Indian Ocean restaurant Dungarvan - family run by Maroof Humayun for over ten years - has built a reputation as one of the best Indian restaurants in the south east. Set in one of the most stunning locations overlooking the harbour, they have taken full advantage of the view by putting in picture windows the full length of the premises allowing customers to enjoy the wonderful view
Indian Ocean is divided into two main eating areas, with a reception area in the centre allowing customers collecting food to wait in comfort, and enjoy a cup of coffee. The décor is classic with dark wooden floors, lantern style lamps and authentic Indian pictures set along the walls
On the cold Sunday night that we visited the restaurant was already buzzing, with groups of friends and families enjoying the atmosphere. Since the opening of the Waterford Greenway it has really put Dungarvan on the map; a town already oozing with culinary delights including The Tannery and 360 Cookhouse is now more accessible than ever and this has brought a whole new level of business to the town.
Whilst browsing the menus we were presented with a dish of poppadoms and a choice of dips including onion chutney, chilli sauce, mint sauce and my favourite mango pickle plus a large jug of iced water with mint.
They constantly work on their menus, changing and adding dishes and making sure they stand out from all the rest. I think this time they have really perfected the offering with a fine a la carte as well as an early bird and set menu.
The early bird offers a starter and main course for €15.95 and is available Monday to Thursday from 5-7pm and 3.30-7pm on a Sunday. The set menu is based on the number of people sharing and is priced at €24.95 each or €19.95 for the vegetarian option.
At this stage we would certainly be considered regulars and I definitely have my favourites on the menu now but trying not to be a creature of habit opted to try something new, or perhaps old, as we when with a selection of classics.
We started with a mix of starters to share, adopting the tapas style of dining including seekh kebab, chicken tikka, and a selection of prawn tandoori, king prawn and garlic prawn. Presentation was beautiful and the fusion of flavours were so authentic with just enough for all of us to have a taste and have our palates excited to move onto the main courses.
I had the Tandoori chicken, while the others had chicken Tikka Masala and lamb vindaloo which was prepared extra hot at Fred’s request. The lamb was fiery hot just as had been requested but gorgeous, while the Tikka Masala was delicate with a hint of sweetness. Tandoori chicken was moist and the yoghurt and spice combination was pleasantly tingly.
The mains were served with special fried rice and pilau rice and I had my favourite Peshwari naan, it is simply delicious, topped with sultana and almond it has a lovely sweet flavour that compliments the flavour of the spices. Fred and Keisha opted for the plain naan, just to mop up all the delicious sauces and not take from the flavour.
Fully satisfied but just not wanting the evening to end we shared a coconut ice cream, served in a coconut shell and perfect to cleanse the palette of all the great flavours. We both had a Bailey’s coffee and chatted about the evening.
Indian Ocean prepare fresh food using authentic Indian and local produce, the views are lovely and the staff very friendly. We highly recommend you visit next time you are in the South East, you won't be disappointed. Just tell them Catherine from Taste of Ireland sent you!