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Cinnamon Garden

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Cinnamon Garden
Aashim Bajaj
Frederick Street, Ashbourne , A84 PH26,
Co.Meath

Telephone: +353 (0)1 835-2777
Email: info@cinnamongarden.ie
Web: cinnamongarden.ie

Anyone who reads my articles regularly will know, I’m a die-hard Indian food fan, and, while I had been there a few years ago, having heard nothing but great things of late...

Cinnamon Garden
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Above Molly's Bar on the Main Street in Ashbourne, opposite the church.

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Opening Hours:
Mon-Thurs 5pm-11pm
Fri/Sat 5pm-11.30pm
Sun 12.30pm-10.30pm
Cuisine:
Indian
A La Carte:
Mains €16.95-€21.95
Early Bird:
€19.95pp
Value Menu:
Midweek Specials - €15
Sunday Lunch:
€10pp 12.30pm-3.30pm
Children’s Menu:
Yes - €6.95
Number of Covers:
70
Wheelchair Facilities:
No
Credit Cards:
Yes
Private Dining Facilities:
No
Wifi:
Yes

About The Restaurant

Anyone who reads my articles regularly will know, I’m a die-hard Indian food fan, and, while I had been there a few years ago, having heard nothing but great things of late about Aashim Bajaj’s Cinnamon Garden Restaurant in Ashbourne, Co. Meath, I couldn’t wait to try it again. And so, early one evening, pal Mary and I set off on what we hoped was the road to a great meal.

From the moment you set foot into the Cinnamon Garden, you know that good things are in store. The atmosphere has some traditional Indian nods, but the overall feeling is contemporary and anything but stuffy. Instead it feels warm and welcoming and would be perfect for a social group dinner, a meal with a friend or an intimate evening with someone special.

The menu is expansive and wonderfully varied, offering lots of authentic and delightfully fragrant dishes. Starters included crispy lamb mince samosas, pan-fried aloo tikka (potato cakes), as well as bhatti ka murgh, a tasty sounding dish of chicken thighs marinated overnight with hand pounded spices, garlic yoghurt and pomegranate. Their king prawn zaffrani came highly recommended, as did a trio of individually marinated pieces of chargrilled chicken, however, I kept my eye on the prize, opting for Chef Rajesh’s special of tawa machi, a delicious tranch of tilapia fish marinated with south Indian spices and cooked to perfection on their griddle. Mary went for the lamb seekh kebab and was more than happy with the succulent meaty offerings that arrived served with a mint pesto.

For the mains, there was so much to choose from that we didn’t know where to start. All the classic faves are there, from chicken korma, to a vindaloo, to a lamb biryani, and lets not forget the much-loved chicken tikka masala. The menu, however also includes lots of less familiar dishes, just waiting to tickle your taste buds. Their Rajasthani gosht sounded good, with slow-cooked lamb being infused with a blend of aromatic spices, as did their chettainud dish cooked with black pepper, cinnamon and clove stewed with curry leaf and coconut (available with chicken or lamb). They have a whole host of vegetarian sides dishes too, from stir-fried cauliflower to braised chickpeas to some tasty paneer cheese. A really good idea is that they suggest suitable side dishes with each mains. They also have a kid’s menu offering some tasty Indian fare along with the ever-palatable nuggets and chips, which is usually a safe bet with even the fussiest of junior foodies. Mary went for a shredded tandoori butter chicken dish cooked in a creamy tomato gravy and topped with green chili and coriander, which she enjoyed immensely with the chef’s recommended side of the stir-fried cauliflower. From their Tandoor oven selection, I found myself drawn back to the sea for their king prawn zaffrani, a generous flavoursome dish of jumbo Indian ocean prawns beautifully marinated with saffron, low-fat yoghurt and spices and served with pulao rice and a korma sauce.

Delighted with our meal, we made our exit and set off home, already thinking about coming back to check out the rest of the menu at The Cinnamon Garden. They do a great value Sunday lunch which is also winking at me.

I love good Indian food, and, when you find somewhere that really offers those authentic tastes and layers of flavour, you’re sure to return again and again.
 

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