Saturday, November 20, 2010

Review of Cobra Tandoori

Location:  Main Street, Kinsale

Price:  **

Service: ****

Type: Indian

Type:  Indian Tandoori

Mmm Rating: 3.5 (Food was good not exceptional, furniture and table cloth left a lot to be desired.)

Matt and I like Indian food.  A lot.  So recently when we felt the craving for poppadums and naan bread in Kinsale, we had to see what the local Indian restaurant had to offer.  After seeing bad reviews online, but receiving a positive recommendation from our hotel receptionist, we didn’t know what to expect from Cobra Tandoori!  Here is what we discovered over the course of our Indian exploration…

First Impressions:
The outside of the restaurant did nothing to ease our suspicions about what we were letting ourselves in for!  But we decided to be brave and go for it!  We were greeted by friendly staff and seated in a cosy spot by the window.  Wasn’t mad about the paper ‘tablecloth’ on the table.  The menu was extensive, however, and an early bird deal was also available.  We ordered from the main menu, not indulging further than a main course.  An Indian restaurant will always be judged, by us, on its poppadums.  And Cobra’s were excellent – fresh and crunchy.  There were plenty of them, with our waiter providing a second helping without a problem.

Main Course:
I’m a bit of a creature of habit when it comes to Indian food, as is Matt, so I went for my usual – Chicken Tikka Masala and Pilau Rice.  I also ordered a plain naan bread to satisfy the carb craving.  Dinner was served promptly and my food was delicious.  The Tikka Masala was creamy and full-flavoured, the rice fluffy.  It didn’t stand out as much as our favourite ever rice from Razmataz, our favourite ever Indian in St Lucia but it was lovely. The naan bread was fresh, warm, not too heavy – perfect.

Matt has the buttered chicken with Pilau rice and his usual Peshawari naan. The food was very good and unlike many Indian dishes the chicken was in plentiful. The naan was sweet and delishious but cut into four slices, I (Matt) personally prefer to have the Naan in one piece and tear and dip as necessary!
It was quiet when we first entered the restaurant but over the course of the hour and a half we were there, about four tables were occupied, which made the place look quite full as it is a small restaurant.  The atmosphere was relaxed, friendly and easygoing.  

In total, we paid €42 for 2 main courses, rice and naan bread.

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