Chef Hemant Mathur Highlights Modern Indian Home Cuisine
SAAR Indian Bistro, helmed by Master Tandoor Chef Hemant Mathur and Chef / Creative Director Surbhi Sahni, is a 57-seat restaurant and bar serving authentic regional cuisine in a warm, convivial setting. The menu, featuring a unique combination of traditional home cooked and Indian street foods, reflects the essence of India’s broad multicultural influences – including elements from British, Persian, and Jewish cuisine. “Our goal is to show how food has evolved in India over the past 100 years, serving the dishes exactly as they are prepared and eaten at home today,” said Chef Sahni. Chef Mathur agreed, noting, “we want to transport you to modern India”.
Located at 241 West 51 st Street, the 2,400 square foot space was designed by the independent team Design IRL. Chef Mathur’s Jaipur origins and classic French Bistros influenced the comfortably chic interior. The intricate wall patterns and vibrant colors in the space are reminiscent of vintage India, and are offset with luxurious metal accents to have a modern and eclectic vibe.
Service will initiate with dinner, opening up for lunch and high tea in late May, and brunch in the summer. The menu will include items such as a savory Shakarkandi Chaat – Charcoal smoked Japanese sweet potato with tamarind chutney and roasted cumin; Kashmiri Kabargah – Milk poached crispy New Zealand lamb ribs with onion, red pepper and radish relish; and Khandavi – Steamed chickpea noodles with coconut, cilantro, mustard seeds, and chutney. Chef Mathur’s famed Tandoori lamb chops will also be on the menu. Desserts by Chef Sahni will include items such as Pastishpta – crepes with coconut cardamom, jaggery, and reduced milk; and Unniyappam - Sour Rice Banana fritters with Black Pepper & Caramel Dip, Guava, and a Mango & Curry Leaf Dip. A full beverage program will include organic and biodynamic wines, beer, and Indian-inspired cocktails.