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ADYA brings fresh Indian flavors to Irvine

The award-winning restaurant is set to open its second O.C. location at University Center this summer

IRVINE, Calif. (February 29, 2016) – ADYA, an authentic Indian restaurant that is a reflection of modern India and revolves around fresh, sustainable ingredients, is set to open its second Orange County location following a successful launch in 2014. Chef Shachi Mehra focuses her menu on contemporary interpretations of Indian street foods, tandoori specialties and rich curries.

“ADYA will be a great addition to University Center where diners can now find a really rich and diverse range of cuisines,” said Easther Liu, chief marketing officer for Irvine Company Retail Properties. “We have everything from contemporary Mediterranean and farm-to-table American to fusion Korean and modern Japanese – and now, a fresh spin on Indian flavors.”

The menu combines modern creative and classic Indian styles of cooking, while balancing the bounty of Southern California with the bold flavors and spices of India. Menu favorites include Samosas, Chicken Tikka and Tandoori Shrimp, and also showcase Chef Shachi’s unique spin on the cuisine with dishes such as Watermelon Chaat with fennel, diced red onion, mint and lime vinaigrette, and a warm Naan, stuffed with goat cheese.

At the heart of the menu will be Kebabs from the tandoor, Kaathi Rolls (wraps filled with potatoes, paneer, shrimp, chicken or lamb), and fresh-made Curries. A lesser-seen Indian specialty that Chef Shachi will focus on is Pavs, which are Bombay-style Sloppy Joes, that will feature spiced vegetables, chicken or lamb on butter-toasted buns.

“With ADYA, I set out to present an Indian experience that will allow those who are both familiar and less experienced with Indian cuisine to embark on a delicious, unique culinary journey that emphasizes fresh ingredients and pronounced flavors,” said Chef Shachi, who blends Western and Indian cultures to create artful dishes that successfully marry tradition with modernity. “The casual setting of ADYA makes it inviting and accommodating to a wide range of guests who seek out the rich experiences that Indian cuisine has to offer.”

ADYA will offer a selection of desserts and the drink selection will be true to its Indian roots, with selections such as fresh lime soda, mango lassi, and classic Masala Chai.
ADYA is slated to open in June and will be located at 4213 Campus Drive in Irvine, next to Peet’s Coffee.


Indian-born Chef Shachi Mehra has a passion for creating innovative and thoughtful menus that tastefully balance a variety of flavors to create unique and inspired dishes. An ardent supporter of local farmers and sustainable practices, she takes great care in sourcing her ingredients.
Her early family experiences helped to develop and shape her love of food and appreciation for balance, in flavors and in life. Chef Shachi blends Western and Indian cultures to create artful dishes that successfully marry tradition with modernity.
Chef Shachi has become known for bringing a unique global perspective to her work, which can be attributed to an extended culinary journey through India, Japan and Australia. She has strengthened her skills in some of the most demanding kitchens in this country before opening her first restaurant, ADYA, in Anaheim, California.


The heart of ADYA’s menu features kebabs from the tandoor, kaathi rolls (wraps filled with potatoes, paneer, chicken or lamb), fresh-made curries, and pavs, which feature spiced vegetables, potatoes or lamb on butter-toasted bread. ADYA also offers a selection of desserts and beverages true to its Indian roots including a selection of imported beers, wines and sodas, as well as a classic Masala Chai.

ADYA’s first location is at the Anaheim Packing District, which features communal seating, private boxcar patio, and 10 seats on a wrap-around bar, where guests enjoy a front-row seat to the action in an open kitchen with a view of the tandoor ovens.

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About Irvine Company Retail Properties
With three distinguished shopping centers including Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum Center and The Market Place, Irvine Company Retail Properties also includes 38 neighborhood and community centers with a diverse mix of stores and restaurants. Irvine Company Retail Properties has recently welcomed several exclusive retailers to its portfolio, including Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Sushi Roku, TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Mendocino Farms, Nespresso, Nike Women’s, Urban Decay, Del Frisco’s Grille and more. For more information, please visit