Bistro Spice is a Nepalese and Indian restaurant situated on Monkstown Crescent, across from the large church, and in the same row as Goggin's pub. This small Indian restaurant is a local favourite and is comfortable and relaxed.
Bistro Spice has changed hands and is now run by a young couple, Shosan and Susant, who have added to the menu with Nepalese dishes, and now have a ridiculously good wine list, starting at only €12.95 and reaching the dizzy heights of €25 for the Pouilly Fusee!
Bistro Spice used to be a butchers shop, and the neighbouring stores still have a lot of charm, particularly the chemist with its rows of potion bottles and large wooden dispensing cabinet. This is a row of shops that has been here since the community began, and although Indian restaurants were unheard of then it is testament to Bistro Spice that they have become a part of the local furniture.
Inside it’s painted in cream and purple and simple tables and chairs run down each side. It only sits about 25 people and on a cold March evening it is mostly full, all of them locals who know at least one other set of diners in the room.
The menu is all new. It still lists all of the Indian favourites, but there is a page of Nepalese specials which change regularly, as well as the list of Nepalese dishes which always feature. There are a couple of set menus as well; the Dine for Two menu offers any two starters and mains from the menu and a bottle of wine for €49.95.
We have had many of the dishes here, so on the latest visit stuck with the newer Nepalese section. A starter of marinated lamb with fried onion and raita got us off to a good start and then it was on to the Thali, a selection of Nepalese dishes served the Naan bread and rice. The Thali is served on a large metal platter, which has five little bowls arranged around. These contain a cold, but chilli hot, potato salad, a yoghurt raita, lamb Bhuna, chicken curry and daal. Each had it’s own flavour and this is as close as it gets to eating like you would in home in Nepal. The flavours are authentic, the ingredients local, and the result is very good indeed.
We like Bistro Spice, it is homely and friendly and the food is good. The value is off the charts, and I am pretty sure I have paid more for take away. Great mid-week treat that’s just down the road, and the new wine list is almost certainly the best value in Dublin.