Dakshin restaurant

22 Donnybrook Road, Dublin 4, Donnybrook

Dublin 4

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Cuisine:
Indian

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15 reviews
4 stars - based on 15 reviews
Vibrant, colorful and south Indian Kerla charms set a stage for a relaxed and a blissful food experience. From
the moment a guest enters Dakshin, an atmosphere filled with Indian style and hospitality welcomes you.
Experiencing at Dakshin will be memorable event for a casual or a serious dinning adventure.
Dakshin is located in the heart of the Donnybrook at your local pub Kielys. Signature dishes at Dakshin include the Beef Pepper Fry, a sweet and tangy dish of crispy fried beef strips tossed with black pepper, curry leaf and coconut milk, served with creme fraiche. Another starter, Kesari jhinga is a highly flavoured dish of saffron and lemon leaf flavoured prawns, cooked in the tandoori oven, and served with watermelon and mint salsa, onion, and tomato chutney.

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OPENING HOURS

Mon12:00pm - 9:00pm
Tue12:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed12:00pm - 9:00pm
Thu12:00pm - 9:00pm
Fri12:00pm - 9:00pm
Sat12:00pm - 9:00pm
Sun12:00pm - 9:00pm

CAPACITY
50 people

WEBSITE
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CUISINES
Casual Dining, Cocktails, Coeliac options, Girls Night Out, Indian, Kid's Menu

FACILITIES

Wi-Fi hot spot! Veggie options available Take away service Allocated smoking area Luscious Dublin Bay prawns, succulent oysters, melt in the mouth mussels, mouth-watering mackerel…just some of the delicious seafood you’ll find on menus around Ireland.

Irish people love to eat seafood when dining out; in fact, unlike our European neighbours, we eat more seafood outside the home. Perhaps this is a testament to the quality of our seafood restaurants. And for many visitors, a trip to Ireland wouldn’t be complete without sampling a few oysters and sinking a pint of the black stuff. Separate function room available Full Bar, Beer, Wine, Spirits Will cater for children Coeliac options available Caters for Weddings. Will accept party bookings Parking available Accept major credit cards

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Dakshin

I<3Food
Dublin
2 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:47%

Reviewed 02nd February 2012 (visited 16 November 2011 )

I went here with my friend as I had a Living Social voucher that was about to run out! For starter I got a spicy prawn dish with watermelon and my friend got potato cakes. I was pleasantly shocked when I saw these massive prawns which also tasted amazing appear! For the main my friend who being a vegetarian ordered a cottage cheese dish which she thought was lovely! Being a meat eater myself I went for the house meat special which meant I got 4 different ramekins of different curries with lamb, beef, prawns and chicken. It was delicious! The staff were also very friendly keeping our water topped up throughout as well as our wine glasses. Being on a voucher all we had to pay for was our extra wine but I would definitely go back to eat there at full price as the food and the atmosphere were both great!

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allenl
Dublin
50 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:65%

Reviewed 23rd August 2011 (visited 19 August 2011 )

1st time here last Fri evening. Layout of restaurant really nice - plenty of space between tables and staff friendly and efficient. Food divine - nicest Indian I've ever had. Poppadoms served on arrival with lovely sauces - really crispy and fresh as they should be. Opted for selection starter - king prawn, potato cake, tiny minced lamb kebab & piece of chicken tikka - all delicious & served with individual sauce. Main prawn dish had at least 8 jumbo prawns. My friend's chicken tikka on the bone was beautifully presented and full of flavour. The place was packed - not surprised - I'll definitely be back.

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Lumiukko
Dublin
37 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:57%

Reviewed 15th August 2011 (visited 14 August 2011 )

We enjoyed our dinner here last night redeeming our voucher, and really enjoyed our visit. The decoration of the restaurant was very nice, and airy, meaning the tables are not "piled up over each other". We did not use the bar services, but it sure looked very inviting, as well. Then to the best part of the visit: excellent food. I had a platter, which had prawn, lamb, chicken and vegetarian teaser, and everything was delicious. My wife had prawns, and that was a set of three huge juicy, flavoursome prawns. As mains we had seabass and lamb, and both were some best Indian dishes we have ever had. As side dish, we had long rolled up pancake-thin bread called dosa, which was absolutely delicious! Friendly, attentive staff, excellent food, and very pleasant atmosphere. We can strongly recommend Dakshin to anyone.

