A new and very welcome addition to the culinary scene in Pinecrest is the Indian restaurant Ayesha.
Ayesha owner Mike Hussein says he waited for more than three years for what he calls “the perfect Village location” to become available. He says he wanted a site large enough to serve the Pinecrest community with corporate events and Indian-style entertainment.
Hussein has a rag-to-riches story and is the personification of the American dream. He emigrated from Bombay 27 years ago and began life here selling ice cream on the street in front of the Flagler Station mall. Today he runs four successful restaurants, the others located in Key Biscayne, Palm Beach and Jupiter. Husain’s dream is to open more restaurants in Miami and maybe even develop a franchise to pass on his passion for Indian food.
Patrons can expect a gastronomical delight in this unique and charming restaurant. The flavors of Bombay are mixed with the spices of southern India. Classic Indian dishes are found on this menu, items such as tandoor fish, shrimp, lamb and naan breads. Ayesha even offers an excellent wine selection, as well as chilled Indian beers Taj Mahal and King Fisher.
Ayesha’s chef, Arvind Kumar, is a family member who loves to whip up his specialty, the Slumdog Millionaire, a simple but delectable chicken tika marsala.
Hussein says he wants to give his customers a personal touch and his concept is “on the spot” cooking using only the freshest of ingredients.
“Everything is cooked with love and nothing is pre prepared,” he said.
Hussein is passionate about cooking and running his restaurant where he works 16- hour days. He adds that the restaurant is named for his daughter.
“I believe anything is possible with hard work and passion for what you do,” he said.
“America is still the land of opportunity!” Ayesha is located at 13025 SW 89 Place.
For information, call 786-732-4480.