A truly unique dining experience. A winner of Metro’s restaurant of the year, Cassia is well-known amongst Aucklanders. Owned by celebrity chefs Sid and Chad Sahrawt and managed by engaging and fun Craig Lovie, you are treated to a range of flavours while being humored by great service. Before diving into the dining experience, the cocktails at Cassia were fantastic. Particular favorites being the Dragon Breath, Monkey Sours and the SPicy Mosambi. In terms of food we ordered a mixture of entrees and mains. The Snapper was a personal favorite fresh tasting it was a perfect contrast to the flavorsome Tandoori Chicken. The naan bread here has that smoky flavor and crisp on the bottom providing a great texture every bite. Overall a magnificent evening at one of Auckland's premier restaurants.
If you don't like spicy food, there is a good chance you won’t like Cassia. After seeing so many glowing reviews and knowing this restaurant is from the same family as Sidart (which is absolutely amazing) my expectations were high. I suppose going to an Indian restaurant comes with the implicit risk that some food will be spicy. However, as someone with a milder pallet and accustomed to either menus or waiters pointing out what food is spicy and what is not, we were caught off guard by the heat of half of our dishes — the tandori chicken main and seehk kebab entre were too hot for us! Given the otherwise excellent service, if not the menu, we would expect the waiter to brief diners on the menu. Beyond the spicy food, highlights include the cocktails, an absolutely delicious carrot dish and our waiter (notwithstanding the spice issue). We note our waiter got the kitchen to make the main a little less spicy for us, which we appreciated, but Cassia’s ‘ultra mild’ was still quite spicy. The ambiance was also nice and cozy.
That Modern Indian Dining 🇮🇳 ✔️ We ticked Cassia off my list to celebrate my birthday, and it was such an awesome experience. Cassia is hidden underneath the Fort Lane, right next to the ROXY. As we stepped inside and down the stairs, the warm, cozy and inviting atmosphere hit us. And they also have one of my favourite things for restaurants: an open kitchen. 😆 🇮🇳 We are not expert in Indian cuisine, so we asked one of the waiters' recommendations. He explained each dishes well and passionately! Followed his advice, I got Pani puri, potato, chickpea, mint and Celeriac tart, yoghurt, paneer to nibble. I love the Pani puri, it's a popular street snack in India, but it was my first time to try it. Put the whole thing in, one bite. The crispy crepe mixed with all the flavours, mint juice just exploded in my mouth and overwhelmed my taste buds. It was surprising and satisfying. 🤩 🍽 Followed with Caramelised duck, chettinad sauce, onions as my main. OMG! I love it! The skin part is nice and crunchy, while the inside is tender and moist. It's also really soft, to a level it melts in my mouth. I would rate it my favourite out of all the curries I've tried. On the side we had Garlic naan, soft, fluffy naan with the right amount of garlic taste, it's just perfect flavorful and also not greasy at all. 👌🏻💯 🍫 To finish, we chose Chocolate, raspberry, hazelnut, honeycomb. Speechless for this one as it was just bloody delicious!!!! 🤤 ✨ Great location, perfect atmosphere, awesome services and the best modern Indian food. I don't see why you still haven't added this one to your list.