Luxurious new Indian restaurant dazzles Woodlands with chic vibes

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A new hotel group aims to elevate dining at The Woodlands with its first restaurant. Amrina will be the first concept of Kahani Social Group, a new company of two brothers: hospitality veterans Preet Paul Singh and Surpreet Singh.

Scheduled to open this spring in the former Kona Grill space in the Woodlands Waterway, Amrina (Hindi for Princess) will dazzle diners with chic decor and a lively setting that goes from an upscale restaurant to a high-energy environment with DJs on weekends. The restaurant design will include a main dining room, lounge bar, indoor-outdoor bar, private dining area, and a chef’s table in the kitchen that will host bespoke tastings.

To run the kitchen, Kahani recruited Chef Jaspratap “Jassi” Bindra to serve as both Amrina’s Executive Chef and Managing Partner for Kahani Social Group. The chef brings experience from both hotels in India and the Punjab Grill restaurant in Washington DC, which received a solid two and a half star rating from Washington post critic Tom Sietsema.

“From the moment I started chatting with the Kahani Social Group team, I knew we would create something amazing together,” Bindra said in a statement. “I am delighted to join a team that is not only open to creating a revolutionary restaurant adventure, but is as passionate as I am about this mission.

Bindra envisions a restaurant where different areas serve different styles of cuisine, according to a representative. For example, the tapas bar will offer cuisine inspired by street food, while diners will have tasting menus at the chef’s table and in the private dining room. The main dining room will feature classic Indian dishes made with high quality ingredients like premium beef and sustainable seafood.

General manager Giorgia Ferrero comes to Amrina after stints at Smith & Wollensky and Sorriso, an Italian restaurant at the nearby Westin hotel. He will oversee daily operations as well as the restaurant’s wine list.

By working together, the chef, manager and owner should bring something different to the bustling suburb. While Amrina may be Kahani’s first concept, the group plans to open up more projects in the future.

“With my brother and my background in the restaurant industry, we know what customers are looking for,” added Surpreet Singh. “And, with the chef’s culinary expertise, we know our team will go out of their way to create the best atmosphere, menu, and overall social experience.


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