India Today restaurant just off georges Street lives up to it’s name; it is smart, contemporary and has it’s finger firmly pressed on the pulse of modern Indian cooking.
India Today is just past the Raddisson Blu and towards St. Patricks Cathedral on Golden Lane. It occupies a corner space that is bright and airy and inside the décor is unashamedly modern with soft chairs in blues and grey with delicate turned legs, and the tables are plain wood but look like they are the well crafted ones. There’s plenty of space and a small raised area breaks up the levels.
Owner Bipul has a good pedigree, he has worked in some of Ireland’s best Indian restaurants since 2005 and this is his first solo run, so he has a lot of experience and some hunger to succeed, and it shows. The menu is well thought out and put together; there aren’t pages and pages of dishes, just a well curated list with ten starters, ten roast Tandoor dishes, ten mains and about half a dozen dessert options.
I was eating with my friend Stephen who loves Indian food, and we had both been working late, so came with quite an appetite. Poppadoms and homemade dips got us started and we set about choosing. The starters look very tempting, with Dublin bay prawns, duck rolls, scallops and crispy squid. We finally settled on the duck rolls which were exceptional. They were cut at an angle and were stood up on the plate with the open side pointing upwards. Pretty as a picture, the flavour of the Muscovy duck and star anise and a delicate sauce was a brilliant combination. We polished them off and our other starter of Dublin Bay prawns served as scampi were delicate and delicious, and while in any other setting they would be a star dish, here they lost out to the best duck rolls ever.
Main courses brought us two specials, a Sekendari roast lamb shank for Stephen, which was falling off the bone and was cooked in the Tandoor with Kashmiri chilli and spices and served on a bed of Indian mashed potatoes. This is a good example of where the cooking is going in India Today, roast lamb and potatoes, but with a distinctly Indian flavour; this is confident modern Indian cooking.
I had the king prawn pickle, which were large king prawns cooked with hot and sour sauce and Indian pickling spices, it was hot and fiery and we shared the two main dishes. Fluffy and flavoured Pilau rice and thin and crispy naan bread accompanied our mains, and we were too full to have a dessert but lingered over some coffees before heading out into the night.
It’s only a short walk to the LUAS and we both agreed that this was an excellent Indian meal, and the service was spot on. There aren’t many good Indian restaurants in the city and India Today is a terrific addition to the dining scene.