Meet our Restaurant Manager at Rasoi Indian Kitchen – Silviu Stanciu

At Rasoi our staff are the key ingredients to the success of the restaurant and leading the team at Rasoi Indian Kitchen is Silviu Stanciu our manager of three years.

When you meet Silviu you can see within minutes that he is well-suited to this role and his drive to give each diner the “Rasoi experience” shows through.

So lets get to know Silviu a little better and try to understand what make him “tick”.

 

Why did you choose the hospitality industry as a career?

I’ve always enjoyed working with people and an opportunity came available at home to start working in a restaurant. Years later I still enjoy working in this industry and I have been able to travel and experience other cultures and countries due to it. I’ve worked here at Pontlliw for three years, I worked for a year as a waiter, then was promoted to Restaurant Manager.

Where did you work before coming to Swansea?

I worked in a tourist resort about 150 miles from home called Constanta in Romania. It’s a very pretty city on the Black Sea, with lots of history and a huge port. I managed a very busy Italian Restaurant called Sabroso. I also worked in a seafood restaurant in the same resort.

Who has been the greatest influencers in your life?

Or course, my family, their faith and support in me have allowed me to achieve everything I have.

Also the owners of Rasoi, Jas and Suki, gave me this opportunity to run the restaurant and knowing that I have their support is key.

What’s your favourite place in Swansea?

I love Swansea Bay, the sweep of the bay reminds me of some of the coastal towns at home in Romania. When I do have some time off, I visit Rhossili Bay and Worm’s Head. I can loose myself walking across the beach, the scenery is very special. I’ve even walked out to the tip of the worm!

What sport do you like to watch, football, rugby or cricket?

Football of course, with the world cup on television now, I have to record a lot of the matches and watch them after service. Back home I support the national Romanian team. I’m very disappointed that they didn’t make the world cup finals, which I’m sure everybody else feels the same about Wales.

My club side is Steaua Bucuresti, I haven’t seen them play live for a few seasons, but I’ve watched the Swans twice this year. I also support Manchester United, so when they play the Swans, I don’t know who to support! We won’t have that problem next season.

What’s the best Welsh ingredients you cook with?

I enjoy using wine in my cooking, Glyndwr wine from a vineyard near Cowbridge is good. I’m looking forward to visiting there soon.

What’s your favourite comfort food?

We eat a lot of pork in Romania, so I have to say my mother’s pork and vegetables. It’s like the UK’s roast Sunday lunch, a tradition that you can’t do without.

But my mother’s chicken soup and homemade chocolate cake are also my favourites.

I do enjoy a Romania beer called Ciuc. You can buy it in the UK and it reminds me of home.

When I cook for myself, I do love a steak with sautéed potatoes and a glass of red wine.

What’s your favourite dish on the current Rasoi menu?

Tandoori Lamb Chops with the current wine of the month – An Italian red called San Giorgio, Montepulciano D’abruzzo Venezie.

Have you any Romania friends in Swansea?

Yes I do, my brother now lives in Swansea, so I have part of my family here. I have a great group of Romanian friends living nearby and we spend a lot of time together on the beach or enjoying the bars on Wind Street.

Do you have any past times?

I think you can tell I’m football crazy, I played for years in my local team back home with my brother. I have played a lot of handball and tennis in the past. I think I need to join a five-a-side team here in Swansea, I miss playing a lot.

Where have you been or worked that made you go “Wow”?

I visited Athens on holiday two weeks ago and stayed at a retreat and spa. The place was fantastic, palm trees on the beach and superb facilities. A great place to unwind and relax.

 

Thanks Silviu.

Voting now open for 2018’s Swansea Life Awards

It’s that time of year again for Swansea’s prestigious red carpet event – the Swansea Life Awards 2018.

Voting has now opened, so if you have enjoyed a visit this year to Rasoi Waterfront or Rasoi Indian Kitchen, please take a minute to vote for us in the restaurant category by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/r/slawards18.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our staff who work tirelessly each day to give every diner the Rasoi experience.  We could not do it without you.

For everyone who votes for us, thank you, we really do appreciate your support.

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Visit us Wales’ largest wedding fayre this weekend

This weekend sees The Welsh National Wedding Fayre come to Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall.

Rasoi Catering, our sister business will be exhibiting on both Saturday and Sunday at this FREE entry event.

So if you’re planning your big day why not book a FREE taster menu session for two at one of our restaurants, where we can demonstrate how our food can reflect your theme and help create a perfect event?

If you are planning your big day and want a celebration with a difference or require an evening buffet we would welcome the opportunity to discuss how we can bring the Rasoi touch to your special day. We work alongside the key venues across the region to deliver our carefully crafted menus which are prepared by our award winning chefs.

