EASTERN Shore restaurateur Jarnail “Jimmy” Singh says diners at his popular Indian restaurant Dawat The Invitation have become more than just customers – they’re like family and friends dropping in for a meal.
Mr Singh opened Dawat The Invitation in early 2018, and over the past five years it has earned a reputation as one of the state’s finest Indian restaurants.
“People love our food and our customer service,” he said.
“I like to come out and talk to the customers and make them comfortable, share my recipes and knowledge with them. People are welcome to come into the kitchen and see what we’re doing.
“If I’m not too busy, I’m happy to ask diners what they’d like and I’ll make them something special, which makes us a little bit different than others.
“I love to introduce unique dishes. We have delicious dishes that are very hard to find at other restaurants.
“I try to make customers happy, so they don’t feel like they’re coming to a restaurant – they’re coming to see friends and family.”
Renowned for its authentic, flavoursome curries, Dawat The Invitation also caters to vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diners; and offers an extensive wine list and the option to BYO. The family-friendly restaurant also features a large indoor playground for kids.
Dawat The Invitation represents good value for money – menu prices haven’t gone up in three years, despite the rising cost of ingredients.
Mr Singh has noticed a recent downturn in trade, and hopes the community will support his business during a difficult time.
During the COVID lockdowns, Mr Singh cooked up to 400 free meals each Thursday for more than two months, handing them out to anyone in need.
He also prepared and delivered dozens of meals for hard-working staff at the Royal Hobart Hospital.
“In our culture, our tradition, we are taught that if you see someone going through a hard time, you go and help them,” he said.
“People really appreciated it. Some would make a donation, and we’d put that money towards making the next week even bigger.
“In my religion, we help a lot of people – there’s a Sikh temple in Cambridge and each Sunday there is free meals for anyone who comes.”