The Queen’s Bali story began at the end of 2004 when the first branch opened in Bali, but the story actually goes back a lot further than that to Jakarta in 1986 when Mr Ramesh and Mrs Sarita created Queen’s of India, Jakarta. Mr Ramesh had come to Jakarta from the Province of Sindh in the late 1940s during the partition of India. His wife, Mrs Sarita, was a graduate of the arts who was – and still is – passionate about cooking. So they decided to go into the restaurant business together and in 1986 they opened Queen’s of India at the Sunlake Hotel in North Jakarta.
During early 2000, a lot of Jakarta-based Indian couples were choosing Bali as their wedding destination and requesting Indian catering from Queen’s of India, Jakarta. Queens would have to fly all of the cooking equipment, chefs and staff over from Jakarta in order to accommodate these requests. Queens already decided that they wanted to expand in Bali so Rmesh & Sarita joined force with Puneet & Neeta and open a Queen’s Indian Restaurant in Bali, which would also be able to take care of the demand for Indian wedding catering on the island. They looked around and chose a prime location in central Seminyak for their first restaurant.
And so, on 8th November 2004, Queen’s Bali was born. They named their new restaurant ‘Queen’s Tandoor.’
With authentic Indian cuisine prepared by Indian chefs, and a superb team of efficient staff, Queen’s Tandoor flourished from day one, proving to be so popular and successful that on 9th October 2008, Puneet and Neeta opened a second branch in Kuta – Queen’s of India at the Bali Dynasty Hotel. This was followed on 14th November 2011 with a third branch – Queen’s of India at Tanjung Benoa, and on 19th September 2012 with a fourth branch – Queen’s of India, Ubud, ensuring that Queen’s is represented in strategic locations in all of the major tourist hubs of Bali.