ADYA INDIAN RESTAURANT
Chef/Owner, Shachi Mehra
Street Food that Balances the Bounty of California
ANAHEIM PACKING HOUSE DISTRICT
“Our passion is About Small Operators.
It’s About Personalization, not Homogenization”,
Shaheen Sadeghi, Operator, Anaheim Packing House
By Kay Schroeder
Anaheim. CA(Perfect Meal Today)3/20/15/–Beginning in 2014, Orange County has seen a whirlwind of activity in the number of trendy, open-air, mall-type restaurants and bars that have popped up, with several more scheduled to open in the next few months.
Often called “clusters”, this concept has caught on like a firestorm, and has become wildly popular with a wide range of customers, especially young adults.
The common denominator of these upscale food courts/eateries is the communal ambience designed into the layouts within the buildings. The casual, friendly atmosphere has proven to be very conducive to customers mixing and mingling. Restaurants included in these “clusters” are Anaheim Packing House, Anaheim; Pacific City, Huntington Beach; Fourth Street Market, Santa Ana; and Union Market in Tustin.
The Anaheim Packing House District’s ADYA Indian Restaurant’s Executive Chef/Owner, Shachi Mehra, had intended to complete her studies and become a doctor. However at the age of 21 she got a job at Trap Rock Restaurant and Brewery in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. Immediately she realized that her true passion was not medicine; it was food and cooking.
Chef Shachi believes in sustainability practices and buying from local farmers/suppliers whenever possible. Her extensive knowledge of Indian culture and foods has allowed her to meld them and California cuisine with such deftness that she has earned the recognition of the two prestigious magazines. She was selected as the Rising Star by Gentry Magazine, and named Queen of India by the Orange County Riviera Magazine.
Shachi’s creation, chipatti with lamb provided the perfect wrap-sandwich for a light lunch, reminiscent of the warm spices used extensively in the cuisine of exotic India. While not certain of the exact spices used in this wrap, typical Indian spices/seasonings include cumin, coriander, cardamom, mustard, mango powder, ginger, asafetida, fenugreek, chilies, turmeric, tamarind, curry leaf, coconut milk, kewara water, cashews, almonds, pistachios, and the most expensive spice in the world, saffron. No wonder the foods of India are so tantalizing to the taste buds.
Whenever you are in the mood for a lunch or dinner that will transport you out of the ordinary dining experience, do give ADYA’s a try. ADYA Indian Restaurant is located in the Anaheim Packing House District at 440 S. Anaheim Boulevard, Suite 201, Anaheim, CA. ADYA Restaurant hours: Tuesday thru Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., closed Monday. Phone: (714) 533-2392. Parking is plentiful and without charge.
Try to allow enough time on your visit to browse through the unique gift shops on both floors of the building. Be sure to pick up copies of the menus and flyers offered at each business so you can plan your next trip to the Anaheim Packing House District.
Restaurants/Bars/Lounges at Anaheim Packing House District:
. ADYA Indian Cuisine and Street Food
. Anaheim Brewery – Beer Garden/Tasting Room, Packard Building
. Black Sheep Grilled Cheese Bar – Wow!
. Blind Rabbit – Speakeasy, Crafted Cocktails
. BXCR – Underground Wine Society
. Buy ‘N Bulk – Small Snacks (nuts, etc.)
. Cafecito Organico – Coffee Roasters, Artisan Style
. The Chippy – Fish and Chips
. Crêpe Coop – Assortment of Crêpes, Tea and Coffee
. Dark 180 – Gourmet Chocolate Bar
. ECCO – Neopolitan Wood Fired Pizza
. Georgia’s – Soul Food
. Hammer Bar – Work Hard, Play Harder
. Hans’ Homemade – Ice Cream, Frozen Desserts
. Iron Press – Local Beers, Waffles
. Kettlebar – Southern Seafood, Drinks
. The Kroft – Comfort Food
. Lemon Drop – Juice Far, Smoothies
. Orange Tei – Sushi
. Popbar – Gelato on a stick
. Rolling Boil – Hotpot Dishes- Fresh Local Ingredients, Unique Cooking
. Sawleaf – Vietnamese Foods
. Umami Burger – Burgers Like You have Never Had Before, Packard
. Wheat & Sons – In-house Butcher, Charcuterie, Awesome Sandwiches
Located at 440 S. Anaheim Boulevard, Anaheim CA 92805, the Packing House is open daily for juice and coffee at 9:00 a.m., and at 10:30 a.m. for lunch and dinner; the bars are open until midnight. Additional information may be found at: www.anaheimpackingdistrict.com
287 S.Robertson Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211