Feast on the tastes of India

Local residents with a taste for Indian food have a new option.

Local residents with a taste for Indian food have a new option.

India Feast opened for business this week at 3235D Gaetz Ave.

The space previously housed Yan’s Restaurant, which closed a month ago.

The owners of India Feast are Gaurav Tyagi and Virender Kumar, both of whom have worked in the restaurant industry for a decade.

Kumar, who was born in Himachal Pradesh in northern India, apprenticed as a chef and moved to Canada in 2007.

Tyagi, who is from New Dehli, apprenticed in hotel management before moving to Canada in 2008.

Both men worked at hotels and restaurants in India, with Tyagi also cooking in Dubai and Qatar.

They met in Calgary, where both lived and worked. Tyagi came to Red Deer to work at a restaurant a year ago.

Kumar followed two months ago, after his friend told him about the opportunity to take over the Yan’s Restaurant premises.

“I came to Red Deer and liked the place, so then we decided to buy it,” said Kumar.

India Feast has an extensive menu that includes appetizers, tandoor dishes, meat and vegetarian entrees, rice and biryani, breads, desserts and beverages.

“We know how to cook everything here,” said Tyagi, who will oversee operations in the kitchen with Kumar.

Tyagi said he’s pleased with the restaurant’s location near the busy intersection of Gaetz Avenue and 32nd Street, and thinks Red Deer will be a good market.

India Feast is open seven days a week, with buffet service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday to Friday. Menu dining is offered from 4:30 to 10 p.m. on those days, as well as from 4:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturdays.

Take-out and delivery service is also available.

Additional information about the restaurant, including its menu, can be found online at www.indiafeast.ca.