Once in a while, you have the opportunity to witness the exceptional at work. Take interesting people with complementary skills, a shared passion for food, culture and people, who lead a team of talented and dedicated professionals—what you get is a restaurant such as Sanjeev Kapoor’s Khazana.
Meet husband and wife, Shailesh and Rashmi Gangwani, the owners of Khazana. The Milton restaurant opened its doors to diners on Thursday, but the Gangwani family has been preparing for this moment for years. Shailesh and Rashmi Gangwani take pride in introducing Chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s Khazana in North America.
Khazana isn’t like anything else in this niche. A dine-in establishment, Khazana means “treasure” in Hindi and Urdu. Presenting traditional Indian flavours, aromas and food foundations, which are pre-plated and fused with contemporary, global ingredients, a visit to Khazana is meant to unfold like a story, which celebrates the treasures of authentic Indian cuisine and the magic of quality time spent enjoying beautiful, flavourful foods with friends and family.
This is the Gangwani family’s dream. The menu is designed by world-renowned Chef Sanjeev Kapoor.
“We eat food with our five senses,” says Rashmi Gangwani, “We wanted to redefine Indian food. Spicy doesn’t mean hot, we want to show our guests the real Indian taste and flavour while creating ambience and an ideal standard of service.” The restaurant is designed by their son, Shreyas Gangwani who is in his third year studying engineering and business at McMaster university. He designed the interior to incorporate/marry rich traditional hues with modern finishes for a contemporary look.
Rashmi Gangwani goes on to talk about the warm welcome they have received in Milton. She remarks about the community, about how many Miltonians have already reached out to them. “We saw right from the start that Milton is a warm town to live in where the people are close-knit…We want our food to be easy to understand and to make people happy.”
It is a pioneering concept in Indian cuisine. The food is delivered to the table. It is colourful, artistically presented and the aromas wafting from the dishes are perfectly nuanced—some recognizable smells blending with new and interesting profiles. Traditional flavours are layered with hints of the unexpected; the feast of elegant, stylized items is genuinely enchanting.
Rashmi Gangwani credits her husband with his passion for food as the leader in their operation. But like all great teams, it is her skills which round out the pair’s dynamism. Rashmi Gangwani has earned a master’s degree in marketing and economics. She is also a great conversationalist, insisting that we sit and chat and that I take my time enjoying the dishes they’ve placed before me (even though it is their opening weekend!).
I look forward to becoming a regular at Khazana, located on Maple Avenue near the Galaxy Cinema in Milton, www.sanjeevkapoors-khazana.ca.