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sarahk
Dublin
18 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:45%

Reviewed 29th July 2011 (visited 28 July 2011 )

I enjoyed my dinner here last night so much I just had to write a review straight away. I didn't know what to expect going up the stairs above Kielys in Donnybrook, but was pleasantly surprised by the airy, tastefully decorated restaurant, with a trendy looking bar area. The big winner here is the food. I had a tandoori prawn dish to start with four huge juicy, flavoursome prawns. The main course was one of the best Indian dishes I've ever had. I was presented with a plate of rice and a piece of chicken. Confused, I wondered if I'd ordered the wrong thing. Then a long dish with four separate bowels arrived. The four dishes, with different sauces, which I didn't catch the name of, were chicken, lentils, prawns and lamb. My favourite part was the long rolled up pancake-thin bread called dosa. The waiter explained that this is a traditional bread made of rice and lentils that is eaten every day in India. Absolutely delicious! Friendly, interesting staff, a pleasant atmosphere (only lacking a few more customers) and really excellent food - I can't wait to go back.

Dakshin

paddyfoodie
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:45%

Reviewed 11th June 2011 (visited 9 June 2011 )

This is one of my favourite restaurants. I have eaten here numerous times and have never been dissapointed. The menu is great, every dish is lovely, great atmosphere and the toilets are lovely. The location is good, there is a car park nearby, but it is upstairs above a pub so it can be hard to find. Try early bird two course for 18 euro. Well Worth a visit. I would reccomend it to everyone.

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gautam.nitin99
Dublin
42 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:47%

Reviewed 08th June 2011 (visited 6 June 2011 )

Very ordinary, Nothing too exciting. Dining room looks nice, Decor is calm, Wall hangings a bit out of place and not to mention the smell of chips and vinegar at the stairs..little off-putting. We ordered our food and was looking forward to it. Kurkure murgh was Overdone Chicken Pakoras, Potato cakes were nice, beetroot kachdi was good but i thought it was served with chicken starter but was with potato cakes. We ordered few sides and asked if black lentils were on the menu today, waitress advised she will check and let us know but she never returned. Food tasted ordinary, Lentils were nice and Madrasi Aloo lacked a bit of madrasiness as they were laced in tomatoes. Our chilli naan arrived when we have finished our mains but we did get a rice which we never ordered. Our water was topped up more times than wine. Chef sent a Dosa as compliments to taste but it was too late as we had finished our mains but Thank You Very Much for the gesture. For us Daksin did lack a lot of excitement and flair. menu prices seemed reasonable enough though. Disappointed but will try it sometime again in future

Dakshin

duffman1
Dublin
7 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:50%

Reviewed 25th May 2011 (visited 19 May 2011 )

This was my second time in Dakshin. The restaraunt was busier than my first time there,quite busy even for a tuesday night. Staff were friendly on arrival and we were given a nice table by the window. We shared a mixed platter between 3 people and were treated to the nicest,softest prawns to ever pass my lips! I had the Biryani which was possibly the best of my life,very generous portion,spiced to perfection and served with a delicious sauce. We were given a complimentary drink after our meal which was thoughtful...In conclusion great food,great service and great surroundings. Will defo be back.

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cbuc8299
Dublin
43 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:65%

Reviewed 21st April 2011 (visited 20 April 2011 )

Never go to Dakshin peckish. You need to be ravenous! Not because it's bad but because it's incredibly rich and plentiful. I wasn't blown away by my mates scallops (a little on the rubbery side) but wow were my prawns a sight to behold! Beautifully butterflied and spiced with smatterings of watermelon and mango. I opted for the dosa for main - a hankering I'd had since my last visit to Nepal. I could have fed my family on this course! Aside from a massive (slightly oily) dosa (crispy crepe made with ground rice and lentils) there was rice, chicken masala, bengali prawn curry, lamb madras and spiced lentils. It killed me that I couldn't finish it...

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Eamon07
Dublin
91 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:47%

Reviewed 07th March 2011 (visited 6 March 2011 )

Visited Dakshin for the first time yesterday! First impressions was that the restaurant was nice+cosy. Staff were also very pleasant on arrival. We decided to share all our orders as there was so much stuff we liked on the menu. For starters we ordered the lamb cutlets and the marinated chicken, both were very nice. And for mains we ordered the lamb biryani, keema mutter and chicken kadai. I must say the lamb biryani and keema mutter were very good! All topped off with a bottle of red and a delicious chocolate pudding for my birthday. A great evening, we will be back Dakshin!

