The restaurants I really enjoy the most are hidden gems. Restaurants that you walk past every day and you never notice. Hidden gems don’t go by specific cuisine. They can be found almost anywhere. One great example of a hidden gem is Mamma Mia the Italian Restaurant on Grattan St, which is just off Lower Mount St. I only found out about it when I met the owners sister around 8 years ago on a night out.
This week’s restaurant is?
Well, this week’s restaurant is a hidden gem that I know very well. For about 3 years I used to go here once a week as they had a great lunch menu. For €9.99 you got a starter, a main course with rice or naan bread and a tea or coffee. I used to always get a Shish Kebab as a starter. My main course was a Chicken Vindaloo with Pilau rice and a portion of plain delicious Naan bread.
You will have surmised by now that this weeks restaurant is an Indian restaurant. This restaurant is smack bang in the centre of Dublin city. Located in a well-known street. A street that has been in the media recently for all the wrong reasons. Spice of India, is on South William Street, but there is also two branches in Clonsilla and Swords.
So what did I order?
Opening up the Just Eat app on my phone I soon found Spice of India and I started viewing their detailed menu. I knew that I wanted a spicy curry with a kick. So I went with what I always order from there. A Vindaloo, but for a change I went with beef instead of chicken. Alongside Pilau Rice, Plain Naan Bread, and a Shish Kebab Appetiser.
So how was my Meal?
My meal arrived perfectly packaged with the food warm and packed in perfect containers. A container that you will see in most Indian restaurants. The Shish Kebab is Spiced Minced Lamb Roasted on a Skewer. It tasted just like it did when I had it in the restaurant, wholesome and not too spicy.
Being a fussy eater I discarded the sliced cooked onions that came with it.
The vindaloo had a nice spicy kick to it and I could taste it on my lips awhile later. It also had the one ingredient that a good vindaloo must have, potatoes, and it had two of them. There is nothing nicer than tasting some potato covered in a nice hot spicy curry sauce. The beef was beautiful, full of flavour, very tasty and cooked to perfection.
The Plain Naan bread is one of my favourite Naan breads in Dublin, and comes in 2 big pieces. It’s great for dipping into the curry sauce and it tasted oh so lovely with some rice and curry sauce.
Ordering food again from Spice of India is something I have done and will do. Having eaten in the restaurant many times it’s a no brainer.
So what did my meal cost?
The Shish Kebab Appetiser cost €4.95. The Beef Vindaloo and Pilau Rice cost €11.95. The Plain Naan cost €2.75. With a service charge of €0.50, and a delivery fee of €2.99. The final bill came to €23.14.
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