Rajesh Singh Rawat – Indigo Restaurant

The continued success of Indigo comes down to the team, and one person in particular who is raising the bar for their cuisine.

Originally from New Delhi in India, Rajesh has been living in Napier for two years and in that time has been running Indigo’s kitchen as head chef.

Rajesh says he is passionate about cooking and food and loves nothing more than introducing people to his style of cuisine.

“Indigo is well known for our authentic Indian food, but also for our Indo-Chinese fusion dishes. I love cooking for people who enjoy my craft.”
Indigo is owned by Shaun Bates and Paul Anderson, who after more than 30 visits to India decided to open the restaurant in 2012.

It’s a favourite dining spot for locals and visitors alike and has won numerous awards for its food including 5 Star Indian Chef Indian Hotel Group, Hawke’s Bay Best Ethnic Restaurant 2017, People’s Choice 2017 and 2018 and Beef and Lamb Excellence award three years straight.

Indigo also has an enviable selection of more than 700 whiskies, 200 wines, 1000 spirits and 40 beers.

Living and working in Napier suits Rajesh. “Napier has great people, sunshine and a relaxed environment. There’s so much diversity and culture – I enjoy every day in this beautiful little city.”

Words by Sarah Cameron – www.sarahcameron.co.nz

Photos by Florence Charvin – www.fotographiebyflorencecharvin.co.nz