38 Pope's Quay, Shandon, Cork, Cork City
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Reviewed 10th February 2017 (visited 21 March 2015 )
I heard great things about this restaurant and I love both Indian food and vegetarian food, but I was really disappointed. The meal was really starch heavy and dull. It amazed me that in a vegetarian restaurant I was served more vegetables! The whole meal was beige, which is never good. Wouldn't go back. It's also tiny and overcrowded.
Reviewed 16th May 2016 (visited 27 February 2016 )
Lovely Atmosphere and service, food was well explained and very enjoyable, very small restaurant but works well. had a lovely meal
Reviewed 08th June 2015 (visited 6 June 2015 )
I visited Iyers on a Saturday afternoon with my husband. We had decided to go to the restaurant after being on their online page for some time but sadly did not find that the food we were served met the standard of what is presented online at all. For starters we got samosas, they tasted nice but I found they were around 80% filled with potato and the “chutneys” were two flavoured watery sauces so when the samosas were dipped into it they were just left soggy and not like the traditional dipping sauces used in South Indian restaurants. For main we both opted for the thali and we were extremely disappointed. Traditionally a thali is a complete balanced meal but what we got was far from that. It was a plate of carbohydrate and water, there was not a single vegetable other than potato served on it. The plate consisted of a large portion of plain white rice and a small amount of potatoes and chickpeas in bland flavouring. Again, just plain starch and no vegetables. There wasn’t even any bread given. There was two pots served with it but this was pure water consistency with some spices added. Even a soup has more consistency to it. I poured some onto the rice to try give it some flavour but it didn’t make a difference as it just ran off it like water. For this poor food we were charged €30. I must say I am pretty horrified to pay €30 for potatoes, rice and water. I have been vegetarian 23 years and have never been given a vegetarian meal with no vegetables especially in an Indian restaurant! The cost of the ingredients would have been so low that I left feeling very ripped off and very hungry! I did speak to management and was informed very rudely that I don’t have any knowledge on South Indian food. I have visited South Indian restaurants for over 20 years in many countries and have also got friends from South India itself who taught me how to cook traditional dishes. It also doesn’t take an expert to know that rice and potatoes is not a balanced meal and nowhere near the traditional thalis. I feel no effort was made to ensure the people dining at the restaurant were given a good balanced thali or get value for their money. The staff were extremely rude. Even when I first came to the restaurant the only table that was empty was in the middle of a crammed room and I am pregnant so was in peoples way and getting hit by people passing. When a table became available I moved to get out of the way, our food hadn’t yet arrived so I thought this would be fine as it’s a café but the girl working there was rather rude about me moving. The experience as a whole was very bad, what was worse than the extremely poor food was the attitude of the management which was extremely arrogant and disrespectful. I would not return to this restaurant and I urge them to put more effort into the thali options as what was presented to us was an extortionate price for basically rice and potatoes.
Reviewed 22nd October 2013 (visited 22 October 2013 )
I can't say enough how much I love this place. I adore Indian food and it's difficult to find something really really authentic - until you find Iyers. The first time I tried it I got a thali to take back to the office for lunch - I rang my husband and told him I was back in Chennai - it's 100% authentic amazing delicious food. The staff are incredible, there's a lovely cosy atmosphere, and I'd say even if you were just after eating, if you walked past Iyers, the smell of the incredible food would draw you back in. Love love love love this place, and every time I go back it reinforces that.