The noted Indian restaurant Ruchii in Blackrock celebrated the launch of its new premises with an opening party for food writers, regular customers and media guests.
Local politicians in attendance included Minister of State Josepha Madigan, Senator Gerry Horkan and Councillor Maurice Dockrell. From the world of food, guests included Darina Coffey from Taste.ie, Rachel Supple, Wayne Lawlor, Vritti Bansal and Suzanne Campbell. Fergal Bowers, RTE’s health correspondent was one of several guests from the healthcare world as restaurant owner Murali Sayana is also a well known orthopaedic surgeon.
Their new menu features many dishes blending local Irish ingredients with Indian spices and cooking methods – Nalli Nihari; Wicklow lamb shank slow cooked over eight hours, Copra Beef; Irish beef with roast copra gravy and the wonderful Tokri Chaat – a finely woven basket crafted from Irish potatoes filed with chaat; a blend of chickpeas, vermicelli and pomengranate. The wine list has been curated by well known wine writer Tom Doorley.
Ruchii’s new premises is at 9 George’s Avenue. The restaurant opens for its soft launch from August 24th and is fully open from September 7th.
Ruchii which means “taste” in Sanskrit and Hindi, is known for its high quality cuisine. It is also a much-loved neighbourhood restaurant serving Irish and international diners including Cher, who booked out the restaurant on her last visit to Ireland.
Ruchii is owned by Murali Sayana and chef patron Sateesh Sayana who are both from Hyderabad. Murali is both a restaurateur and a senior orthopaedic surgeon in Ireland and is passionate about Indian cuisine from throughout the sub-continent. This is reflected in Ruchii which presents a range of cuisines; from tandoori dishes cooked by their specialised Tandoori chef, to southern Indian dishes such as Mango Coconut Jumbo Prawns and Murgh Zafrani from the cooking traditions of the northern Mughal Empire.
Chef patron Sateesh Sayana who worked with the Oberoi Hotels group, combines his own blends of exotic spices, traditional cooking methods and locally sourced Irish ingredients to create exceptional tasting food. Sateesh is one of the foremost Indian chefs in Ireland and cooked for Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi on his visit to Ireland.
Ruchii is also an awards pantner on the Irish Food Writing Awards with Indian broadcaster, food writer and consultant chef at Manchester United football club Anjula Devi.
Reservations can now be made via their website
PHOTOS – PAUL SHERWOOD