Featured Article: New Indian restaurant rocks Riverside

Food at Jungle and Caves Fusion Indian Restaurant Café
Food at Jungle and Caves Fusion Indian Restaurant Café
Food at Jungle and Caves Fusion Indian Restaurant Café

Riverside’s brand-new Indian restaurant, the delightfully named Jungles and Caves is making waves with its unique blend of spices setting them apart from other Indian restaurants in the region.

Owner Jatinder Singh, or Goldy as he is happy to be called, has certainly done the hard yards to get himself into a position to own and operate a restaurant, he is a fascinating character with a fascinating story. Born in busy Punjab in Northern India, Jatinder’s love of food and hospitality has taken him to Singapore where he earned a Diploma in Hospitality and worked in various busy restaurants, move to the Gold Coast where he completed a master’s degree in international tourism and hotel management at Southern Cross University, before moving south of the border to NSW where he managed a busy restaurant for about 2 years.

In 2018 Jatinder and wife Rajni (or Rose if you prefer) made the move to Tasmania, initially spending time in Hobart before realising that the North is a far better option!

He quickly found work in his adopted home at Launceston favourite, Sweetbrew Café before becoming a co-owner of popular Indian restaurant, Bajra, out in Longford.

When an opportunity presented itself to open a restaurant in Riverside, Jatinder embraced the opportunity and opened Jungle and Caves Fusion Indian Restaurant Cafe on the West Tamar Hwy, Riverside.

‘We strive to put a big emphasis on healthy food,’ said Jatinder, ‘the thing with each Indian restaurant is that each is unique in its own right. There is a narrative behind each one and a reason they are different. Our major emphasis is on recipes! We blend our own spices, and every sauce has a unique taste, our curries are not so sweet because we use less sugar for example, our dishes use less oil, and we use locally sourced meats and ingredients with the spices imported directly from India. Our focus is on creating clean, tidy food and healthy eating for our customers,’ who he says, ‘are very decent people and have a great knowledge of Indian food, and a great love of Indian restaurants.’

It seems that in order to run a successful Indian restaurant one has to be a perfectionist, what we diners may take for granted would likely have taken years of training and study to perfect.

Jatinder was quick to say that he is very grateful for all the local support and feels that the community has ‘embraced’ his restaurant. Like any new business he is still ‘auditioning’ trading hours and has made the call recently, not to trade for lunch times but rather focus all his energy on the busy evening trading period between 5pm and 9pm. ‘We are open 7 days a week, 5-9pm and a little later on Friday and Saturday evenings too.’

This decision not to trade afternoons has freed Jatinder and his staff up to focus on the busy catering industry during the day. ‘We are already serving our great friends at Legana Cricket Club’ with our delivery/catering service and we would like to use this opportunity to present to any other businesses and sporting clubs etc that we are able to accommodate all your catering requirements whether it be for a corporate or sporting event. We can cater for you whatever the event,’ he said.

‘We are on Uber Eats, Menulog and are serving a lot of the suburbs close to our restaurant but we can also deliver from Launceston to Exeter and beyond, please just call us to enquire.’

Jungles and Caves has a fully stocked bar offering a large selection of locally made wines.
There is a great story behind the name Jungles and Caves which customers can ask Jatinder about themselves! But the story here is of a friendly and passionate individual from India, who along with his wife, now proudly calls Northern Tasmania home and has put it all on the line as it were to replace a previously unused building with a thriving Indian restaurant and catering business focussing on healthy, fresh and delicious Indian food. Locals will not be disappointed with the prices which are extremely reasonable for such outstanding food options.

Jungle and Caves Fusion Indian Restaurant Café is situated at 401 West Tamar Hwy, Riverside 7250
Please visit www.jungleandcaves.com for full menu Telephone: 03 6327 1968 After hours: 0452 570 114
Email for catering enquiries: jungleandcaves@gmail.com

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