Have eaten lunch here twice recently. As a meat-lover, I was a bit tentative about trying out this vegetarian Southern Indian restaurant but, as I've always loved Asian food and particularly Indian flavours, I owed to myself to try it. I needn't have been worried! On my first visit I had a Masala Thali which is like a tray with a bit of everything and on my second we pretty much covered the rest of the menu including Samosa Chat, Brinjal Bajji, Masala Dosa and Palak Paneer with cocunut rice. On both occasions I was impressed with the quality of the food which is freshly and quickly cooked to order. Much of the food is vegan and/or gluten free, and the girl at front of house is helpful in explaining the dishes for those unfamiliar with this style of Indian food (as I was only a short few weeks ago). I'd recommend the Thali as a good, broad intro to the place although, to be honest, I doubt that you can go too wrong here. Two small downsides to Iyer's is that (1) it only opens from 12pm to 5:30pm on Tues - Sat although they have recently started doing a tasting menu on Thursday nights from 6:30pm to 9:30pm so it will not suit most people who do not live/work in the city centre and (2) it is a very small establishment with only a handful of tables. However, as the food does arrive quickly, turnover should be fairly good once the place does not attract too many table hogs who want to be seen in a place rather than just eat there. Prices are very reasonable so the restaurant probably doesn't need people sitting there making a bowl of rice last an hour. One or two outdoor tables also available should weather or your constitution permit. I doubt that I'll be giving up the meat any time soon but if all vegetarian was this good then I'd be very much more tempted. Great business and cuisine to have in the city and, along with Sultan Cafe, all the better to see the likes of it on Cork's underdeveloped North quays. I wish them all the best and will definitely be back in the future!
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