11 June 2022

Five minutes with Mr and Mrs Bahri, Vanilla Pod Food & Espresso Bar

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Gourav Bahri and Richa Bahri seated at Vanilla Pod Food and Espresso Bar in Wagga

(Left to Right) Gourav Bahri and Richa Bahri, Vanilla Pod Food & Espresso Bar owners. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

Who are Richa Bahri and Gourav Bahri: We’re an Indian business couple.

Best recent dining experience: The best we’ve had recently is G.Thai Restaurant on Baylis Street.

Favourite cuisine:
Richa –
My favourite is Chinese.
Gourav – I eat everything.

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Most embarrassing pantry item: It’s not from the pantry but the most embarrassing we have is sausages.

What ingredient can we not live without? We can’t live without salt and garlic.

Best coffee spot in Wagga: Vanilla Pod, of course!

Next big thing in the Wagga food scene: With the new shopping centre, we want to see more Indian restaurants that cater to street food.

A must-try on our menu: The macadamia pesto pasta and avocado smash.

Hotcakes with ice cream, berries and syrup

Hotcakes at Vanilla Pod Food & Espresso Bar will hit the spot. Photo: Vanilla Pod Facebook.

Our biggest culinary influence:
Richa –
I’ve always been inspired by my mum.
Gourav – Myself and Masterchef.

Favourite cookbook: We don’t have a favourite cookbook but we love watching Masterchef.

Who we admire in the Wagga food and wine scene: We admire Saigon Restaurant on Morgan Street.

What are this week’s specials at Vanilla Pod? Salmon fillet with steamed beans and aioli.

Death row meal:
Richa –
Any meal cooked by my mum.
Gourav – Chicken chillie pasta.

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Our least favourite food: We both don’t like burgers.

Our COVID-19 response: COVID was a tough period for us. It impacted all of us in the hospitality industry, but it is slowly getting better.

Our top three cooking tips. Always cook fresh food. Don’t use frozen food. Use a steel pan for cooking.

Vanilla Pod is open seven days a week. It is located at 4/135 Baylis Street, Wagga.

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