If you’re in a pickle about where to eat some of the best Indian food in Dublin, we have the answer. Pickle is the spot you’re looking for. This Indian restaurant is headed up by none other than the multi talented and multi award winning Sunil Ghai, in his first restaurant in the Irish capital with business partner and experienced Restaurant Manager Benny Jacob. The pair bring a collective expertise and off centre attitude to cooking and serving Indian food to Camden Street, in Dublin city centre.
In his time in Ireland, Sunil has risen to the top of the tree with numerous accolades and Best Chef honours from Irish food critics and restaurant bodies. His dream to open his own restaurant is now a reality, and an absolute bonus for all the fans of his exciting contemporary Indian cuisine. When it comes to front of house management, Benny Jacob has his own fair share of critical praise, known for his professional and efficient execution of excellence in service at all times, while providing his signature friendly warm approach to welcoming customers.
Pickle completely disposes of the traditional ‘Indian restaurant’ decor. You won’t find any flock wallpaper, heavy drapes, tented ceilings or tinny piped music. Instead, you’ll walk into a refreshingly fuss-free cafe space reminiscent of the kind you might find in bustling Mumbai. Utilitarian wooden furniture in a mix of banquette, individual tables and counter seating, retro tiled floor, and the kitsch touch of colourful Bollywood hits, Indian tourism and culture posters decorating the walls, tell you this place is different.
Nothing is hidden here. You can see the chefs at work in the open kitchen at one end of the dining room. Watch them carefully creating your food to order, using the lightest of touches and the perfect harmony of ingredients and spicing. Close your eyes, smell the exotic aromas and you could be transported halfway across the world. When you’ve got the likes of Darina Allen and Ross Lewis singing the praises of the cooking talents of Sunil Ghai from the rooftops, you know you’re in for treat. Dispose of your preconceptions about how Indian food is normally cooked and served in Ireland. You won’t find that approach here. What you will discover is a true version of real Indian dishes, cooked and presented in a modern way, and made from carefully sourced Irish produce.
Express Lunch, served from 12pm-3pm Monday to Friday, introduces Dublin diners to India’s traditional lunchtime ‘Tiffin Boxes’. In India, these contain home cooked dishes, delivered every day by bicycle, on foot or by train, to thousands of recipients working in offices and businesses in the big cities. The delivery men hardly ever make a mistake and they have no technology to help them get the right box to the right person! Sunil Ghai adapts this concept for Pickle, putting together a selection of Tiffin Boxes which will please busy professionals who only have a short time for lunch. Box themes include flavours from Punjab, Kashmir or Sunil’s own hometown of Gwalior in Central India. Each box is based on its Indian original, with a little appetiser, a main dish with rice, lentils, naan bread and pickles, to give a perfect balanced and reasonably priced all in one lunch. A selection of a la carte starters and main courses are also available at lunchtime.
At dinner, the mode changes to upbeat and chic. A full A La Carte menu includes Small Plates, Chops/Game from the Tandoori oven, Curries and Biryani and Veggie dishes. It all sounds quite familiar, right? Well yes, until you look deeper and find things like Irish wild lobster, wild boar and goat curry among the chicken, lamb and prawns. Nothing is usual here. All dishes are made from unique recipes using Irish meats and fish, brought to life by vibrant spicing and authentic typical accompaniments.
Follow your savouries with a selection from the short dessert menu, which marries Indian flavourings with European cooking styles. A concise wine list of Sparkling, Champagne, Red and White wines, blends Old and New World. After your meal, choose a revitalising herb tea or an intense aromatic coffee from the classic coffee menu.
Be in a pickle no more about where the good Indian food is to be found. Just get to Pickle. You’ll like it.