Bobby Singh is a name synonymous with fine Indian cuisine in South Jersey. Since the mid-90s, he had owned and operated Bombay Restaurant in Egg Harbor Township until health issues forced him to close the establishment in 2019.
For three years, he put his restaurant work on hold, as he courageously focused on getting better and worked his way back. Once he received a clean bill of health, he decided it was time to get back into the business.
In the Spring of 2023, he opened Bombay Express at 27 North Maple Avenue in Marlton, an updated, casual version of his previous sit-down restaurant focusing on authentic Indian flavors. At first, it opened for curbside service only. Then, after renovating the space, he added a few booths for indoor dining.
“Cooking is my passion,” Bobby Singh told South Jersey Food Scene. “Serving customers healthy and delicious food makes me satisfied. It was time to start again, but I wanted to start small. I still wanted to offer some of the food from my previous restaurant, but I wanted to do something different. Which is why I added Indian tacos and burritos.”
So far, the response has been excellent, with take-out and delivery representing most of his business.
“People are curious about the Indian tacos and burritos, so they are selling very well,” Singh mentioned. “The burritos are made with tortilla bread, and the tacos are made from plain fresh naan bread, cooked in the Tandoor oven.”
The rest of the menu is a veritable cornucopia of traditional Indian delights; everything is made in-house from scratch, too. So, while the restaurant operates in a “quicker serve” fashion, they are not skimping on the quality. You can expect fresh, flavorful Indian food here for lunch or dinner.
“Our new platters are becoming very popular,” Singh noted, referring to the $11.99 non-veg platters and $10.99 veg platters as a reasonable Indian meal option, which includes two mains, side veg, and rice—a terrific deal, especially in this economy.
The restaurant offers a dazzling array of appetizers such as samosas, pakoras, and chaats. The main courses feature many chicken, lamb, and fish/seafood dishes. Several biryanis and special Indian breads, including kulchas or Indian pita breads, are also featured on the menu. Bombay Express also serves tandoori favorites such as chicken tikka and various kebab (meat on a skewer) options. Lastly, vegetarians will find many dishes, too.
Optimistic about Bombay Express’s success, Singh plans to open another full-service restaurant in the area and more Bombay Express locations over the next couple of years. Stay tuned for information as it becomes available.
In the meantime, please check out Bombay Express in Marlton for your Indian food cravings and tell them South Jersey Food Scene sent you.