Doolally, the plush new Indian restaurant from the Press Up Group has opened on South Richmond Street, opposite street food market Eatyard. It's Press Up's first venture into more exotic cuisines (there's a high-end Chinese to come later in the year), and they've enlisted Michelin-starred Alfred Prasad, Executive Chef of Tamarind in London, to help them design the menu.
The group say they want to bring "a fresh concept in Indian cuisine to Ireland", celebrating authentic regional flavours and seasonal produce. The menu looks to be a mixture of lesser known dishes like Medu Vada - lentil dumplings with peppercorns, chilli and coconut chutney, aswell as mainstream options like Prawn Jalfrezi, Lamb Rogan Josh and Chicken Tikka Masala. The menu also features dishes that might be described as "fusion", like the Burrata Patta Chaat with burrata, kale tempkora, chickpea masala, sev, chutneys and pomegranate, and a Chicken Tikka Caesar Salad.
Most of Doolally's chefs have been recruited from India, and the 220-seater restaurant, complete with open kitchen so you can watch them in action, has 71 staff members. Drinks include Indian inspired cocktails, a good wine list and plenty of non-alcoholic options like chai, lassis and sharbats.
Doolally is open now for walk-ins only (but with 220 seats you won't have a problem getting in), for lunch and dinner seven days a week, and brunch at the weekend. They should have a reservations system set up in the next few weeks.
The Lennox Building, Richmond Street South, Dublin 2
Mon - Thu 12:00 - 22:00. Fri - 12:00 - 23:00. Sat - Sun 11:00 - 22:00.
Ph: +353 1 533 7562