ADYA Adds Seasonal Summer Indian Street Fare

ADYA Adds Seasonal Summer Indian Street Fare

Celebrating the endless summer months, ADYA shifts its focus to lighter menu offerings.  Executive Chef/Owner Shachi Mehra has introduced a new Roasted Corn Salad with tomatoes, fennel, and toasted cumin, and a Bean Sprout Salad with peanuts, cucumber, cilantro, and lime. Those looking to partake in one of Chef Shachi’s curries will be pleased to note that ADYA’s noted Chicken Tikka Masala, a guest favorite since the restaurant opened one year ago, has now become a permanent addition to the menu.

Guests can still enjoy one of ADYA’s perfect-for-summer Chaat Corner favorites, including Bhel Puri, a flavorful combination of puffed rice, cucumbers, tomatoes, and dried mango; and Masala Papad, which boasts local, farm-fresh vegetables and cilantro atop a crisp papadum. Chef Shachi’s menu is reflective of modern India and revolves around fresh, sustainable ingredients, prepared simply.

Bean Sprouts Salad

Bean Sprouts with Cucumber and Cumin

“At ADYA, we utilize the freshest ingredients available, so you’ll see our menu change with the seasons throughout the year,” commented Chef Shachi, whose artfully crafted dishes balance tradition with modernity. “Much of this season’s most flavorful produce comes from local farmers, growers and purveyors, so we’re taking from and giving back to our own community with every dish sold.”

To further promote ADYA’s unique take on traditional Indian cuisine, Chef Shachi hosts a monthly Cooking Class on the third Saturday of the month (dates may vary). The hands-on, interactive culinary demo is held outside on ADYA’s private boxcar patio, where guests in attendance learn to recreate healthy, seasonal favorites. Class availability is limited. To inquire about future classes or to make reservations, please call (714) 533-2392.

Roasted Corn Salad

Roasted Corn Salad with Fennel

ADYA’s menu features local produce and sustainable meats brought to life by the bold flavors and spices of India. Chef Shachi uses her expertise to combine modern, creative and classic Indian styles of cooking. ADYA’s menu also features protein-packed Indian favorites like Chicken Tikka, Tandoori Shrimp, and Lamb Seekh Kababs.

ADYA is located at the Anaheim Packing District (440 S. Anaheim Blvd #201; upper level, across from the main entrance). For more information, please visit

Located within the Anaheim Packing District, the heart of ADYA’s menu features kebabs from the tandoor, kaathi rolls (wraps filled with potatoes, paneer, chicken or lamb), fresh-made curries, and pavs, which feature spiced vegetables, potatoes or lamb on butter-toasted bread. ADYA also offers a selection of desserts and beverages true to its Indian roots including a selection of imported beers, wines and sodas, as well as a classic Masala Chai. In addition to the Packing House’s communal seating, ADYA features 10 seats on a wrap-around bar, where guests will enjoy a front-row seat to the action in the open kitchen with a view of the tandoor ovens, as well as 30 seats on their private boxcar patio.

Indian-born Chef Shachi Mehra has a passion for creating innovative and thoughtful menus that tastefully balance a variety of flavors and make cuisines appealing to a range of tastes. An ardent supporter of local farmers and sustainable practices, she takes great care in sourcing her ingredients.

Her early family experiences helped to develop and shape her love of food and appreciation for balance, in flavors and in life. Chef Shachi blends Western and Indian cultures to create artful dishes that successfully marry tradition with modernity.

Her professional journey began after meeting Chef Bruce Johnson, hailed by the New York Times as a premier chef. He extended an invitation for her to spend a day prepping in his kitchen at Trap Rock Brewery in New Jersey. It was her first encounter with a professional kitchen and after only a few hours, she knew she had found her life’s passion. She was offered a job on the spot, and she went on to work in pastry and garde manger for the next year.

She went on to meet Chef Floyd Cardoz of Manhattan’s legendary Tabla and Bread Bar, where she was given the opportunity at the restaurant’s garde manger station. Ultimately, she was appointed Head Cook at Bread Bar, which had a popular open kitchen. Being “on stage” for clientele was a fantastic learning experience, as she had to manage the kitchen and supervise the line cooks, while simultaneously interacting with guests.

Chef Shachi has become known for bringing a unique global perspective to her work, which can be attributed to eight-month culinary journey through India, Japan and Australia. Upon her return, she went on to sharpen her skills in some of the most demanding kitchens in this country. She served as Sous Chef at the award-winning Bombay Club in Washington, D.C.; opening Sous Chef at Bocanova, a successful Pan American restaurant in Jack London Square in Oakland, CA; and Executive Sous Chef at Junnoon, a modern Indian restaurant in Palo Alto, where Chef Shachi was named one of five ‘Rising Stars’ by Gentry Magazine. Prior to opening ADYA, Chef Shachi received great press and acclaim as the opening chef at Tamarind of London in Newport Coast.

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