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Occupation: Owner, India Café
Where were you born and raised? Waianae. I went to Saint Louis High School and graduated from UH.
You have a truly multi-cultural background, don’t you?
Yes! My father is from India and my mom is from Michigan. My grandparents migrated to Malaysia, and my father spent time traveling through Europe where he met my mother in Geneva. My wife is from Boston; her mother is Portuguese and her Indian father is from Trinidad.
What do you always have in the fridge?
Always leftovers from the restaurant - my children love chicken curry - and usually leftover Portuguese food that my wife’s made. And milk. Our kids love milk.
Who’s been the biggest influence on you so far?
My wife, Shalisa. I couldn’t do this without her. We have two small children and she takes care of them and runs our house to perfection. It means I can concentrate on our business. And my father, Raja, continues to be an influence in my life.
Who would you most like to see come into India Café for dinner?
Eddie Flores. I’d like to pick his brain and ask him about his accomplishments with L&L. He did eat here once, but I was too busy to talk with him.
How do you describe the food at India Café to people who have not yet been?
We have some spice and some heat to a few of the dishes, but mostly we use a lot of fresh vegetables, herbs and spices.
Best dish on the menu?
Well, the most popular dish is probably the chicken curry, and our coconut cabbage is very popular. Our spicy eggplant is ridiculously spicy - we have to warn people about it! And we specialize in dosai, which is a traditional South Indian bread made from rice and lentils.
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