Chef Gayethri Selva Passage Thru India

Gayethri Selva, Head Chef – Passage Thru India

Gayethri Selva

Gayethri Selva, head chef at Passage Thru India, shares her abrupt launch into cooking as a career and some of her favourite food pairings.

What do you do and how did you get into the industry?
I’m a chef in my family-owned restaurant. One hectic day at the restaurant, I went into the kitchen to help out with dispensing the orders. I went in again the next day, and the next, and never left after that!

What’s the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is being able to work with so many exquisite fresh spices and passionately come up with such mouth-watering dishes.

What’s your favourite food and beverage pairing?
Biryani and Coca Cola! That spicy and gassy combination makes my mouth water just thinking about it! Try it.

What’s one of the scariest things you’ve seen behind the scenes?
One of the scariest things I’ve seen is when one of our commis chefs slipped and fell on the kitchen floor. Poor guy was bawling while holding his left arm. We rushed him to the hospital and realised he had actually fractured his arm from the fall.

What does Gayethri Selva do for fun?
I bake! It’s my stress buster. I take orders for celebration cakes! And also started baking with my 5-year-old daughter. It’s too much fun! I also love hosting tea parties and dinner parties for my family and friends at home.

What’s something you’d like guests to know about Passage Thru India?
Our restaurant, Passage Thru India, is more than just mere Indian food. Our outlet is unique, one of a kind, and I assure you it’s an experience you will truly enjoy and treasure. Our food is made from the love of cooking and serving authentic deliciousness to our customers. Our walls tell you endless stories of our founder’s adventures.

What’s your view on the food scene in KL?
The food scene in KL has grown so so much, and it’s incredible! We’re spoilt for choices.

What’s in store for you when things return to normal?
Oh, we have plenty in store! From chef-curated nights to scrumptious new dishes from different parts of India, wine and jazz night, many more!

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  1. Passage thru India is my most favourite Exquisite restaurant. The food and the ambiance is simply fantastic. Now I realse the reason for the greatness of The food …..good cooked and served lovingly

  2. Eeeekkkk!!! The poor guy in the kitchen! I had a slight fall once too – my elbow hit the upper step on a staircase and I broke my arm…but at a theme park in the peninsula, not in the kitchen.

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