Popular Ponsonby restaurant Sidart is rolling out the red carpet for a very special birthday celebration next month, as it celebrates 10 years of innovative fine dining.

Chef Sid Sahrawat and his team are preparing a one-off Sunday lunch on Sidart’s 10th birthday – Sunday, September 15 – and it promises to be a memorable meal. Diners will enjoy canapés and a five course tasting menu, which includes a glass of champagne on arrival and a koha box of the Sidart team’s favourite foodie items.

The menu will showcase some of Sahrawat’s favourite progressive Indian dishes presented in the chef’s famously precise and elegant style, while the koha box will feature plenty of quality items for diners to enjoy at home, including ghost chilli pickle, Sidart’s sourdough bread, Lot 8 olive oil, and other surprise treats.

And as Sidart turns 10, the restaurant is celebrating further by introducing an à la carte menu, a move that’s consistent with the menu structure found at the other two establishments in the Sahrawat stable, Cassia and Sid at the French Cafe.

Diners will be able to choose between the à la carte menu (canapés, mains and desserts) or the five or seven-course discovery (tasting) menu at Sidart. Wine matching will be available for either option.

And with more than 10 main dishes on offer – from Scampi chaat, spiced yogurt, tamarind, and pomegranate to aged duck with duck pickle, celeriac and Kerala sauce – there will be something to tempt every taste with a selection of snacks and desserts also available.

Sid says he and his wife, Chand, can’t believe how quickly 10 years have flown since Sidart first opened its doors.

“The dining scene has changed so much in the past decade,” he says. “We opened, survived a recession, expanded the restaurant footprint and now have two dining areas. It’s also been more than a year since our move to Progressive Indian cuisine at Sidart.

“Chand and I very grateful to our diners – old and new – for their support and we can’t wait to see what the next 10 years bring.”

Sidart’s 10th birthday lunch on Sunday, September 15 costs $200 per person with one koha box per two diners. Reservations can be made for this one-off birthday celebration by emailing the restaurant at reservations@sidart.co.nz.

Meanwhile, the new Sidart à la carte menu comes into effect from Tuesday, August 6. Reservations can be made online or by emailing the restaurant. To view the new a la carte menu click here or to make a reservation click here.

Sidart is open Tuesday – Saturday for dinner and Fridays for lunch. The five course discovery menu costs $120 per person, the seven-course menu $170 per person. For more see www.sidart.co.nz.

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