Sid & Chand Sahrawat – Chef & Owners
In 2014 Sid and wife Chand opened sophomore restaurant Cassia, a contemporary Indian offering in Fort Lane. The couple had a long-held desire to showcase their heritage through contemporary cuisine; Cassia was Auckland’s first restaurant to offer modern Indian dining.
At Cassia 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.
Sid is joined by chef Kial Portsmouth in the kitchen at Cassia. Prateek Arora and Rahul Srivastava lead the front of house. Chand Sahrawat acts as operations manager for the restaurants and is the contact for all media enquiries.
Restaurant Manager- Prateek Arora
Prateek has over 7 years experience in the hospitality industry. Originally from New Delhi in India, Prateek moved to New Zealand over 7 years ago hoping to learn more about New Zealand wine and cuisine. Prateek went to Aspire International Institute and completed a Diploma in Hospitality Management. He then worked as Bar manager at Cassia until 2018, during this time Prateek won Metro Restaurant personality of year 2018. Since then Prateek has grown his career first stepping up to become assistant restaurant manager and then restaurant manager in 2020.
Prateek is passionate about gins, travelling and collecting sneakers. He also loves NZ for the quality for the fresh produce, wines and the great outdoors.