The desi chef cook­ing it up in Auck­land

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Aus­tralia seems to be a dream­land for hum­ble food­ies and afi­ciona­dos alike, no less be­cause of the pop­u­lar show Masterchef Aus­tralia that has be­come a cult unto it­self. How­ever, New Zealand too, is fer­tile ground for gas­tro­nom­i­cal ex­plo­rations. Cel­e­brated chef Sid Sahrawat’s pop­u­lar res­tau­rant SIDART, sit­u­ated in a sub­ur­ban in­ner-city in Auck­land — which is of­ten com­pared to Mum­bai be­cause of the trippy nightlife, cos­mopoli­tan vibe and port-city in­tri­ca­cies — is one such feather in the coun­try’s chef hat. And we just found out that he has launched an all new con­tem­po­rary In­dian fine-din­ing menu. It seeks to com­bine condi­ments from our coun­try such as king­fish, daikon, ha­puka, mus­tard seeds, tamarind, al­mond and Goan flavours with a more for­mal and pre­cise aes­thete. “It’s a rein­car­na­tion that show­cases my me­ta­mor­pho­sis from an In­dian chef cook­ing kiwi food to a kiwi chef who in­cor­po­rates love for In­dian flavours,” Sahrawat said.

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