FOUNDER, OWNER & CEO
Manoj Kathrani, fondly referred to as Mike, the creative mind behind Tamasha Modern Indian, a hidden culinary gem nestled in North Hills, Raleigh. Mike hails from Mumbai, India, and his journey to the United States began in 2001 when he came to Boston to pursue a Master’s degree in Computer Science. In 2013, he relocated to North Carolina. With over ten years of experience in the IT consulting industry, Mike made a courageous decision to transition his passion for enticing flavors and unwavering commitment to customer service into the exciting world of modern Indian cuisine.
At the helm of Tamasha, Mike is the driving force behind a culinary haven where innovation harmonizes with tradition, producing an unparalleled dining experience. His profound understanding of spices, flavors, and a discerning palate have propelled Tamasha into the limelight, captivating food enthusiasts and connoisseurs of modern Indian cuisine. His unwavering aspiration is to earn Tamasha recognition in prestigious culinary accolades such as Michelin and James Beard awards.
Mike’s culinary expertise is just one facet of his multifaceted persona; he is also a devoted baseball coach, imparting his wisdom to budding athletes with patience and mentorship. His coaching philosophy mirrors his approach to business—fostering teamwork, leadership, and a relentless pursuit of excellence.
More than just a business owner, Mike is a community architect. Through Tamasha, he has not only established a restaurant but also a gathering place where diverse cultures converge and conversations flow freely. His unwavering commitment to exceptional customer service has set a new benchmark in the restaurant industry, cementing Tamasha’s reputation for warmth, hospitality, and culinary innovation.
Beyond the confines of his restaurant, Mike is a well-traveled individual, drawing inspiration from his global sojourns to infuse creativity into his culinary creations. His journeys have not only broadened his culinary horizons but also deepened his appreciation for the tapestry of diverse cultures and traditions.
With an unrelenting passion for food, a dedication to community, and an entrepreneurial spirit, Mike’s mission is to continue leaving an indelible mark on Raleigh’s culinary landscape. His story serves as a testament to the power of following one’s passion and embracing the rich tapestry of life’s experiences.