Spice Kitchen is run by a father and daughter team, and they take their authenticity seriously. 'No microwave cooking' is on the front page of their menu and everything is cooked to order. That means a small wait but, frankly, it's worth it.
Most evenings that I spend at Marian Kenny's house, we get handed a meal cooked by a proper chef. That's her son Max, who is starting out on his cooking career having finished his studies. Sadly for us, there are evenings when he's working, so that means either cooking ourselves or, in moments of laziness, getting a takeaway.
By now, we've tried most of the takeaways in the Dalkey area; some are okay, some poor and some too expensive for what you get. But this week, we found Spice Cottage in Sallynoggin, which is in a row of shops off the main road, just behind Power City. I say 'we found', but it was a suggestion by Gerard Carthy of tasteofireland.com that prompted us find it. Gerard spent quite a long time in Goa, so when he said that the Indian food in Spice Cottage was both good and authentic, I believed him.
There are set-meal options -- a meal for two with eight different elements is €25, or there are set meals for one for €14 or €16. We ended up taking away a Haandi Gosht, which was lamb cooked with peppers, onions, tomatoes and chilli, and a Tarkari Makhani, a vegetarian dish in a cream and tomato sauce. Pilau rice and naan bread gave us more than enough to eat and it came to €18.50. Great value and, we discovered a few moments later, really delicious. We'll be back.