ITHACA, N.Y. — A new Indian restaurant, Shahi Pakwan, has opened up in Downtown Ithaca.

The restaurant is owned by Chef Chur Singh who is working with his son, Raajinder (Raaj). Singh is originally from Punjab, India, but lived in Reno, Nevada, for 15 years where he honed his culinary skills.

Singh has always dreamed of opening a restaurant, Cyndi Guy, marketing manager for the restaurant said.

The new restaurant is located at 401 E. State St., tucked around the corner in the Gateway Center in Ithaca in the former Sticky Rice spot. They officially opened Aug. 1.

The name Shahi Pakwan means royal dish, or food fit for royalty.

On the menu, there are all types of dishes available, including chicken, shrimp and lamb dishes, biryani, tandoori specialties and a new addition to Ithaca’s Indian food scene, Dosas, a South Indian-style crepe traditionally filled with potatoes and onions and served with a coconut chutney and sambar (lentil soup.)

Shahi Pakwan is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. They also have a lunch buffet every day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They don’t have a liquor license yet, but plan to feature wine and beer soon, their Facebook page says.

Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Featured image of courtesy of Shahi Pakwan Facebook Page.

Kelsey O'Connor

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