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Eating Out - June 17, 2022

Back to basics

Rasa owner ditches Michelin star, reopens as casual Indian bistro

by Anthony Shu

Ajay Walia left the lucrative worlds of finance and tech 20 years ago to open a restaurant and spread awareness of the diversity of Indian cuisine. He wanted guests to forget images of steam-table buffets. Winning a Michelin star at his south Indian restaurant, Rasa, in 2016 should have authoritatively proven his success. So why on June 7 did Walia close down the Burlingame restaurant to reopen it as a second location of his more casual restaurant, Saffron?

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