Canton’s Aha! Biryanis has been open just two weeks, but the Indian-themed restaurant, located at 44993 Ford Road, has already made a delicious impact on its inaugural customers’ tastebuds.
The eatery — which has taken over the space formerly occupied by the Samosa Factory — features a welcoming interior vibe, and furnishings and cutlery that give visitors an opportunity to dine in or take out.
“Initially, we were only going to offer take-out,” explained Nikhil Reddy, one of the business’s four owners. “But once our customers started asking for a dine-in option, we added the tables and cutlery, which they really enjoy.”
Awesome early feedback/reviews
“The feedback and reviews we’ve received so far have been great,” said co-owner Bhazat Anad, who has been friends with Reddy for over a decade. “People are loving what we have to offer. A lot of people love our spicy dishes, but for those that don’t like their food too hot, we have plenty of other options for them.
Aha! offers gluten-free options and the items on its menu are free from food coloring and tasting salt — a bonus the owners confirmed their customers appreciate.
“The best compliments we’ve received so far are from people who tell us our food tastes authentic, just like what they remember when they lived in India,” said Anad.
“Our target audience is people who love authentic Indian food, but our menu also includes dishes like butter chicken that non-Indian people are more familiar with.
“The butter chicken is one of our meals that bring people in; once they try it and love it, they try other things.”
‘Exquisite culinary journey’
Aha!’s Instagram page perfectly describes the business’s mission: “We take pride in curating an exquisite culinary journey that celebrates the heart of Indian flavors.
“Our specialty lies in the art of biryanis, where fragrant basmati rice intertwines with an array of aromatic spices, creating a symphony of tastes that transport you straight to the vibrant streets of India.”
Aha’s menu includes a wide variety of appetizers — including mixed vegetable pakora and potato samosa — 11 varieties of biryani; desserts; drinks; and breads (garlic and butter naan).
The owners revealed they’ve long had a passion to open a restaurant in Canton.
With the help of co-owner Sumil Jasby’s father, who is a restaurant owner in India, their dream has become reality.
The restaurant’s grand opening was spiced up by a visit from State Representative and Canton resident Ranjeev Puri, who helped the owners cut the ceremonial ribbon.
When asked what they like about their business’s location, the owners smiled and gestured toward always-bustling Ford Road.
“This is Ford Road,” Reddy said, smiling. What’s not to like?”
Aha! is open every day but Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., except for Fridays and Saturdays when it closes at 10 p.m.
You can check out its vast menu by clicking here.
Ed Wright can be reached at 734-664-4657 or email@example.com.