We have been a bit slack with updating the website as of late, so now that I am back on board (this is Leena) and have decided to stay in Tauranga, I will be writing intermittent updates on what’s been happening at your favourite little curry house.
So you may have seen a few of the same faces at the front, FYI Pradeep has three daughters and over the last few months we've all had our hand at serving out the front, so don't be offended if we don't recognise you. Bhavna and Mala are both heading up to Auckland, so it'll just be me doing my thing at the front and on here.
As well as three of us out front, we have the lovely Balwinder and Shona spreading their love for the Talk of India brand. Balwinder has proven to be one of the most hardworking and humble staff members we've had, if you want Punjabi Indian home food, ask her for her signature recipes. As for Shona, she's a local about town who has been coming to the restaurant for about 20 years, she brings her enthusiasm and a love for Indian food to the family. If you don't see her here you'll find her in front of a room full of people singing as part of a duo called Sparx. And then there's usha, the mother hen of the place, she's been here for over a decade and shows no sign of slowing down. Shes an avid fan of fitness and has a love of spirituality to match. So that rounds out our Front of house team. Whoops...... Nearly forgot big little Jeetesh he works on a Monday and is getting more and more confident each day, hopefully we'll have him in a bit more doing some handiwork for the business. He plans to study carpentry so we'll keep him busy.
As for the kitchen staff, it consists of the man himself Pradeep, who likes to switch between the front and back he's the owner, operator and never fails to remember your name/order. Bhavna, our curry chef, who has been here since the very beginning. There's Nilesh and Pravin the kitchen hands and takeaway packing gods. And the ever-humble Dev on the tandoori Oven. He’s the newest recruit but is learning fast, you'll see him working up a sweat in the weekends as he bangs out 100+ naans in a night or threading the tandoori meats over the special Indian style tandoori oven.
So this is who we are presently, our aim is to make you feel as though you are at our home. If ya lucky we may even shout you a beer on takeaway or port at the end of a night. If you see this post remind us! As noted on our home page, we are the very first tandoori Indian restaurant in Tauranga. We’ve been about since 1993, and woahhhh! How this place has changed. We have seen plenty more Indian places pop up in the scene and the town turn into a dining out multicultural hot pot (relative haha). This sort of stuff excites us. It keeps us all on our toes and reminds us of how lucky we are to have you all as part of what gets us up in the mornings.
What else has been happening this month? We’ve had a few home-style curry nights and they’ve all been super popular. So watch this space and our Facebook and you’ll see when we’ll be hosting more. Or even just pop in and ask us about them. The recipes from these nights have usually been put together by our Ba (Pradeep and Usha’s mother) and have been passed down from generations. After each of these nights I will post the recipe on the blog so that you can all have a hand at making it in your own kitchen. There has also
been talk of possibly starting cooking classes (by Usha) but for now this is a good start.
We’re heading up to Auckland this week, and our plan is to visit a few of the restaurants up there, it’s always nice getting ideas from other places and seeing what we can incorporate to our own place. So that’s me for now, as the weeks go by I’ll be posting more ideas and stuff about what we do to keep our little baby (talk of India) and our family busy!!
Chal pasa mayla. (bye for now)
P.S we are nearly all actual family, and those that aren't may as well be.