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16 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings of 2018

By Jeremy Repanich - 01/04/2018

“The James Beard Award-winning sommelier and winemaker Rajat Parr is teaming up with chef Jessi Singh of Babu Ji in San Francisco and New York to create an Indian restaurant and wine bar in this town on California’s Central Coast. Two of Parr’s wine labels—Domaine de la Cote and Sandhi—are made nearby in Lompoc and draw from vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills.”


Bibi Ji, Jessi Singh and Rajat Parr’s Indian Wine Bar, Debuts Friday in Santa Barbara

By Mathew Kang - 01/31/2018

“...Singh and Parr, who both now live in Santa Barbara, plan to serve a creative take on Indian cuisine, most notably local sea urchin stuffed with biryani and a tandoori-style octopus."

  • Where to Find the World's Best Sea Urchin

    But there must be some reason why her name is the one most associated with Santa Barbara sea urchin, four reverently whispered words in the community. And why the urchins harvested by her and her business partner, Harry Liquornik, are known as "California Gold." You'll see their uni being used everywhere from Bibi Ji just a few blocks away to fine dining haven Vespertine in Los Angeles.

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