Keeping The Heritage Alive At The Ashiyana

The restaurants opens on Sunday from 6pm-9.30pm and Monday - Saturday from 11:30am - 2:30pm. and 6pm-9.30pm
23 Feb 2019 17:17
Keeping The Heritage Alive At The Ashiyana
Third from left: owners Dhruv and Chandra Morris with the staff of Ashiyana on February 21, 2019. Photo: Karalaini Tavi

Keeping the tradition of the Old Town Hall Building in Suva while giving a modern twist will be the theme of the newly renovated Ashiyana restaurant.

From what started out as a small restaurant known as Curry House, owners, Dhruv and Chandra Morris have expanded their business to what it is today.

Now $350,000 has been invested into the renovation of the top floor of the restaurant that is expected to open in March.

About the Business:

It has always been a family business.

Mr Morris followed his great grandfather’s footsteps, Damodar Givan and ventured into the restaurant industry.

Mr Morris and his wife opened the first Curry House in Suva in 1988 but by 1992 the building they were at was sold so they had to relocate.

Fortunately Mr Morris was able to secure a small space at the Old Town House Building which is where they are today.

The shift of Curry House to the centre of Suva, gave way for Mr Morris to open the Ashiyani restaurant.

Specialising in authentic South Indian dishes which were consumed by the Moghul dynasty from India in the early 1800s,.

It has a cozy and relaxed atmosphere offering Tandoori curries, particularly Tandoori Lamb, Roghan Josh (cooked in oil at intense heat) served with Rice or Naan (a leavened, oven-baked flatbread) and a number of other delightful and zesty selections.

Mr Morris said it has always been his dream to open an Indian Cuisine restaurant.

Mr Morris said despite a few challenges along the way they managed to keep the business running for 20 years.

“We have been here for more than 20 years since 1992 when we had Curry House and this is a dream come true for us,” he said.

“Challenges are there when you are trying to open any restaurant which is an ongoing thing like building materials and labour it all takes time.

Their daughter, Neha Morris, who also grew up with the business, said coming from New Zealand to Fiji , they are aware of the friendly people here which is an added advantage to their service.

Neha now lives in New Zealand but came back to Fiji to help her parents with the expansion.

“Since 1998, we are one of the oldest tenants and we have been after this place since for a very long time,” she added.

“We try to ensure that the building does not lose its old heritage but at the same time add a more modern twist.

“Though it is not the colour or the way I would have liked but it is a heritage building so want to keep it as the way people would enjoy it.

“As a child, I’ve have grown up with the restaurant and see the Old Suva Town Hall Building as it, will help also in our services.”

The restaurants opens on Sunday from 6pm-9.30pm and Monday – Saturday from 11:30am – 2:30pm. and 6pm-9.30pm


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