Meet the Team
We strive to recruit the best and brightest minds in the industry, to bring you the food that you've grown to love so much, as only the best is good enough for Namaste Delhi !
The proud owner of Namaste Delhi comes from Bodh Gaya, Bihar, a place of enlightenment and deeply carved traditions, the very place from where Buddhist philosophy spread out all over the world and gifted humanity with a new perspective of life and, remarkably enough, of afterlife.
Rajesh has 16 years of experience in the oil and gas industry as a pipeline engineer but had always the ambition to bring the Indian food, traditions and authenticity of Indian culture and culinary practices to Aberdeen. He has always had a keen interest in cooking for himself, his friends and family members, proudly taking the time, the patience and care in mixing the right spices, flavours and aromas of the Indian subcontinent in a dish.
It is due to this passion, seasoned with a sharp business acumen and entrepreneurial disposition that he put his mind and soul into the culinary business. After a steep learning curve and a challenging process, Namaste Delhi opened its doors to both national and international clients.
Its purpose is to provide the highest quality culinary experience, which is tasty and healthy according to the Indian home-style recipes. It offers an innovative concept of Indian food, skilfully translated into tapas to get people to taste various flavours instead of only one dish. Namaste Delhi is committed to provide the best customer service to its clients and it offers a variety of exotic cocktails to accompany the tangy gastronomic options.
Rajesh had the inspiration to get a glimpse of original Indian cuisine to Aberdeen so that people can have a taste of the closest version of authentic, traditional Indian homemade food and he welcomes everyone to Namaste Delhi to enjoy a “Taste of India”.
As a young man Toms was brought up to value experiences over possessions and he has brought this mantra into his work – trying to give every guest the best experience possible! His work life has taken him away from his homeland in Latvia to the Mediterranean shores of Cyprus, to Celtic Aberdeen, where he leads our ambitious restaurant as if it was his own.
Apart from being our resourceful restaurant manager, Toms is also a dexterous mixologist and bartender, adding a distinctive touch to the zesty cocktail menu, putting his own inventiveness every time to give his customers that special extra exotic dash. He also masterfully leads our signature cocktail classes when our customers have the opportunity to learn all about cocktails and drink their own mixture.
Toms strives to make each customer’s culinary experience both educational and enriching, showing that Namaste Delhi is so much more than just beer and curry – always pushing the limits and bringing new flavours to the table.
As a manager Toms is also in charge for the recruitment, ensuring employees are competent and skilful, other than being colourful as our food, with the people serving you coming from all over the globe!
Rajan Sapkota, originally from Nepal, is our signature chef and he is the one who makes the magic in the kitchen!
Rajan always had a hobby to cook for others, in fact since childhood he used to call his friends and family to taste his homemade new dishes. His ambition and skills led Rajan to make a career out of this passion.
After gaining his HND in Hospitality industry at the Edinburgh Telford College (Edinburgh College), Rajan gained valuable experience at first as an Italian Chef and then in Sheraton Grand hotel and spa in Edinburgh where he cooked a variety of British dishes.
He subsequently moved to Glasgow where he worked as Indian chef, putting all his previous experience at work.
In June 2018 he moved to Aberdeen where he gained an MSc Tourism and Hospitality management at Robert Gordon University (RGU). He took on enthusiastically the opportunity to work for Namaste Delhi Restaurant where he put all his knowledge, background and skills into every tapa, daring to offer new recipes, and startling his customers with adventurous flavours and aromatic essences.
Rajan is also eagerly and masterfully leading our signature cooking classes enjoying teaching people to create new dishes according to Namaste Delhi recipes and proudly presenting our homemade style Indian tapas for people to share and enjoy.