Okra Green is a Pakistani and Indian restaurant in the centre of Castleknock village. This is one of two restaurants, the other Okra Green is in Howth.
The Castleknock restaurant occupies a corner of the village centre, close to the Topaz station. Parking is easy, as there is a car park just outside the door, and the restaurant is easy to find, since the outer walls have large windows, which allows diners to see out, or prospective diners to see in.
Inside the room is contemporary in feel, with lots of dark wood paneling, the aforementioned windows, and silver hanging lights, like large snowflakes of many pointed stars. Tables are set with crisp cloths and napery, while glasses and cutlery gleam.
There are two menus, an early bird which offers two courses for 22, and the A la Carte. The A la Carte menu is short, there are around eight starters, flowed by eight to ten classic dishes, and then about the same again of Ethnic Delights. Here you will find a selection of authentic Pakistan dishes, and I would suggest you order from this section, as they are a little out of the ordinary and even unique to Okra.
After some poppadoms with lime pickle, mango and mint sauces I enjoyed a starter of tandoori prawns with a chilli sauce dotted about the plate. The presentation was quite pretty, and the dish was light and quite delicious.
My main course of Okra Zakheera was a large platter of prawns, lamb and chicken, potato, red peppers and mushroom, all roasted in the Tandoor, and served with a spicy sauce on the side, or with the dish. I had mine with, and this veritable feast was demolished with a coriander and garlic naan, which was the right side of thin and crispy. A portion of the Aloo Bhujai completed the order; these are potatoes in a spicy sauce; I had them in Howth, and had to have them again.
Okra Green serves very good ethnic food; they do a great take away business and a friend who lives nearby swears by them. If you haven't been, give them a try, you won't be disappointed.