Navjot Arora, Executive Chef and co-owner, grew up in Pumjab, India and graduated from one of the country’s most prominent culinary institutes. He then honed his skills working under master chefs for the prestigious Taj Group of Hotels in India. In the year 2000 Navjot and his wife, Anu, moved to New York City where he put to work his experience and passion for healthy Indian cuisine as the executive chef for the critically acclaimed Café Spice Restaurant Group.
Arora’s fascination with food began as a young boy. He spent hours watching his mother create nutritious and appetizing vegetarian dishes and his father cook his signature goat curry. His dedication was awarded when he was put in charge of making the most important condiment, the mint chutney! It required that he pick the fresh mint leaves from the family’s garden and puree the ingredients using a mortar and pestle—a method he still employs to derive the most vibrant flavor from herbs and spices.
Navjot and Anu have always enjoyed cooking together using recipes passed down through generations and creating their own. With the help of Navjot’s former employer, Sushil Malhotra (who owned New York’s finest Indian restaurant, Dawat, and is the president of Café Spice Restaurant Group), they can now share their experience and love for Indian food with their patrons.
Great food begins with the finest ingredients and we use only the freshest and most wholesome with no artificial flavorings or additives. “Chutney”, an anglicized form of the Hindi word “chatni”, is a traditional condiment made from a combination of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. All of our chutneys are homemade. “Masala” means a blend of fresh herbs and spices combined with aromatics used to create a unique base for each dish. We use special blends of spices, which we grind ourselves, not to make the dishes hot, but to bring out their complex flavors.
To ensure our cuisine is as healthy as it is delicious we cook our meat, fish vegetables and bread in a Tandoor Clay oven. The result: food that is moist and tender and infused with a wonderful, freshly baked and grilled flavor. We use all natural chicken, free range lamb and wild seafood, not farm raised, and the locally-derived produce is garden-fresh.