The restaurant is situated on Ludlow Street in the centre of Navan. From the outside this double fronted restaurant is imposing and has a stylish black façade with the name painted in gold above, while inside the décor is traditional with a contemporary twist. Wide plank floors combine with the aubergine coloured walls to give it a gentle and relaxing atmosphere, while one wall of feature designer wallpaper with a large rose motif sets the whole effect off. The tables and chairs are good quality hardwoods imported from India and the chairs are particularly comfortable. We were soon munching some poppadoms and a selection of dips which included a very good mango with mustard seeds, while we sipped out drinks and turned to the menu.
The menu offers two options for the diner, a set value menu offering two courses for €17, or the A la carte. Where starters are grouped around the €7 mark, with main courses around €15. The wine list is fairly short, but well priced and there is the option of having a 50cl bottle between two people for €14.50. Cobra beer is also available.
There are a little over a dozen starters, which include most of the Indian favourites, and we tried several of them including two from the value menu, the Keema kebab – minced lamb and cottage cheese with cinnamon – which were served in little disks of very thin Naan bread and were delicious. We also tried the tandoori prawns, very good and a selection of the vegetarian starters including the onion bhaji and vegetable Samosas. All of the starters were very good, and while the tandoori prawns were great, we both agreed our favourite was the Keema kebab, which funnily enough is from the value menu.
We then had three main courses, a spicy South Indian curry with mustard seeds, red chilli and coconut, chicken Balti, a delicious potato dish with cumin, coriander and lemon, and our rice was a lamb biryani with the tenderest meat imaginable.
After all this food, we couldn’t do a dessert and finished with coffee. As we were leaving a cookery class was just getting under way on the other side of the restaurant. Copper and Spice run the classes on an ongoing bass for small groups of six people, and from what we seen, they look like a lot of fun. Copper and Spices is very good, the value on the set menu is excellent for food of this quality, and sure you might even learn to cook Indian food while you are there. Recommended