Our Inspiration, Our Traditions

“Atithi devo bhava” – is an ancient Sanskrit phrase, which translates to “The Guest is God”.

In September 2013,  we began our first venture, with this phrase in mind.

“Sanskruti” is our name, as it is our inspiration. Sanskruti means culture, traditions and heritage. We are hoping that we can reflect these values in our restaurant, our food, and our service. The idea of Sanskruti restaurant first came when we realised that although Manchester has plenty of curry houses serving Indian food, there was no authentic, vegetarian restaurant that serves traditional, home-style food. We found that the variety and ranges of food that India has to offer was missing from most restaurants. The food was good, but not memorable.

Vegetarian and Vegan food, although more and more widely available, is often not done justice in many restaurants. We want people to experience the amazing variety of Vegetarian & Vegan options in the wide ranging Indian cuisine, not just the heat and the chillies, but the real marriage of delicate flavours.

Owner and Head-chef Hemali is a passionate cook, and as the eldest sibling discovered her love of cooking as a child, learning the basics in her home kitchen. Hemali learnt one thing very early – good food quickly brings a smile on people’s face. And this was the key inspiration behind our idea of opening a restaurant. “Atithi devo bhava” – a restaurant, where our customers are more like our guests, and where our food brings a smile to their face – and they leave with a smile on their face.

This is our vision, our motto and our inspiration.

So come along, be our guest, try our food, and hopefully you too will have a smile on your face, and come back as our guest soon.

Next time, we will be exploring different corners of India, and how each face of India has found a reflection in our menu….

Contributor: Heeral Pandya