The Kathmandu Kitchen offers authentic Nepalese and Indian cuisine
Posted On 17th May 2020
This week I had an easy decision when it came to what deciding what restaurant I would review. Back in early March my old college friend and I had lunch in one of Dublin’s hidden gems, Kathmandu Kitchen. It was going to be my latest restaurant review, but I never published it. I knew the lockdown was coming. So why publish a review of a restaurant that we would not be able to visit? When I saw Kathmandu Kitchen was on Deliveroo, it gave me the perfect chance to finally review them. Kathmandu Kitchen is a Nepalese and Indian Restaurant, named after the capital city of Nepal.
I have eaten here on numerous occasions and their two-course lunch menu at €11.98 is fantastic value. For an extra €1.50 you can get a tea or a coffee, so you are getting a lot of bang for your’ buck. When I eat there I always order Aloo Chap for my starter and Chicken Tikka Masala for my main course. This time I wanted a slight change and as I love spicy curries, the slight change was my main course. I opened the Deliveroo app and soon I was ordering my meal. I ordered Aloo Chap, chicken vindaloo, boiled basmati rice and plain naan bread. A nice touch was having a can of Fanta and Poppadom’s thrown in free. But I did not like having to pay extra for rice. Normally you get a choice of either rice or naan bread with your curry.
As I don’t live too far from Dame Street, where the Kathmandu Kitchen is based, my food arrived pretty quickly. When it arrived I was starving and I could not wait to eat it. The food arrived in the usual packaging that you get from your typical takeaway. This is no bad thing as you know it will arrive safe and most of all warm.
So how was my meal? The Aloo Chap tasted just like it always does, wonderful, and probably the best in Dublin. You may be wondering what is Aloo Chap? It’s a dish consisting of mashed potatoes infused with ginger and cumin, dipped in batter and then fried. It was not greasy which is a trait some fried foods have, and ginger and cumin is good for you.
My main course, the Chicken Vindaloo was just as I expected spicy with a nice kick. The hot and spicy curry sauce is created with onion, tomatoes, ginger and fresh ground chillies. It has a spicy kick and heat that I am used to and it tasted delicious. Don’t order it if hot and spicy is something that you are not used to, get the Chicken Tikka Masala. Everyone eats their curry differently. I like to put my curry sauce all over my rice as you can see below.
So don’t let that put you off the Chicken Vindaloo. The Naan bread was tasty and I always use it to soak up some of the sauce on my rice. The poppadoms were nice and went well with the accompanying dips.
Now for the most important question that has to be answered. Would I order from here again? Well haven eaten there numerous times, the food I ordered was just as nice when delivered. So, of course, I would order from Kathmandu Kitchen again, it is one of my favourite Dublin restaurants.
The discount given, offset my annoyance at paying extra for my rice. If I was eating in the restaurant, ordering from the ala-carte menu my starter and main course would cost more. Aloo chap now costs €4.50 instead of €6.95 and the chicken vindaloo cost €12.00 instead of €18.95. There is also a 50% discount of certain wines on the menu. My full food bill came to €20.50 with my Boiled Basmati Rice and Plain Naan costing €2 each. On top of that was a delivery fee of €3.49 and a service charge of €0.49. Adding on my rider rip my final bill was €24.43.
Kathmandu Kitchen also has another Dublin restaurant. So, If you live in or near Malahide, you won’t feel left out.
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