Taj Mahal in Samoa

By Ilia L. Likou ,

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THE TEAM: The Taj Mahal staff with business owner, Auimatagi Rai (fourth from right).

THE TEAM: The Taj Mahal staff with business owner, Auimatagi Rai (fourth from right). (Photo: Iliā L. Likou)

Samoa now has its own Taj Mahal.

Located at Togafu’afu’a, it is the second Indian Cuisine Restaurant and Bar in Apia.

Business Owners, Auimatagi Rai and his wife Fatima told the Samoa Observer that the restaurant encompasses a wide variety of regional and traditional cuisines native to India.

“We offer (many) Indian food and we’ve also got some traditional food and varieties of delicious menu to choose from at very low and affordable prices,” Auimatagi said.

 “So everyone is invited to come and select from our menu, our staff are now ready to serve anyone at any time.”

Auimatagi said the food is not just for Samoans but it also for tourists who travel the world looking for genuine Indian cuisine.

The restaurant has taken a lot of hard work to set up.

 “It has taken me six months to set up this restaurant and it hasn’t been easy but I’m happy it has finally opened.” 

CHEFS: Gul, Abdul, Auimatagi Rai and Khan.
CHEFS: Gul, Abdul, Auimatagi Rai and Khan.

“For now, I’m looking forward to sharing the food we have with our customers and we welcome their feedback on how we can improve the experience.”

The restaurant is opened from Tuesday to Saturday everyweek.

It also opens on Sundays from 5pm to 11pm.

“We also want to hear from people to keep us going all the time. I believe that feedback (from customers) is valuable information that will be used to make important decisions for the business.”

Auimatagi is originally from Pakistan and he has four children with his Samoan wife, Fatima.

“We would like to open more branches in the future, but that all depends on positive feedback from the people.”

Auimatagi employs twelve staff including two chefs from overseas.

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