Archive for February, 2011

Lal Quila – Douglas Village

Saturday, February 19th, 2011
Lal Quila

Four of us went to Lal Quila in Douglas Village last Saturday. The table was booked for 8:30 so a quick drink in Barrys first and then a dash in the rain over the restaurant. We were seated quickly and handed menus and that’s where the attention ended. Forty minutes later we still had our menus and not even an offer of a drink. Plenty of staff were flapping around the busy restaurant, every table was occupied, but the problem was nobody seemed to have a dedicated station. Eventually we flagged somebody down and ordered.

After that the service was reasonable, outside of having to ask for water twice. The jumbo prawn with ginger starter was €9.50 and consisted of THREE prawns. Terrible value. Luckily the other starters represented a more typical Indian restaurant, the Chicken Tikka was tasty. The Lamb Haiderabadi for main (sweet and sour cooked with black vinegar and raspberries, ginger, garlic, fresh lime and selected spices) was also nice but when you add the €15.95 for the dish, €2.75 for Pilau rice and €3.50 for a Peshwari Naan a total of €22 isn’t cheap. Plenty of food though. The bill for four people (four starters, four mains and eight beers) came to just over €150. When you compare this to some of the curry houses in the UK it’s an steep price to pay.

In short the chaotic service ruined an otherwise OK meal. The food and prices were pretty typical of any other Indian I’ve been to. In Ireland.

Cooking for kids via

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

This week I’ve temporarily relocated to to write a quick piece on feeding kids and coming up with nutritious home-made alternatives to the type of food kids like.

First up is Home Made Chicken Nuggets. Quick and simple and very tasty. As the comment says it can also be adapted for more mature palettes with the addition of some herbs and/or spices. Read on …

Sweet and Sour Fried Onions

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Hard to beat the simple dishes like sausage, mash and onions. Here is a quick and simple way to tart up some fried onions.

Two onions
Two teaspoons balsamic vinegar
One tablespoon of honey
Olive oil

Fry the onion in some olive oil until golden. Add the balsamic vinegar and honey and cook on a low heat for three or four minutes.