Iyer's could not be simpler. There are about seven tables, in a little room with a counter, on Pope's Quay, north of the River Lee. The food is southern Indian vegetarian cooking, the food of Gautham Iyer's birth place, Tamil Nadu. Born into the Brahmin class, he cooks according to Ayurvedic principles, laid down millennia ago in the Vedic texts. The simplicity is purposeful: Mr Iyer wants your focus to be on his cooking, and his cooking is like nothing else in Ireland. Start with something simple, like his famous samosas, or the dosas, or the kalonji cutlet, and you will ask what on earth is everyone else doing when they think they are cooking Indian food? Everything is made by Gautham Iyer, by hand, and the patience and the love shine from every bite.
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