Meet Surinder “Pal” Sroa

surinderLotus Cuisine of India is one of several Indian restaurants in Marin County run by Surinder Sroa and his family. Surinder, or Pal as he is called by his friends, was born in India and grew up in the grocery and spice business. Surinder and his wife Linda Sroa, their son Jyoti and nephew Amba created this eatery in 1998. Pal has been a resident of Marin County since 1987 and feels privileged to run the best Indian restaurants in Marin. Surinder is also very proud to have many members of his family helping to make the Lotus Family of Indian restaurants the very best in the San Francisco North Bay.

Words to Live BySurinder’s favorite book is Words to Live By: Short Readings of Daily Wisdom by Eknath Easwaran.

cumin seedsAs a chef and restaurant owner Surinder is a wizard with spices. His favorite spice? That would be cumin.

Cumin seeds are rather potent. They have a pungent aroma, that can greatly enhance a dish beyond the ordinary. It has a prominent role in Ayurvedic medicine. It has numerous health benefits and works well in curries and a variety of other dishes.

Of all the dishes that Surinder has created and served to his legion of happy customers, his favorite is Saag Paneer, that delicious North Indian vegetarian combination of greens such as spinach (saag) and fresh cheese (paneer).

Try Saag Paneer at Lotus and you’ll be hooked as well.

Drake BeachAs a longtime San Francisco Bay Area resident, Surinder’s favorite spot is in beautiful Marin County. Drakes Beach is far out West in Point Reyes National Seashore. If you’ve never been, you owe it to yourself to go see the cliffs at Drakes Beach!

Maybe someday Surinder will find a way to open up a small cafe and sell tasty appetizers to beach goers at this spectacular spot on the Pacific Ocean.

As many people in our community already know, Surinder’s favorite activity outside of work is simply helping other people. He firmly believes in Karma, so he would rather be giving than receiving because he knows that what goes around, comes around!

Karma is also why Surinder’s favorite holiday of the year happens to be Thanksgiving. The Lotus Family of Restaurants has a longstanding tradition of opening their doors on Thanksgiving to feed the hungry, the needy, and anyone in the community who simply wants a free meal. Surinder has been featured in local newspapers and TV for his extraordinary commitment to his community.

Hero and Zero

In 2016 Surinder was chosen a HERO OF MARIN by Pacific Sun magazine for his generosity.

Our Locations

Lotus Chaat 1559 4th Street, San Rafael Lotus Cuisine of India 704 Fourth Street, San Rafael Cafe Lotus 1912 Sir Francis Drake, Fairfax Leila by the bay 1991 Railroad Ave, Hercules

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Our Hours

Tuesday to Saturday :
11:30 AM - 9 PM
Sunday 11:30 AM - 8 PM
Closed Monday

We take Visa, Mastercard, and Discover for a minimum check of $15; otherwise, cash only

Contact us

Lotus Chaat & Spices
1559 4th Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

Tel (415) 454-6887

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For reservations please call us in the restaurant at tel 415 454 6887. Feel free to leave a message and we will call you back to confirm your reservation.
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Indian Street Food Restaurant and Indian Grocery Store in the West End of San Rafael, Marin County, CA
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