Gautham Iyer is a life-long vegetarian, reared in the southern Indian Brahmin Ayurvedic tradition, and no one else in Ireland cooks like this meticulous culinary artisan. He has only a tiny room on the north side of Cork’s quays – and if you don’t arrive early at lunchtime you will have to wait – but from the moment you enter, the sounds, style and the food announce a simply unique talent. Many of the recipes may be ancient – very ancient – but Mr Iyer gets all funky with modern plating and and a punky, millennial spirit. All of the classics – the samosas; the dosas; the rice dishes; the dahl; the cutlets – are here, but rendered into intricate complexity via the imagination and hard work of a singular cook.
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