Spice Up Your Life - Top Places to Eat Asian Cuisine in Ireland
There are just some days when you want to eat something that sets those taste-buds on fire in the nicest possible way. A meal which will invigorate and refresh a jaded appetite and introduce your palate to subtle, well balanced spicy flavours.
Well you’re in luck. In the last few years in Ireland, a new marriage of food and culture has been going on. The country is seeing a new revolution of restaurants which marry the fantastic produce of Ireland with the cuisine of their home countries across the world. The best Irish fish, shellfish, meats and vegetables are conscientiously chosen then harmonised with Indian and Asian spices and regional cooking techniques, to bring a touch of exotic to proceedings.
Here are a selection of the best restaurants which totally get the importance of using prime Irish produce in introducing their diners to the foods of their homeland. Browse and salivate as you take your pick from these hot spots for the best Indian and Asian food in Ireland.
A transformation happened in Wexford town in 2009. Spice Restaurant was born. For Emma and Richard Lett, its conception came as a happy coincidence in appointing a chef from Southern India to work in their original daytime bistro in a different location in town. He asked if he could make some of the dishes from his homeland and The Letts said yes. The dishes proved more popular than what was being served on the usual menu.
So the cuisine of India gradually became the main focus. Spice is a contemporary and stylish restaurant down a little side street in busy Wexford Town. This is where the locals go for a proper Indian feast or to buy a take away to eat at home. Spice has a real tandoori oven for beautiful Naan breads and Tandoori dishes and employs Indian chefs who know all about the best mixes and balance of spices and herbs in each dish. The food of Southern India is a speciality and uses lots of fish, which is sourced in the town, located by the sea. Everything is cooked to order so its as fresh can be, whatever you choose.
COPPER AND SPICES
The town of Navan in Co. Meath has a South Asian gem in its midst. Copper and Spices Restaurant has been serving up authentic Indian cuisine since 2009. Owners Carmel Corrigan and Head Chef Nitin Gautam are the dynamic husband and wife duo who have made the marriage between Irish hospitality and Indian and Thai cooking work to its very best potential. Nitin Guatam is an award winning chef cooking authentic South Asian cuisine made with Irish ingredients.
All meat here is Irish, processed according to strict Halal guidelines. Nitin’s team of South Asian born chefs who have been working in Ireland for some years, specialise in using their home culture of food and kitchen skills to create authentic dishes subtly adapted to suit the Irish palate. All this deliciousness is served up in a contemporary restaurant with Carmel Corrigan front of house, managing a cool team who know where they’re at. Don’t miss it when you’re up in Meath.
CHAKRA BY JAIPUR
Asheesh Dewan has brought his eclectic taste in Indian eating to the fortunate food lovers of Greystones, Co Wicklow. Chakra by Jaipur is a huge success story, part of a group of authentic Indian restaurants in Dublin owned by Asheesh, which includes award winning Ananda, Dundrum and other Jaipur restaurants in Dublin. Here at Chakra, in Greystones, you can travel to the exotic without leaving your home country.
Indian spice colours are part of the interior design which bears no resemblance to the typical Indian restaurants you may have visited before. Here is a modern and stylish platform in which to enjoy striking Indian cuisine which uses Irish core ingredients of meat, fish and vegetables with authentic fresh spices.
Ananda in Dundrum broke the mould of Indian restaurants in Ireland. Asheesh Dewan brought his vision and business brain to a project which achieved his aim of changing the Irish perception of Indian food. Gone was the old fashioned curry house look. In came vibrant colours in upmarket interior design and a professional floor service representative of a world class food experience.
Menus at Ananada represent the regional specialities of India, made with the best quality Irish ingredients and authentic spice mixes. Ananda is multi award winning and continues to wow professional critics year on year. The regulars love it. New customers feel they have made a wonderful discovery and can’t wait to tell their friends. Ananda has a magic all its own.
In Camden Street in Central Dublin, Pickle hits the spot for real Indian Cuisine. Owned and run by award winning chef Sunil Ghai, this is the place to enjoy the regional foods of India, prepared and cooked authentically. Sunil works alongside his business partner and experienced Restaurant Manager Benny Jacob, to offer a collective expertise and off centre attitude to cooking and serving Indian food. At Pickle you’ll walk into a refreshingly fuss-free cafe space reminiscent of the kind you might find in bustling Mumbai.
Enjoy the colourful touches in décor and floor tiles, as well as the kitsch posters featuring Bollywood hits, Indian tourism and culture which adorn the walls. Be prepared to experience something new, like the Tiffin Box lunches which are typically served to the workforce all over India and now feed the workers of Dublin in the lunch hour. Evenings can be a little more intimate, but always expect a lively vibe. Pickle is hip. Pickle is fun. You’ll like it.