Cassia was recently awarded 2017 Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year for the second consecutive year, and gained Two Hats in the prestigious Cuisine Good Food Awards 2017; also winning Best Specialist Restaurant.
Sid & Chand Sahrawat – Chef & Owners
Sid Sahrawat is one of New Zealand's most exciting chefs; revered within the industry and among local and international diners for his innovative and inspirational cooking. In 2009 he opened SIDART, his dream fine dining restaurant in Three Lamps, Ponsonby, which has continued to grow from strength to strength and is highly acclaimed and awarded.
Cassia is a concept very close to the heart of both Sid and his wife Chand, who have always wanted to showcase their heritage through contemporary cuisine; now resulting in Auckland's first restaurant to offer modern Indian dining.
Sid marries his creative culinary skills with the traditional dishes he has grown up with in India – classic spice and flavour combinations reworked with contemporary and local New Zealand ingredients.
Chand uses her business background to manage the operations of both Sidart and Cassia.
Sid is joined by head chef Alok Vasanth in the kitchen at Cassia. Matthew Aitchison leads front of house. Since opening, Cassia has become well known for its eclectic cocktail and drinks list, masterminded by bar manager Prateek Arora.