Monday, October 24, 2011

Review of Swapna Indian Restaurant, Naas, Co. Kildare









I have had the pleasure of eating in Swapna 3 times in the last 6 weeks- taking full advantage of their 3 Courses for €12.50!! This includes; Starters, Mains with rice or Naan and then tea or coffee.

Another great benefit of this deal is that it is across the entire menu!

One thing that has to be said about this restaurant is that the staff are fantastic.  They are so attentive and make sure you feel looked after for the duration of your meal. One thing myself an Ev are big fans of is Poppadums and Swapna does not disappoint! You get a lovely large bowl of them with 3 dips and a plate of diced red onion.

Starters:

I have ordered the Tandoori Chicken on two occasions and also shared the meat platter (Tandoori Chicken, Minced Lamb, Chicken Tikka and some lovely onions) The food is delivered promptly and is piping hot or sizzling-depending on the dish.

The Tandoori chicken was a large leg of chicken which was perfectly marinated/spiced and served on a bed of sizzling onions. Throw on a bit of the sweet mango chutney-esque dip and you’re laughing!

Result: great size starter!- leaves room for the mains but means you can enjoy the wait!

Main Courses:

I have for my sins ordered the same main course on all 3 occasions; Butter Chicken with Pilau rice and a side of Peshawari Naan bread. YUM.

The manager will check on you during your meal and makes sure that you are welcomed and satisfied with the food. I have now been informed that I must try something different for my Mains for the next visit!!- Tough Justice!

The butter chicken is very mild and creamy with lots of what seems to be “ripped chicken” and topped off with ground almonds. It is served in a large circular dish steaming hot from the kitchen.

Dipping hot sweet Naan bread into sauce (Korma, Tikka Masala, Biryani.. it’s all good! ) is definitely a highlight of the meal and in all honesty.. we ordered A SECOND NAAN!

Ev ordered (predictably) the Chicken Tikka Masala- Both Ev and I apologise for our routines.. We are trying to get away from the “we know what we like and we like what we know” mentality and broaden the taste buds.

The Masala is lovely and sweet with large diced chunks of chicken breast. Ev never manages to eat all of the chicken and gives it to me..which may be a contributing factor in us going back!

Overall

For €12.50 you cannot go wrong.

Where else will you have a comfy warm restaurant (free parking outside too), friendly staff and the entire menu to choose from on the early bird? One good thing about the recession is that eating out is not as expensive as it used to be. #winning






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