Good Food Ireland Newcomer of the Year

WINNER: Ananda Restaurant (Dublin)

Award winning fine dining Indian Restaurant

Glimpsing the kitchen, the well-turned out chefs, a room that is intriguingly designed with rich tones, large windows and plenty of dark wood there is a complex statement being made here. Ananda sets it’s stall out early. And with good reason.

The chef is Sunil Ghai, who along with owner Asheesh Dewan, is responsible for the excellent Jaipur brand (a group of establishments spread throughout the city). Here however they have managed to distil a modern sense of India, fine dining and a deep and broad understanding of Indian cuisine into one cohesive and impressive whole.

While the format is well trodden – poppadoms and pickles, first and second courses – here you quickly realise things are different. The pickles for a start, deliver subtly and excitement in equal measure. Teasers? They certainly set you up with style.