RISHI AND MANUELA

CHEEK BY JOWL

T. Dining by Singapore Tatler - - Savour Feature -

Rishi Naleen­dra and Manuela To­niolo met as co-work­ers at a Greek fam­ily restau­rant in Mel­bourne 13 years ago and ro­mance quickly blos­somed; they’ve been to­gether for 12 years and will be mar­ried for eight years in Jan­uary. He’s the head chef and owner of the 21-month-old mod­ern Aus­tralian restau­rant, highly ac­claimed for its sim­ple yet re­fined fare. She’s the man­ager, but re­ally over­sees a num­ber of op­er­a­tional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

We had al­ways wanted to open our own restau­rant. It was a dream and some­thing we were work­ing hard to­wards when we were young

HAS A MU­TUAL LOVE OF GAS­TRON­OMY BROUGHT YOU CLOSER?

He said: As young hos­pi­tal­ity in­di­vid­u­als, it was re­ally fun to go out and dis­cover new places to eat and drink. We used to go and eat in a restau­rant once a week, and over time it sort of be­came an ob­ses­sion and mo­ti­vated the both of us to want to have a restau­rant be­fore we turned 30.

She said: As we got older and our ex­pe­ri­ences in the in­dus­try evolved, our pas­sion and love in­creased.

DID YOU EVER THINK WORK­ING TO­GETHER WOULD BE RO­MAN­TIC? He said: As young kids, we got to see each other all the time. We then went and worked in dif­fer­ent places for around six years to gain more ex­pe­ri­ence, and de­cided we should start work­ing to­gether again.

She said: We had al­ways wanted to open our own restau­rant. It was a dream and some­thing we were work­ing hard to­wards when we were young.

HOW HAS SPEND­ING SO MUCH TIME TO­GETHER SHAPED THE RE­LA­TION­SHIP? He said: I think we work well to­gether and we com­ple­ment one an­other. It’s also im­por­tant to have that one per­son you trust work­ing along­side you.

She said: I believe this has also made us stronger. It’s also nice to have some­one sup­port­ive around me all the time.

DO YOU HAVE RULES ABOUT BRING­ING WORK HOME?

He said: We com­mu­ni­cate well with one an­other! We tend to leave it at work—how­ever, be­ing own­ers of the busi­ness, if some­thing needs to be dis­cussed, then we’ll talk about it at home. She said: We are com­fort­able talk­ing about work at home, but it doesn’t usu­ally hap­pen. Once we’re home, we try to re­lax and un­wind.

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