I always find Indian restaurants pretty hard to review…it’s not easy to make a big curry look amazing in a picture! There is of course the exception with the fabulous Ananda in Dundrum… and now I’ve discovered another jewel in The Curry House.
Situated on Ranelagh’s main street, it’s a prime location for the locals and I’d spotted a good stream of people go through the doors while driving home from yoga in the evenings. I also saw they did an Early Bird on a Saturday night, while a lot of other restaurants only offer it Sunday – Thursday. So last week off I went, hungry and eager for a decent meal!
A lot of Indian restaurants can be pretty non-descript inside…but we were pleasantly surprised here. Don’t be put off by the photo below… while there is a pink tinge to the lighting it’s nowhere near as red as it looks! Soft velvet seating, some nice wall art and dim lighting made it cosy and welcoming.
The Early Bird menu gives 2 courses for €18, which is pretty reasonable as Indian restaurant prices go. That along with the fact that there were plenty of veggie options made me a happy bunny!
We started off with some poppadoms and dips… I say “we” but it was mainly me! 🙂
To start we both went with the veg option, choosing the potato cakes and samosa. Presentation was good and the potato cakes were unique in that they were stuffed with green peas and mint. Super tasty. And portion size was great, especially for the samosas served with some chickpeas.
For the main course we got a dish each served with some rice and naan bread. I went for something I’d never heard of in the Subz Punchpuran and was quite pleased that it packed plenty of taste but seemed relatively healthy as there wasn’t too much sauce and it was absolutely PACKED full of veggies – broccoli, cauliflower, baby corn, mushrooms and pok choy. People often ask do I not be hungry just eating veg these days but I can promise that a big bowl of chunky veg like this certainly does the job at filling you up!
The Rogan Josh was declared a hit, with soft tender meat and a delicious sauce too.
I finished off with a decent cappuccino and we left without putting too much of a dent in the wallet. At just over €50 for 2 starters, 2 mains, sides, 2 glasses of wine and a coffee it is definitely somewhere to put on your Early Bird list, especially as it’s available on a Saturday night too!
The Curry House, 15 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6.
Ph: 00353 1 496 0808