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Fine dining Indian restaurant Amrut Fusion is now open in Chesterfield

Nestled between Syberg's Chesterfield and the Old Spaghetti Factory at 17392 Chesterfield Airport Road is Chesterfield’s newest Indian fusion restaurant, Amrut Fusion. The restaurant is the brainchild of Karunakar Mandadi and Anis Hyderabad House owner Anil Jukanti.

Amrut Fusion opened in January 7, serving dishes like chatpata nachos, peri peri chicken wings, dosa quesadilla and more; however, the owners aim to ensure their restaurant has something that appeals to everyone, particularly children.

“So, at every Indian restaurant, our kids are never satisfied – there's something missing," Jukanti said. “You go to an Indian restaurant, kids don't like our Indian food. We serve pasta, we serve burgers, and the kids who come here are happy because it's a kid-[friendly] menu, [with] a kid's menu available. And whatever the American kids eat – pasta, spaghetti, sandwiches – we all have it here, but with an Indian twist.”

They also aim to please both international and local guests. “We wanted to satisfy both the crowds,” Mandadi said. “So that's how we came up with all of this, and we're still working on [improving] the menus.”

Unlike their past projects, Mandadi and Jukanti wanted to create a fine dining experience for patrons. That includes a separate enclosed dining room for bigger parties, sound-dampening panels on the walls for added privacy, and plans to open offer patio seating once the weather warms. 

They’ll also offer live music after 10:30 p.m. “Once the fine dining is done, that's when the live music starts, so that way it doesn't disturb the families,” Mandadi said. 

Peruse the menu and patrons will notice familiar dishes like brisket and ribs; however, at Amrut they are not beef or pork, but rather lamb. Mandadi explained that since many South Asians don’t eat beef, they wanted to create something familiar that could be enjoyed by everyone. And every dish is made fresh to order with no frozen ingredients.

Each freshly made fusion dish can be paired with the more than 50 types of bourbon that Amrut offers. “I'm not an expert in the bourbon area, but we're trying to cover almost everything from the bourbon to pairing of the foods,” Mandadi said. In addition to the vast bourbon selection and other spirits, there are also plenty of wines, draft and bottled beers, mango lassi and faluda.

The 6,100-square foot restaurant features wood and brick details with leather seating. There's room for 125 guests on the fine-dining side and 70 on the bar side of the space. Amrut opens at 11 a.m. daily, closing at 1:30 a.m. every day except Sunday when it closes at midnight.

In Sanskrit, the word Amrut translates to “nectar of immortality.” Follow Amrut Fusion on Instagram and Facebook for updates.