The Kinara dynasty began as a restaurant in the North Dublin seaside suburb of Clontarf in 2001. It was so successful that its sister restaurant Kajjal opened in nearby Malahide in 2007, and then proprietors Sean Collender and Shoaid Yunus took their venture Southside to Kinara Kitchen in 2010.
Located along the thoroughfare in Ranelagh Village, this stylish and upmarket Pakistani restaurant is featured in our Fine Dining list and rightfully so. It combines a wonderfully delicate, yet flavorsome approach to spicy cooking and has a wealth of vegetarian options that reflect true Eastern cuisine.
Garam masala beef with rose petal — Photo courtesy of Kinara Kitchen
There is also a high-end cocktail menu headed up by the man behind secret Dublin watering-hole The Blind Pig. As a result, you have the unusual combination of incredible cocktails paired with Pakistani food that subverts the typical expectations of huge plates of curry and rice. This is altogether more advanced fare with succulent meat and fish cooked over charcoal and beautiful sauces that hit the spot.
The bar — Photo courtesy of Enda Cavanagh
The early-bird offering comes in at €19.95 for three courses which is both excellent value and gives you ample opportunity to try something from every aspect of the menu from meat to fish to vegetarian options. Ice cream with cardamom is a welcome change to the usual dessert range. If you have any vegetarians in your party, this is an excellent spot to take them as there is plenty of variety to choose from, eschewing the usual one-dish-only rule.