Show 452, November 20, 2021: Chef Imram Ali Mookhi, Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen, Fullerton

Imran Ali Mookhi of Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen

Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen in Fullerton is a 100% Halal restaurant featuring high-end Desi cuisine paired alongside a menu of alcohol-free crafted mocktails from the award-winning Chef Imran Ali Mookhi. Built on the mission to highlight global cuisine in an elevated and elegant way, Khan Saab’s menu offers bold entrees made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Since its inception, the concept has been recognized by several regional publications and in 2021 was awarded the Plate and Bib Gourmand awards, respectively, by the prestigious Michelin Guide.”

“Chef Mookhi and his partners opened Khan Saab in the lively Downtown Fullerton, CA neighborhood in early 2020. A culmination of cuisines from Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan are elevated at this eclectic 100% halal eatery with an elegant vibe. In his tenure as a chef, Mookhi has trained under numerous Michelin-starred chefs in world-class kitchens. His take on traditional Indian flavors have since earned him national recognition at high caliber concepts including Tantra on Sunset, Tamarind of London in Newport Coast, Dosa, and most recently Tumbi, in Santa Monica. Now, Chef Ali and Khan Saab restaurant hold its very own Michelin recognition resulting from years of hard work and a dedication to the team’s vision of bringing high-end Desi cuisine to the West.”

“The menu at Khan Saab consists of carefully crafted dishes using high quality ingredients sourced from local vendors, including a 100% halal Australian Wagyu Bone-In Tomahawk Steak, a cut that is so rare and priced at $150 that guests must call ahead to order and ensure availability. Other favorites include Chicken Tikka and Pomegranate Bhel Puri – authentic street food served on crackers with rice puff peanuts, vermicelli mint, tamarind chili, and garlic chutney. Guests can also opt for a selection of top-quality skewerless Tandoori Jhinga and Smoked Salmon Kabobs, the latter of which is presented in a smoke-filled dome, continuing the smoking process at the table for guests to marvel.”

“The cuisine is complemented by a craft bar program, featuring Desi-inspired alcohol-free mocktails, which at the concept’s inception was the first of its kind in Southern California and fourth in the nation. The innovative mocktail menu features non-alcoholic, handcrafted cocktails including the Smoked Negroni with rose syrup and Palo Santo bitters, the Mango Mojito, and Peshwari Mule, as well as traditional Mango Lassi and lychee “mimosas.””

Chef Ali Mookhi takes a break from the tandoor oven and joins us.


Show 354, January 4, 2020: Executive Chef Tony Esnault and Restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi, Knife Pleat at South Coast Plaza Part One

Tony Esnault and Yassmin Sarmadi of Knife PleatKnife Pleat in South Coast Plaza’s Penthouse, Level 3, was one of the most eagerly anticipated restaurant launches of last year. It’s an elegant and approachable French restaurant with an appealing (and unusual) garden patio helmed by Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi, who are well-known from the Los Angeles culinary scene with Church & State and Spring. The couple’s chic new restaurant at lunch and dinner showcases modern, seasonal interpretations of classic French techniques by Esnault, one of California’s best French chefs.

“The husband-and-wife team is regarded as a powerful force in Southern California’s culinary scene, having partnered on their previous Los Angeles-based French restaurants, Spring and Church & State. Spring mesmerized critics by using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients to create a cultured tasting tour of the south of France. Church & State, under Sarmadi’s ownership, was named as one of the inaugural Michelin Guide California’s 2019 Bib Gourmand establishments.”

We’ll meet the dynamic husband-and-wife couple of both Chef Tony & Restaurateur Yassmin.