuisine Inc., call 902-892-6782.