Bala Polachi, who spent nine years as head chef at Maharaja on Odana Road and at the East Side Maharaja now called Maharana, owns the new Middleton restaurant with two partners, Deepa Ramarajan and Masi Parimanam.
Ramarajan and Parimanam will be doing most of the cooking, with Polachi serving mainly as manager. Ramarajan has worked in Chicago restaurants, while Parimanam cooked for two years at Maharaja before moving to Swagat for six years.
Polachi and Parimanam both worked for six or seven years in hotel management at Five-Star hotels in Bombay, India, Polachi said.
Amber, which is in the same mall at Willy Street Co-op West, will focus on Northern and Southern Indian food and will have a buffet seven days a week, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.