If your event is in 2018, don’t worry as we still have certain dates available and would welcome the opportunity to discuss your requirements.

Ten days until Father’s Day. It’s only around the corner!

Join us at Rasoi Waterfront or Rasoi Indian Kitchen on 17th June to celebrate Father Day’s.

Every dad who joins us on the day will receive a FREE Cobra beer.

Every dad is special in his own way, whether they like a spicy Chicken Madras, a traditional Lamb Balti or he likes to nibble on Rasoi’s famous Lamb Chops, there’s something for everyone.  If there’s going to be little ones in your party, don’t worry we have a children’s menu and are more than happy to find something they like.

It’s going to be a busy day for us so booking is essential.

Pupils flock to SA1’s Rasoi’s Waterfront

Pupils and staff from Grange Primary, West Cross, Swansea had an enlightening visit to the award winning Rasoi Waterfront restaurant at SA1’s J Shed recently.

Owner’s Jas & Suki Kullar welcomed the visitors to the prestigious waterfront restaurant with a fun filled programme for the Year 4 pupils to enjoy.  This included, food and drink cookery demonstrations, brief talks on the history of certain Indian foods, whilst also seeing how a busy restaurant operates.  The most popular part of the day was the making of the items previously demonstrated, the first being a traditional naan bread.  Pupils made two breads which could be filled with various tasty ingredients, included keema meat, garlic, coriander and coconut.   The second item made by each pupil was an Indian yogurt based fruit drink called a Lassi, using strawberries, raspberries or a mango. 

Each item produced was judged by Rasoi’s head chef and restaurant manager, with the top three in each category wining a trophy for first prize and a medal for second and third places.  Competition was fierce, but no one went home empty handed, with each pupil receiving a voucher to return back to the restaurant for a free meal. 

The teaching staff from Grange, Mrs Gully, Miss Maskell and Mr Booth even had a go at making these items, but none of these made it through to the judging.

The visit culminated with twenty-eight Year 4 pupils leaving the restaurant with no appetite for their school lunches on their return, but with smiles all round. 

Jas Kullar, commented, “It was such a pleasure to welcome these pupils from Grange Primary to our restaurant.  We hoped they learnt a lot about Indian cookery, how to use quality ingredients and best of all, how good it tastes.  After a brief demonstration how to make these two popular dishes, we were all very impressed with the quality of items being produced by the children.  Their enthusiasm and attention to detail was great to see.

Every pupil was a credit to the school and their parents.

If any of them need a job in the future, please come back and see us, but it might be quiet some time until this happens.”

Kiss on the lips

Everyone can have a ‘Kiss on the lips’ this Valentines Day at Rasoi. We’ve come up with the perfect love potion to make sure everyone, even the singletons amongst us, gets a piece of the action.

Our brand new ‘Kiss on the lips’ cocktail combines Prosecco, Cointreau and Vodka.
To give this cocktail a real punch right from the start. Mixed in with orange juice and Grenadine the fruity flavours will have you falling in love over and over again.

Kiss on the Lips

To finish, off the edge of the glass is covered with luscious red sugar to give every mouthful the perfect sweetness.

So whether you’re loved up this year or still searching for that special someone come and try ‘Kiss on the lips’ and see the magic it can work for you!

Why Seafood goes so perfectly with Indian flavours

Seafood is a cuisine that’s a favourite of food lovers the world over. Many people think that Indian flavours can overpower fish, but in our dishes we pride ourselves on finding the perfect balance between the two. We use fresh and local produce whenever possible and as we are so close to the beautiful Gower coastline we have an abundance of fresh seafood right on our doorstep.

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Cocktails at the Waterfront

The great thing about the world of cocktails is that it’s so varied, it’s almost impossible to not find one that you love. Some people like theirs fluorescent and sour, others prefer dry and crisp and some love it fruity with an umbrella on top! Whatever it is you love about cocktails, our brand new menu is sure to be able to satisfy you!

We’ve picked out a few of our favourites below, with a little bit more about what makes them so special.

Mojito

This minty classic is bursting with freshness. Ours is packed with mint leaves, fresh lime juice, rum and lemonade. We add a sprinkle of sugar and pickled ice to finish it off. One of the most popular cocktails in the world, you can’t go far wrong with this one!

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Strawberry Daiquiri

Another classic cocktail, our Strawberry Daiquiri contains Bacardi, Cointreau, strawberries and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Again finished with a sprinkle of sugar and pickled ice, the Strawberry Daiquiri is bursting with sweet flavour and is the perfect party starter!

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Margarita

The Margarita dates back to the 1930’s and it’s no wonder it’s still alive and kicking today. Tequila, Cointreau, lemon juice and salt combine to make this a really crisp and fresh cocktail. The Cointreau helps to balance the margarita without taking anything away from the tequila, the perfect partnership!

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