India Today Bar & Grill offers a modern take on Indian cuisine
Posted On 10th May 2021
As you will have gathered by now, I am a big fan of Indian food. Always on the lookout for something a bit different. Something that Doolally does so well. Something that is not your typical Indian restaurant offering your typical Indian meals. A restaurant that offers a new take on Indian cuisine with the best of Irish ingredients.
This week’s restaurant is?
This week’s restaurant is a restaurant that opened on December 2019, just before the current pandemic hit. Luckily for us the restaurant in question India Today Bar & Grill does take away food for collection or delivery. Bipul is the owner of India Today Bar & Grill and he has done his apprenticeship in some of Ireland’s best Indian restaurants. Working in these various restaurants since 2005 helped him hone his knowledge of top quality Indian cuisine.
India Today Bar & Grill is based in Golden Lane, just of Great South Georges Street and just past the Radisson Blu Hotel. When India Today Bar & Grill opened they had a couple of unique selling points. Firstly, they were offering traditional, fresh Indian cuisine, that had no artificial flavours, food colorants or preservatives. And secondly, every quarter there would be a new menu. Giving customers a wide and varied culinary experience. Putting these two together with the best Irish ingredients and you have a match made in heaven.
So what did I order?
Opening up the Just Eat app on my phone I soon found India Today Bar & Grill and I started viewing the menu. With eight appetisers, six dishes cooked in a Clay Oven or Charcoal Grill and fourteen mains to choose from. Plus nineteen sides, a tasting box for two and a meal deal. There was a lot of choice which was a nice surprise. So, did I go for a starter or did I just stick with one of the fourteen mains?
I stuck to one of the mains and decided to go with something a bit different. The Sekendari Roast Wicklow Lamb Shank which fell of the bone. Slow cooked and braised in Kashmiri chilli and aromatic spices, and flavoured with cardamom and cinnamon.
Two sides were also ordered, Basamati Boiled Rice and Plain Naan Bread. Before the pandemic, when you could have eaten at the restaurant, my lamb shank would have been served differently. It was an Irish-Indian hybrid dish served on a bed of Indian mashed potatoes. Roast lamb and mash potatoes with distinctive Indian flavours and spices.
So how was my Meal?
It arrived perfectly packaged. The food was warm and packed in the appropriate containers, which is what you want. It looked and smelt lovely too. The wafting the aromas of the various spices and chilli put a smile on my face, It’s something you tend to get with Indian cuisine.
The lamb tasted incredible and just fell off the bone, which is what a good lamb shank will do. Before the pandemic, when you could have eaten at the restaurant, my lamb shank would have been served differently. It was an Irish-Indian hybrid dish served on a bed of Indian mashed potatoes. Roast lamb and mash potatoes with distinctive Indian flavours and spices. Hopefully one day soon I will get to try this Irish-Indian hybrid dish in person.
The rice tasted great but the Plain Naan Bread was something else. In fact it was the best Naan Bread I have ever eaten in Ireland. As you can see it looks just as nice as it tastes.
Ordering food again from India Today Bar & Grill is a no brainer, and next time I might even try their Vindaloo. Of course, it would be even better to try the Sekendari Roast Wicklow Lamb Shank in person. The only slight downside is that rice was extra. However, when India Today Bar & Grill is offering a 35% discount on orders over €10, it is a slight downside.
So what did my meal cost?
The Sekendari Roast Wicklow Lamb Shank cost €18.95. The Basmati Boiled Rice cost €2.95. The Plain Naan cost €2.95. With a service fee of €0.49, the initial cost was €24.85 before the €8.70 discount. Bringing the final bill to €16.65.
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