Life, in all its masala

Life, in all its masala

Sanjeev Sharma is a simple foodie with the Midas touch

Sanjeev Sharma, the owner of Rave Café, arrived in Sydney in 1997. A hospitality professional with a MBA from CQA and a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management from India, Sanjeev has worked not only in Australia and India, but also the Middle East, Europe and New Zealand. His first venture was a restaurant called Khana Khazana, which he opened in New Delhi in 1993. Since then he has opened a few restaurants like Aroma Indian Cuisine in New Zealand in 2003, Mother India Restaurant in Sydney in 2009 and currently runs Rave Cafe that opened in 2009. He also started the Masala at Bondi Junction in 2007.

Sanjeev comes from a family of business owners and hence has always had the acumen to run his own business. These inherent skills enabled him to start his first overseas restaurant in New Zealand in 2003. “One of my biggest challenges was running Masala at Bondi Junction,” says Sanjeev. “As it was located in a shopping mall there was a lot of competition around. That’s when I decided to introduce the ‘healthy food’ menu, which is uncommon for Indian cuisine,” adds Sanjeev. But eventually that proved to be his point of difference and with competitive pricing of the product he made a mark. Sanjeev sees taking over Mother India and running it successfully for six years a very satisfying and rewarding experience. Under his supervision it went on to become an iconic Indian restaurant in Sydney.

Sanjeev believes in keeping things simple and tailoring the tastes of the dishes to suit his customers’ palate. He is an active member of his community and has been contributing to Hills Shire in many different ways. In 2012, he helped raise $24,000 for Bundaberg flood victims through charity dinner at Mother India.

Sanjeev has another dream food project which will be launched this month. “Something coming your way, something to look forward to” is all he will say about it at the moment.

Sanjeev Sharma, the owner of Rave Café, arrived in Sydney in 1997. A hospitality professional with a MBA from CQA and a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management from India, Sanjeev has worked not only in Australia and India, but also the Middle East, Europe and New Zealand. His first venture was a restaurant called Khana Khazana, which he opened in New Delhi in 1993. Since then he has opened a few restaurants like Aroma Indian Cuisine in New Zealand in 2003, Mother India Restaurant in Sydney in 2009 and currently runs Rave Cafe that opened in 2009. He also started the Masala at Bondi Junction in 2007.

Sanjeev comes from a family of business owners and hence has always had the acumen to run his own business. These inherent skills enabled him to start his first overseas restaurant in New Zealand in 2003. “One of my biggest challenges was running Masala at Bondi Junction,” says Sanjeev. “As it was located in a shopping mall there was a lot of competition around. That’s when I decided to introduce the ‘healthy food’ menu, which is uncommon for Indian cuisine,” adds Sanjeev. But eventually that proved to be his point of difference and with competitive pricing of the product he made a mark. Sanjeev sees taking over Mother India and running it successfully for six years a very satisfying and rewarding experience. Under his supervision it went on to become an iconic Indian restaurant in Sydney.

Sanjeev believes in keeping things simple and tailoring the tastes of the dishes to suit his customers’ palate. He is an active member of his community and has been contributing to Hills Shire in many different ways. In 2012, he helped raise $24,000 for Bundaberg flood victims through charity dinner at Mother India.

Sanjeev has another dream food project which will be launched this month. “Something coming your way, something to look forward to” is all he will say about it at the moment.