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Sambosam
Dublin
5 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:47%

Reviewed 22nd February 2011 (visited 20 February 2011 )

Had a lovely dinner here, the food was full of flavour and good sized potions, the rice pudding dessert was the favourite of the meal. The wine list is really nice too which was a nice surprise for an Indian restaurant, would definitaly recomend it.

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Melendez
Dublin
35 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:45%

Reviewed 15th February 2011 (visited 14 February 2011 )

I visited Dakshin on Valentine night. It turned out to have the high standards of food and service I would have expected given the people involved in starting up the operation. Anyhow, nice freshly made popadoms with three dips to settle in, followed by a tasty battered prawn on a roundy blini like thing, with bits on, as an amuse bouche. Beef pepper fry for me was good - sticky and mildly tangy - but not a patch on my Valentine's prawn starter which really is a have-to-have. Lamb shank was a good main, but being covered in sauce, I was in fear throughout the meal of putting something objectionable in my mouth, which, with care, I managed to avoid doing. Good sauce and a lean meaty shank. Sea Bass was probably the winner of main courses, a little more subtle and refined. We were going to order Naan but were told it would be too much, he (the owner) would get us another lighter bread instead. This turned out to be a huge sort of rolled up semi crunchy pancake which was nice on its own or for sauce dipping. I'm not sure if we got this as guinea pigs or because he recognised us from his previous life (which he did), but it wasn't on the menu. Probably a bit of both. A nice touch anyhow. Looking at google now I think it might be dosai, we were told at the time but I wasn't listening. Worth asking for if you visit, if only to encourage them to put it on the menu. Wine wise we had a lovely Gavia di gavi which I thought was notably nice, whether it is a case of being generously priced or well chosen, I don't know, but I enjoyed it.

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Frances930

33 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:15%

Reviewed 28th January 2011 (visited 27 January 2011 )

First time to visit Dakshin but it wont be our last ! We went for the value menu which is served between 5 and 7. Starter and Main course for 18€. I had lamb patties to start and the hubby had Aloo Bonda - both were very good. Then we had chicken tikka massala and lamb korma - plenty of rice and bread served and a nice bottle of wine sealed the deal ! Pleasant athmosphere, friendly staff, good food and a very reasonable price, what more can you ask for......

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frabelle
Dublin
9 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:37%

Reviewed 19th January 2011 (visited 13 January 2011 )

I have been to Dakshin twice since it opened. Excellent service and friendly staff. I would highly recommend the Lamb Biryani (so good I ordered it on both visits). The dish is served covered with a sealed naan bread which is a nice touch. I can also recommend the Lamb Rogan Josh. Good wine list with plenty of choice. Another plus,especially in D4: We were not asked the irritating “Still or sparkling” question and our water glasses were regularly topped up. I’ll be back!

Dakshin

Argot
Dublin
43 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:62%

Reviewed 17th May 2011 (visited 22 March 2011 )

3rd time to eat here and brought 'discerning foodie' visitors from NYC. Relieved to have somewhere completely fail safe to go where I could depend on the wow factor! It was outstanding. Just such polished and friendly service, the staff remembered me - or were very good at making me feel like they did! :-) The atmosphere was great - there was no recession THAT night! A complimentary pre-starter cocktail and off we launched into a delightful taste experience. The Dakshin Platter is a great way to enjoy the variety offered on the starter menu (But OH the Chicken 65!!) and the Nariyal erichi varuval (Lamb) , Nadaan beef, Seabass and Alleppey prawn curry were each delicious in the extreme. My mouth felt like it'd been in an Art Gallery! Already eager for my next visit!

Dakshin

GrubGuru
Dublin
4 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:45%

Reviewed 14th January 2011 (visited 30 December 2010 )

Had a stunning meal in Dakshin over Christmas. Although only opened in December, we knew we were in for something special when we were greeted by its owner. A wonderful departure from the norm in that it specialises in Southern Indian cuisine. The food was just amazing and was complimented by an excellent wine list that isn't "off the shelf". Top quality, attentive service completed the perfect package. This is fine dining Indian style at its best.

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