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. Craig Lovie leads front of house. Since opening, Cassia has become well known for its eclectic cocktail and drinks list, masterminded by bar manager and assistant manager Prateek Arora. Chand Sahrawat acts as operations manager for the restaurants and is the contact for all media enquiries.