We've eaten here previously, maybe 3 or 4 times in 2 1/2 years. .It ranged from really good to really weird--the last during the horsemeat scare when I ordered lamb and got a meat I simply could not identify by taste. Maybe it was horse, maybe it was hedgehog, but I didn't like it. My vegetarian husband was happy enough throughout.
On a Saturday night, we dined there with two friends. It was. a perfect example of how good service can lift a meal from good-ish to very good. Waitstaff were simply charming without being obtrusive, and wef left--after 2 hours--in happy form.
I have two taste checkpoint for Indian cuisine--starters of chicken tikka and/or onion bhajees. Any decent restaurant should be able to get these right. Swapna got them half right. The chicken was tender, so I think it had had its yogurt marinade. Spicing was minimal. The bhagees were a bit on the heavy side, but--and this is important--they weren't greasy. Neither was any of the fried food. I asked the waiter to pick me out a lamb mains. Whatever it was, it was delicious. My normally carnivorous friends opted for Sag Paneer and Sag Aloo (spinach with Indian cheese or potatoes) and managed to clean their plates with the help of pilau rice and chutney. We plowed through a fair amount of good house white and Cobra beer, but none of us could manage dessert.
Given the high taxation of alcohol in Ireland and the abundance of food, our bill of just under 150. Euro seemed very fair.
I wouldn't agree with some of your reviewer that it was the best Indian food in Ireland, but it was tasty and the service and atmosphere would be hard to beat. Okay, so I'm a sucker for linen napkins...
As for the complaints about it being hidden away from the Main Street, we're talking about 3-5 minutes walk and there are plenty of free parking places adjacent to the restaurant--a real bonus when it's raining.
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