“We bring to Kismet Modern Indian the same commitment to excellence that our customers have come to know and love from us. Kismet will reach even more diners and broaden our influence while we continue to elevate the impression of Indian cuisine.”

– Sachin Mahajan

Ajay Kumar

Executive Chef
Executive Chef Ajay Kumar has trained for his position leading a kitchen since he was a child cooking alongside his mother. Chef Ajay brings years of training and an artist's eye to his job leading the kitchen at Kismet in addition to the Michelin Bib Gourmand recognized, Karma Modern Indian in Washington, D.C. Having trained under well-known chefs from India and Japan, Chef Ajay appreciates fresh and flavor-packed ingredients. Firmly believing that people "eat with their eyes first," Chef Ajay meticulously prepares his dishes down to the final exquisite detail. A talented artist not only in the kitchen, but Chef Ajay also creates impressive works of art using oil and acrylic paints on canvas. A true artist at heart, Chef Ajay seeks to replicate one of his paintings and create a dining experience that appeals to all of the senses and leaves diners with a new impression of Indian cuisine.

James Cattaneo

General Manager
Kismet General Manager, James Cattaneo, brings a wealth of experience with him as he takes the helm at Kismet Modern Indian, bringing his talent to the team behind Karma Modern Indian in downtown Washington, D.C. Born in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, James has called the D.C. area home for over 12 years, with the past six years overseeing restaurants in Old Town Alexandria. James has honed his skill at managing the front of the house operations. His welcoming smile and positive approach to hospitality has served him well. He relishes not only getting to know his guests but also building a strong team around him, allowing his colleagues to grow and feel confident in executing their duties and being a productive member of the Kismet family. In his free time, James enjoys hitting the links at the local driving range and visiting local breweries ~ he’s always ready for the next challenge. James is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. a

Christian Richardson

Bar Manager
Christian Richardson, a wizard behind the bar, will oversee the drinks program at Kismet Modern Indian as well as its sister restaurant, Karma Modern Indian. A D.C. native, Christian worked as a bartender at Karma before a recent stint as master mixologist at Doyle in the Dupont Circle Hotel. Prior to that, he also spent time at Crimson, a restaurant and whiskey bar inside the Motto hotel by Hilton. Christian is a dedicated and skilled member of the team — and a creative genius in the art of cocktails. He is a proponent of using only the freshest ingredients, including house-made syrups, tinctures, and garnishes whenever possible. Christian is especially fascinated by the versatility of bourbon and gin and uses these often on his seasonal menus. When enjoying a day off, Christian likes to settle in with a well-made daiquiri in his hand.

Sachin Mahajan

Managing Partner
Sachin Mahajan brings his enthusiasm for hospitality and strong passion for Indian cuisine daily to his role as Managing Partner at Kismet Modern Indian. With an MBA in international business and a strong background in finance, Sachin and his team successfully executed on the vision of presenting Indian cuisine with a contemporary flare and have been since promoting the cuisine with healthier and freshly made dishes unlike the traditional fare. Sachin graduated from Monash University in Melbourne Australia and completed his Global MBA from the University of North Carolina. Sachin spent 15 years in international finance before becoming a restaurant entrepreneur. Together with his business partners, Mahajan has created dining experiences that uplift Indian cuisine.

Ricky Singh

Business leader, digital executive, and entrepreneur, Ricky Singh developed a vision for a restaurant that both honored and elevated Indian cooking. As an IT executive specializing in the Internet of Things, creative and unique applications of the traditional is something, Ricky handles in his daily life. The skill of conceptualizing new and innovative ways to use everyday objects has been the theme of Singh's career. Together with his business partner, Singh conceived the idea of a restaurant that took traditional Indian dishes and cooking techniques and applied unique and surprising ingredients and flavors to those Indian dishes. The concept of Karma Modern Indian arose from the idea of modernizing Indian flavors. With a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University in Information Systems Operations Management, Singh has spent most of his career developing and creating innovative IT systems helping to create products that integrate technology and everyday living into smart systems.

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111 North Pitt Street, Alexandria Virginia

P: 703.567.4507
E: contact@kismetmodernindian.com

Hours of Operation

Monday & Tuesday:
Wednesday & Thursday
Lunch: 12:00pm – 2:30pm
Dinner: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday
Lunch: 12:00pm – 2:30pm
Dinner: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Lunch: 12:00pm – 2:30pm
Dinner: 5:00pm – 9:00pm

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