In 2005 I moved to Portland and took over the kitchen at Family Supper, an intimate communal dining space on the East side. There I served a family-style, seasonal menu directly to the guest. There were three sets of hands, those of the farmer, the chef, and the diner.
Seven years later, after many twists and turns, I opened Bollywood Theater, a large, boisterous restaurant specializing in Indian street food. We’ve since expanded twice and often serve a thousand people in a day. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished, but I’ve missed the immediacy and intimacy of that first Portland kitchen.
Churchgate Station is a return to the family-style dinners I enjoyed in the past. We will serve the eclectic, seasonal and regional food of the Indian sub-continent, food rarely seen in Portland. It’s a place where I can invite chefs I admire to cook with me. It’s a place to hold cooking classes and even the occasional brunch. Churchgate Station is a blank slate, ready to be explored. I hope to see you soon.