When Sashi Singh moved to the U.S., he knew he wanted to keep doing what he loved – cooking.
On the heels of more than a decade of working in a restaurant, he was definitely up to the task.
“For 16 years, I worked at a steakhouse in Belgium,” said Singh, who lives in Brentwood with his wife, Chandani. “When I moved here two years ago, I wanted to keep cooking for people, so I opened my own business.”
At Kathmandu Bombay Clay Pit, Singh serves authentic Nepalese and Indian food, crafted from recipes handed down through the generations.
“My favorite part of owning a restaurant is the cooking,” said Singh. “It is very satisfying to make these meals myself, using recipes from my parents and grandparents. I try to keep everything as original as possible, without letting other tastes and styles influence the food.”
So far, his undertaking to keep his food as genuine as possible is meeting with rave reviews.
“(I went to Kathmandu Bombay Clay Pit) on a date night with my beloved husband,” said Nydia S., a Brentwood resident, in an online review. “There was a nice, decorative setting and ambiance, with clean, quiet and comfortable atmosphere. The food was spectacular, with no frills of excess salt and seasonings to cover up other stuff and potential to clog arteries. The total of our meal was under $30. Our server, Jackie, was fantastically attentive and helpful, adding to the enjoyment of our experience. Our food arrived quickly and hot, with just enough flavor and size for a ‘yummy in the tummy.’ I highly recommend this nice little restaurant if you’re looking to try authentic Indian cuisine with a pleasant atmosphere.”
As for Singh, he is certain that anyone who tries his dishes will become a fan.
“The public response to the restaurant has been very good; we’ve even seen the mayor and his wife in here, and they seemed to like the food,” he said. “If you try it one time, it will quickly become a favorite.”
Among some of the eatery’s most popular dishes are the butter chicken, tikka masala and coconut curry, which is served with chicken, prawns or lamb. They also offer a lunch buffet; dinner; takeout with online ordering; free delivery to Antioch, Brentwood, Discovery Bay and Oakley; and a happy hour menu, with $4 or three-for-$10 chicken or vegetarian pakoras, vegetable samosas and papadams, as well as $4 draft beers.
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