A selection of the best restaurants as chosen by
Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, takes place next week. It’s the Hindu equivalent of Christmas, and as with all good celebrations, there’s lots of food so we’ve picked some good Indian places in Dublin.
Delhi O’Deli (10 points for the cheesy name) – at 12 Moore Street, Dublin 1, delhiodeli.com – sells vegetarian street food, a common sight on every street corner, beach and back road in India. Try the Tokri Chaat (¤4.49), a north-Indian snack of vegetables served in a basket made of fried potato; or pani puri (¤2.99), little dough balls filled with potato, chickpea and spices; or the ubiquitous bhelpuri (¤2.99), puffed rice tossed with vegetables, tamarind, mint chutney and spices. Finish off with a jaw-tinglingly sweet Indian dessert such as jalebi (like a syrup- soaked deep fried pretzel), ¤1.99.
Around the corner, Madina Desi at 60 Mary street, Dublin 1 (madina.ie) holds a special place in my heart, as it was the first place in Ireland that I found a masala dosa after discovering them in India a decade ago. Traditionally a breakfast food, these wafer-thin rice flour pancakes are the size of a car tyre, rolled in a tube with a portion of spiced potato inside, served with lentil sambar and coconut chutney. Truly delicious, and only ¤4.95.
A little further out of town (and further up in the price bracket)
Rasam (18-19 Glasthule Rd, Dun Laoghaire, rasam.ie) serves high-end Indian cuisine, such as Keralan mango prawn (¤20.95) and a traditional Indian “thali”, an entire meal served on a silver platter. The Rasam version includes lamb, chicken, prawns, potatoes and spinach, served with rice, naan and pickle (¤28.50). If you’d rather eat at home,
Bombay Pantry (bombaypantry.com) has six Dublin outlets and one in Bray, offering top-notch take away, including the Housewives Choice, a nicely spiced chicken dish with tomato, cream, coriander and cashew nuts. It even has a paleo menu for the cavemen among us.
You can also try some Indian food at Diwali celebrations in the Arena, Tallaght (festivaloflights.ie) and in the Citywest Convention Centre (dublindiwali.ie) this weekend. RACHEL COLLINS