Tulsi Indian restaurant in Ennis is a little bit special. If you love Indian food and good, punchy curries, you can often be left disappointed by Asian food in high street restaurants. Tulsi in Ennis is an exception; it’s classy and luxurious interior tells you it’s somewhere special and the food easily keeps up with the promise of quality. The menu is extensive but includes some more local ingredients like Tandoori Mackerel, a fish that can happily take these spices.
The classics of Seehk Kebab, Chicken Tikka, Tandoori and the lamb Boti Kebab all come together on a sharing platter for two meat lovers to share. All the meats are tender and juicy, with the spices cooked but not dried out. A hefty starter feast, bring your appetite with you.
It’s hard to choose mains in Indian restaurants, ideally many diners share many dishes but we had to choose and we went for the Butter Chicken, a celebration dish from the North, a favourite of Saag Paneer, spinach and paneer cheese and we chose a cheeky Lamb Phall to perk things up.
We were warned that the Phall was very hot, in fact the hottest dish in the restaurant; “bring it on” I stubbornly commanded. It was spicy, and topped with plenty of fresh, chopped chilies to add even more heat. It was a fun dish to eat, be careful of large spoonfuls and be sure to have yogurt on the side. Much good-natured smiling came from our hosts but the Butter Chicken and veggies, lemon rice and naan calmed things down. It was great to have a proper curry, it’s a rare thing, and a spiced Indian tea with milk washed the curries down perfectly.
If you truly love curry this is a heavenly place, from Byrianis to Bhunas and Jalfrezis to Dhansaks . Vegetarians are spoiled in Indian restaurants with Daals and Kormas and a myriad of rice dishes and breads like Onion Kulcha and Stuffed Paratha. Staff are sweet and charming, and what better way to spend a chilly Irish evening. One visit to Tulsi is not enough.