Manisha Patel, owner of Around the World Market, has partnered with longtime Cary resident Shaila Pandya to open Sukhadia’s Indian Cuisine in the space adjoining Patel’s west Raleigh ethnic supermarket. The first North Carolina location of a chain with multiple locations in India (where it’s very popular, according to Pandya) and four in the the U.S. (two in New Jersey, one each in Chicago and Los Angeles), Sukhadia’s is part vegetarian/vegan restaurant, part specialty market.
The counter service restaurant features a cafeteria-style selection ranging from samosas, pakoras, chaat and other light bites to filling samplers such as the Gokul thali, which includes two subji (aka bhaji, fritters featuring the vegetable of the day), lentils, peas pulau, dal, chapati, pooran poli (a sweet flatbread), raita, pickle, salad, a sweet dish, and salty lassi. A small dining area offers a handful of tables for dining in.
Sukhadia’s other attraction takes the form of an Indian specialty foods shop offering all manner spicy and savory snacks and a dazzling assortment of sweets. Combined with the ethnic grocery next door, the shop transforms the little west Raleigh strip mall into a prime one-stop shopping destination for anyone looking to prepare an Indian feast. It doesn’t hurt that you can grab a quick bite to eat while you’re at it.