About us


Sid at The French Café is a partnership between husband and wife team, Sid Sahrawat, executive chef and Chand Sahrawat operations manager. They are assisted by restaurant manager Craig Lovie, and Lesley Chandra, head chef. 

Sid and Chand Sahrawat bought the iconic French Cafe in September 2018 from its previous owners. They intend to honour the more than 20 year old legacy handed over to them and maintain the high standards of food and service The French Cafe has become known for.

Sid at The French Cafe is an independently owned, family run business, just like Sid and Chand's other renowned restaurants Sidart and Cassia.

Restaurant Manager Craig Lovie

Restaurant Manager Craig Lovie

Craig has had over 25yrs experience in the hospitality industry, starting in Hotels at a young age, then progressing through to working for seven years at the iconic French Café. He also has experience working alongside Sid and Chand managing sister restaurant Cassia before he took over the reins again at Sid at The French Cafe.

Craig has always been passionate about good food and wine accompanied by excellent service, where he is hands on with the staff at Sid at The French Cafe to continue this high level of hospitality.

Head Chef Lesley Chandra

Head Chef Lesley Chandra

Lesley Chandra is the Head Chef for Sid at The French Cafe. Originally from Fiji Lesley moved to NZ in 2001 he went to Avondale college and then gained a diploma in cookery, At Hotel Chefs Training School. 

In 2015 Lesley became the head chef at Cassia and helped Executive Chef Sid Sahrawat create its eclectic modern Indian menu. After 2 years at Cassia Lesley and his partner Lucia travelled to the UK and Lesley worked as Junior Sous Chef at Typing Room in East London. NZ lured them back as the couple wanted to start their family in Auckland. Lesley is now the head chef at Sid at The French Cafe, working with Chefs to come up with new techniques and apply them to the menu.  

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