Situated in the centre of Portlaoise in the old AIB bank, this atmospheric and highly regarded Indian restaurant specialises in Punjabi cuisine.
The welcome from immaculately attired staff is genuinely friendly and the large, high-ceilinged room (the former banking hall), is unusual, with decor portraying the crumbling sandstone walls of an ancient Indian temple.
Simple table presentation and long menus may send out warning signals, but poppadoms with dipping sauces see you through the decision-making phase and, once food appears it has the fresh flavours of individual ingredients and authentic spicing creating satisfying combinations - in dishes that vary from creamy styles with almonds, to very spicy dishes with ‘angry’ green peppers.
Tandoori, balti, biryani, ‘exquisite’ dishes and old favourites like korma, rogan josh, do piaza are all there, but they are skilfully executed, without recourse to elaborate presentation.
Food is served with professionalism and charm, and reasonably priced - with a relaxed ambience and people of all ages enjoying themselves, this is a pleasant place to eat.