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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Madina Desi - Dublin


My opinion of Madina Desi Curry goes up and down according to my most recent meal there. It's an informal traditional Indian restaurant on Dublin's Mary Street which features a large range of dishes. The vegetarian dishes are even cooked in separate kitchens and the restaurant is alcohol-free.

The first time I tried Madina, I was enchanted. We enjoyed traditional Indian cooking at quite reasonable prices. Butter chicken was quite simply amazing, as was the Keema Mutter (minced lamb cooked with peas). On another visit, a mixed meat tandoor grill was delicious and great value. However, a lot of the curry dishes are served with meat on the bone, and portions can be quite small once all the meat is removed from the bones. Today we shared a minced mutton kebab (served with a thick fluffy naan and sauces) as well as one of my favourites, the aforementioned Keema Mutter, with coriander naan.Both dishes were very good indeed.

Madina is the only restaurant in Dublin which serves Dosas, a type of big pancake. They're quite intriguing and now a 'Cheese Dosa' is available. Hmm, might give that one a try some lunchtime.

Madina represents good value when compared to other Indians in Dublin city. I still don't think that it's particularly cheap, but it's a better value and more authentic option than other restaurants with a wide variety of flavour and spice.

Madina Desi Curry, 60 Mary Street, Dublin 1. 01 - 8726007
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