The Castleknock Hotel was a buzz with excitement as over 200 guests gathered for the inaugural Asian Restaurant Awards.
Competition was fierce for the forty-three awards on offer, covering a variety of categories such as Best New Indian Restaurants, Japanese Restaurants, Fine Dining, Front of House and many more. Asheesh Dewan of the Jaipur Group, which includes Jaipur Dalkey, Jaipur Malahide, Ananda Dundrum and Chakra Greystones received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Set up by former restaurateur and hospitality consultant Paul O’Connor and foodwriter and journalist Suzanne Campbell, the Asian Restaurant Week and Awards celebrated not only the amazing talent on our doorstep but also highlighted the ever-expanding asian food scene in Ireland. From establishing the well-known Irish Food Writing Awards in 2021, they wanted to celebrate and reward the cuisines, restaurants and chefs who have enriched Ireland in so many ways.
Restaurants finalists were from both Northern and Southern Ireland representing food from China, Japan, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, and cuisines from the South East Asian region.
Asheesh Dewan of the Jaipur Group, which includes Jaipur Dalkey, Jaipur Malahide, Ananda Dundrum and Chakra Greystones received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Founder of Asian Restaurant Awards, Paul O’Connor said ‘Having been involved with Asian food businesses for many years the community was continually asking me to host something to celebrate Asian food in Ireland. So this restaurant week and awards celebrate the varied cuisines and culture of India and countries in this region.’
See the Dublin winners below and decide where to try for your next night out!
Outstanding Achievement Award – Asheesh Dewan
Best Chef, Dublin – Santosh Thomas, 3 Leaves, Blackrock
Best Early Evening Menu, Dublin – Khushee, Sandymount
Best Casual Restaurant, Dublin – Zouq, Clonsilla
Best Street Food, Dublin – Delhi to Dublin
Best Neighbourhood Restaurant, Dublin – Jaipur, Malahide
Best Front of House, Dublin – Vermillion, Terenure
Special Community Award – Haldi by Manish, Rush, for their autism friendly Sunday afternoons
Best Fine Dining, Dublin – Ananda, Dundrum
South East Asian
Best New Dim Sum, Dublin – Lucky Tortoise, Temple Bar
Best Dim Sum Restaurant, Dublin – Bites by Kwanghi, Dublin Docklands
Best Cocktail Experience South East Asian – Saba, Baggot Street
Best Front of House South East Asian, Dublin – Siam Thai, Dundrum
Best South East Asian Takeaway – Saba to Go, Rathgar
Best Chinese Restaurant – Big Fan, Dublin
Best Japanese Restaurant, Dublin – Okky, Aungier St
Best Indian Takeaway, Dublin – Masala, Killiney
Best Children’s Menu, Dublin – Taza, Artane
Best Nepalese Restaurant, Dublin – Kathmandu Kitchen, Dame Street
Best Neighbourhood Chef, Dublin – Joginder Singh, Spice Village, Terenure
Best Wine Experience, Dublin – Ruchii, Blackrock
Best Indian Restaurant Cocktail Experience – Kinara Kitchen, Ranelagh
Best Restaurant Manager, Dublin – Talha Pasha, Kinara Kitchen
Best Indian Restaurant, Dublin – Daata, Glastule
The awards, founded by Suzanne Campbell and Paul O’Connor are kindly sponsored by Cobra beer, Asia Market, FBD Hotels, The Chai People, Postree, Ballygowan and Whelehan’s Wines
Featured Image Traditional dancers at the Asian Food Awards
Pictures Peter Houlihan
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