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Feb 14, 2014

Montys of Kathmandu – Spice & All Things Nice

Birthday dinner! My fella lives next door to Montys in Temple Bar, so we’ve always wanted to go. This place is something of a Dublin institution – award winning & here long before all the other good food on offer now. So we went on Tuesday to celebrate another year of me. It’s small but charming. Mahogany carvings & oriental tapestries lend an exotic air to this Nepalese restaurant. It smells yummy! Tables are close knit, making for an intimate vibe. Keep your conversation polite, lest you frighten the neighbours. Great people watching spot. We settled in to our little table & munched on some crunchy poppadoms. Plenty of traditional Nepalese fare, interesting sounding dishes & great choice for veggie types.

Finally, we went for spicy potatoes & peas in ginger & coriander (Aloo Kerau Chat Pat) & king prawns in a light batter to start. Both delectably, delicately flavoured. Main courses were traditional Nepalese curry (Ledo Bedo) with prawns for me & Chicken Chilli Nanglo (speciality from a Kathmandu restaurant) for Himself. Served with plain rice & Peshwari Nan. And an Organic Chilean red to wash it all down.

The Ledo Bedo was one of the best curries I’ve eaten in my life. I haven’t had anything this good since my London days. Owners Lina & Shiva Gautam use a light hand in their kitchen, freshly grinding spices & blending flavours to perfection. Velvety sauce complemented the prawns, rather than overpowering. The Bloke’s chicken dish came on a hot plate & was tossed with tomato, ginger & garlic. Delish.

Everything was served on traditional brass, which really added to the authenticity of the food. Peshwari Nan was flat & covered in crushed almonds. I ate loads, but wasn’t stuffed. Unlike Indian food, Nepalese does not use cream, so it goes down easy. Montys is the real deal. We ate like kings & enjoyed gorgeous wine, for less than 80 quid. It was warm & lively. The staff were top class. A really great place!

Montys of Kathmandu, 28 Eustace Street, Dublin 2 / www.montys.ie