By Naushad Khan
Local entrepreneur Sunil Krishnan is spicing things up in the Western Cape with his chain of Indian restaurants called Moksh Indian Restaurant. Moksh means Freedom or Liberation and to attain the highest level of satisfaction.
With well established branches all across the Cape Winelands, Sunil recently opened the latest Moksh Indian Restaurant in the peaceful suburb of Welgelegen, much to the delight of the local residents who seem to have fallen in love with his exotic Indian creations, which include delicacies such as paneer pakora, chicken malai tikka, tandoori chicken, seekh kebabs and a range of delicious lamb dishes.
We caught up with Sunil recently to taste some of the dishes and were impressed with the quality and taste of the food at Moksh.
Tell us a little about Sunil Krishnan.
I’m originally from Mumbai, and studied at Mumbai University. I’ve been a sportsman all my life. I played Badminton for Western Province. Words that sum me up are: positive attitude, and honest intentions.
What made you go into the restaurant business and where did it all start?
I’ve always been with friends who owned restaurants, I have a deep love for Indian Cuisine and I saw an opportunity. It’s a people business, which is perfect, because I love meeting people from different walks of life.
The Western Cape is known for its phenomenal cuisine offerings. How does Moksh fit into the scene here?
Moksh fits in just amazingly, as it’s the best cuisine with the right kind of wine, especially with most of my restaurants being in the Winelands.
Why did you choose the five locations you settled on?
No one ever thought of going so far, and I just thought there was a gap which could be filled in with the right quality Indian food. Indian cuisine and wine is a perfect combination for an absolute dining experience.
When we visited the restaurant, our starters included a non-veg platter that included samoosas, Chicken Tikka and Seekh Kebabs. Chicken tikka is available on many menus and I must admit that these were done just the right way – well spiced and cooked to perfection.
The mains that we chose included everyone’s favourite, the Butter Chicken; a Lamb Rogan Josh; and for the brave, we did order a Lamb Vindaloo. Now it is common knowledge that a Vindaloo is a hot dish and this preparation did not disappoint at all. In fact it was well cooked with a balance of spiceness and just the right strength of heat from the chillies used in it.
The chef did serve a mixed veg dish that had everyone on our table asking for more. It was the star of this dining experience and I will go back for more. Moksh serves a variety of freshly made naan breads and rotis to accompany the dishes.
You will find all the details for Moksh Indian Restaurant at www.mokshrestaurant.co.za.