Restaurants key icon.
Restaurants key icon.

Monday5:00 – 9:30 pm.

Tuesday5:00 – 9:30 pm.

Wednesday5:00 – 9:30 pm.

Thursday5:00 – 9:30 pm.

Friday12:00 – 9:30 pm.

Saturday12:00 – 9:30 pm.

Sunday12:00 – 9:30 pm.

90 Federal Street, Auckland CBD

09 379 9702

Fans of one of Auckland’s finest restaurants, Cassia, breathed a sigh of relief when the much loved contemporary Indian restaurant reopened within the SkyCity precinct. After the flooding events of early 2023, Cassia’s premises on Fort Lane were damaged to the point of needing to relocate, and just a short eight weeks later, the doors opened at its new, permanent home. 

Cassia’s present housing is reminiscent of the Cassia we all knew and loved: fun, cozy and warm, with a kitchen lending itself to cooking with charcoal powered tandoors - a tool so essential to the iconic flavour of Cassia’s food. There are some additions, however, but in the pursuit of sustainability and to retain a sense of familiarity, much of the old fit out was carried across. 

Anyone who has been to Cassia knows there is a focus on respecting the traditional flavours of Indian cooking whilst marrying them to seasonal New Zealand produce and modern cooking styles. The idea blossomed from lazy afternoons spent in the kitchen. Sid would be whizzing up a confit duck leg or quail while Chand worked her wonders making a traditional Indian curry. The magical pairing made Sid and Chand question why there wasn’t a restaurant offering this kind of food in Auckland, and in 2014 Cassia arrived on the scene. 

Cassia challenges perceptions about what Indian food is and what it’s meant to be. The team at Cassia are passionate about introducing people to new flavours and extending palates with their innovative dishes. Over time, the lamb chops have become nothing short of legendary, and a few years ago, when the Delhi Duck was rotated off the menu, customers demanded it returns permanently. Vegetarians swear by the roasted carrot and vindaloo. If the choice is too much, opt for the ‘Journey menu’, a degustation that invites visitors on a regional tour of India and showcases the differences within Indian cuisine. 

It wasn’t closed for long, but for locals, it felt like forever, though fortunately, the much loved Cassia is here to stay.

Words by Nicole Mudgway & Photography by Jerome Warburton

Information not correct? Report an error


90 Federal Street, Auckland CBD

Nearby Places


Plates of food next to a menu that sees 'Culprit' in black and white.
Place Auckland
Restaurants key icon.

Tucked away up a narrow central Auckland staircase lies Culprit, a trendy and sophisticated inner city hideout serving nostalgic New Zealand cuisine with a modern global edge.

Best Ugly Bagels Auckland

Bagels in bulk in the oven.
Place Auckland
Cafes key icon.

Another culinary gem hidden in the labyrinthine City Works Depot.

Depot Eatery

Green bar stools.
Place Auckland
Restaurants key icon.

Al Brown’s Depot has the foot traffic to keep their tables stocked, but not the clamor of the main drag so you can actually hear yourself think.

The Kimchi Project

Entrance to the Kimchi Project.
Place Auckland
Cafes key icon.

Offering Korean-inspired breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner with a menu full of delicious surprises.

Similar Places

Williams Eatery

Customers dining inside a brightly lit cafe.
Place Auckland
Cafes key icon.

Williams Eatery is one of the stalwart eateries of the centrally located Wynyard Quarter in Auckland.


Bestie exterior.
Place Auckland Editor's Pick
Cafes key icon.

A very good addition to Auckland’s ever-burgeoning café scene.


The cream interior of a large restaurant space.
Place Auckland
Restaurants key icon.

Very few big city eateries pull the masses all hours of the day, seven days a week, but at much loved Amano, this is simply the reality.

Orphans Kitchen

Interior of restaurant.
Place Auckland
Bars key icon. Restaurants key icon.

Effortlessly cool and utterly lacking in pretension, Orphans Kitchen is one of the greatest contributions to the Ponsonby Road renaissance.