Apr 30, 2019 Restaurants
Despite their continued building of Auckland’s best restaurant empire (see their award for best restaurateur), Sid and Chand Sahrawat’s Cassia remains the epitome of Auckland’s recent wave of casual modern dining. If anything, it’s improved – the fit-out has been upgraded, better reflecting the food’s elegant comfort; new dishes continue to push the boundaries of what a modern Indian restaurant firmly rooted in local produce can be. If there was a category for single best bite of food, the Te Matuku oyster pakora would be an instant finalist. It’s everything Cassia excels at in one mouthful – fragrant, smoky, sweet, spicy, homely yet clever, and, above all, fun. The basement space makes you feel as if you’re in Melbourne or New York, but after five years open, Cassia’s food tells you there’s only one place you can be – Auckland.
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What it offers: Set menus / Shared-plate options / Private room / Good for vegetarians / Takes large groups
A favourite dish: Caramelised duck with chettinad sauce
Winner, Best Smart Restaurant
Winner, Restaurateur of the Year:
Sid and Chand Sahrawat (joint)
Finalist, Supreme Award
Finalist, Best Chef: Sid Sahrawat
Finalist, Peugeot People’s Choice Award for Best Dish
Hours: Lunch Wed-Fr, Dinner Tue-Sat
Chef: Sid Sahrawat, executive chef; Nishant Arora, head chef
5 Fort Lane