Delhi Rasoi Indian restaurant is at the Monkstown end of Dun Laoghaire, in the premises that was formally the first Gourmet Food Parlour. We have fond memories of many happy meals there and decided a trip out was called for.
I went for dinner with ad man Peter Mansfield, an Indian food fan himself, and we arrived on a bright and sunny Thursday evening. We found parking just down the street and strolled up.
Inside the restaurant is stylish and compact. The tables and chairs are nicely spaced and comfy, and the ceiling and walls are tastefully decorated. The menu features all the classics with some chef’s recommendations thrown in, and in the end we decided to let the manager, choose for us.
Neither of us was drinking, but as well as sparkling water they had Erdinger non-alcoholic in bottles, so a couple of those went down well with the impossible to resist poppadoms and dips. I think Poppadoms are the most more-ish thing you can have, and it’s always a difficult decision not to ask for more. Milan brought us starters of prawn Jhinga in a spicy curry sauce, perfectly cooked and sweet, and very prettily presented. Alongside were two homemade Samosas, each made from scratch in the kitchen by Gohind and Ranbeer. They were different entirely from the frozen version in filo pastry. This was homemade pastry, and they seemed to be baked, but Milan assured us they were fried. With a nicely flavoured homemade filling they were very good indeed.
Main courses brought us four dishes; chicken tikka masala, lamb Rogan josh, Aloo Gobi and a paneer. I must admit I never order chicken masala, but this one was light and spicy, with a bit of a kick and I didn’t think they had overdone the cream. We both liked it a lot. The lamb Rogan josh was spicy and hearty and just what you’d want and expect from this classic. Potatoes and cauliflower Aloo Gobi was dry and very nicely flavoured while the paneer – homemade Indian cheese – dish was again one I don’t usually order, but we both enjoyed it. The accompanying rice was fluffy and light, and a garlic and coriander naan was crispy and delicious.
We couldn’t find any room for dessert, and finished with a couple of good coffees. On our way out we bumped into some old friends, Lorraine Keane and her husband peter Devlin, who along with their children were grabbing some dinner out, as they were just back from holidays. They just live around the corner, and told us they have been a couple of times and it’s always very good.
Indian food is becoming more and more popular; Delhi Rasoi is great value and serves authentic and wholesome food at great value for money prices. They do take away and Deliveroo as well, and have just started to open for lunch. Give them a try; they won’t disappoint.