Okra Green is an Pakistani and Indian restaurant overlooking the harbour in Howth. It is near the East pier end, and is in one of the fine old buildings that make up the almost crescent. Inside it is a lovely little room, decorated in earthy colours of yellow and brown and we found a very warm and cosy retreat on a cold February evening.
There is a Short menu with a selection of favourites and a similar amount of authentic Pakistani and Indian dishes. Try to forgo the very good Tikka Masala’s and try some of the authentic dishes, you won’t be disappointed. I ate with the better, prettier half and our daughter, and after munching our way through some poppadoms, we decided on what we wanted.
We didn’t have any starters, but went straight to the main courses. The order was the Goasht Rogani (lamb) for Abigail, Deirdre has the Jhinga Adrak Masala (prawns) while i had a typical dish from Karachi, the beef Zaffrani Nehari. An order of Allo Bhujia (potatoes) and Pilau rice completed the order.,
We loved the potatoes, the spices screamed without being over powering or too chilli hot, but the flavours were amazing, this was probably the best potato Aloo I have had. The Lamb Rogani was medium spicy and finished with cream, with red and green peppers, and the meat was tender and again the flavour was excellent. Tandoori tiger prawns were generous, and flavoured with ginger and some red chilli. They packed a kick without being too much. The beef Nehari was hot and spicy, as I’d requested, and the accompanying Naan was light and almost crispy. The Pilau rice was nicely falvoured with large roasted cardamons and cloves, and the presentation, little crockery bowls with lids was rather delightful.
The service throughout was excellent and Gazzi, our waiter was attentive and a very funny bloke. I’d go to Okra again just for the potatoes, but add in great service, reasonable prices and the seafood restaurants in Howth have a bit of competition from the East.
Very authentic and the flavours and spices were fresh and delicious. These were some of the most authentic flavours I have had outside downtown Negumbo. Highly recommended.