Sid & Chand Sahrawat – Chef & Owners

Chef and restaurateur Sid Sahrawat has spent ten years making his indelible mark on the Auckland dining scene with acclaimed restaurants Sidart and Cassia and now Sid at The French Cafe.

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.

Restaurant Manager- Craig Lovie

Craig Lovie has had over 25yrs experience in the hospitality industry, starting in Hotels at a young age, then progressing through to working for seven years at the iconic French Café.

Craig has always been passionate about good food and wine accompanied by excellent service, where he is on hand with the Cassia staff to continue this high level of hospitality.


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