and Ankit Upadhyay have worked in the restaurant business for years, but is their first restaurant. To celebrate the one-year anniversary, they asked the public to join them for free appetizers on Saturday afternoon.
Kumar and Upadhyay met each other working for in Mountain View. Kumar worked there as a chef, and Upadhyay was a server.
"[Kumar] is the one who put his heart and soul" into the restaurant, said Upadhyay, who does a lot of the support and administrative work.
The creativity comes out in the dishes, a blend of Indian fused with other cuisines. On Saturday, dessert was crème brûlée with an Indian twist.
"I think they have a lot of fun in the kitchen," said customer Landon Curt Noll of Sunnyvale, who comes about once a week.
"I like how they add those extra touches," he said of the presentation of the food, that can spice up something as common as spring rolls.
Chef Kumar prides the restaurant on serving healthy food, using as many local ingredients from California as possible, consciously reducing heavy fats or oils.
But mostly, he said, he just wanted to create, "a good upscale restaurant for Milpitas."