Metro Top 50 Restaurants 2017: Cassia

by Metro / 20 June, 2017

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SUPREME WINNER- WINNER Best Smart Dining

For the latest review, see the 2018 review of Cassia.

Cassia

Smart Dining—Modern Indian

There has never been any doubt that Sid Sahrawat is a remarkable chef. His flagship restaurant, Sidart, co-owned and operated with his wife, Chand, pushes the boundaries of fine dining. Yet we’re so glad they opened Cassia in 2015, because it has shown us the magic that happens when talent, heritage and heart combine. Cassia is a modern Indian restaurant with a lustrous festoon-lit fit-out, nestled inside a low-ceilinged, underground concrete bunker. Sahrawat has taken the robust, moreish flavours of his childhood and filtered them through years of fine-dining rigour. The result? A sensory overload; food you won’t forget. Pair that with the steady charm of manager Matt Aitchison, the assertive calm of superstaff like assistant manager Laura Foolchand, the gentle theatre of the waiters’ rehearsed but never perfunctory service, and what you’re left with is a very special place.

A favourite dish
Free-range pork vindaloo, apple and ginger.

What it offers
Shared-plate options / Fixed-priced meals including business lunch / Dégustation option / Good for vegetarians / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Bar / Craft beer selection / Private room seats 16 / Semi-private areas / Takes large groups / Good cocktails

Hours—L Wed-Fri; D Tue-Sat
Bookings—Yes
Price—$$
Seats—75
Chef—Sid Sahrawat, executive chef; Alok Vasanth, head chef


CENTRAL CITY
5 Fort Lane
Ph 379-9702
cassiarestaurant.co.nz

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