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  • 318 Clontarf Road
    Dublin 3
    Republic of Ireland
    Clontarf
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  • Phone number +353 1 8336759
  • Business website kinara.ie

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  • 5.0 star rating
    23/7/2013

    So it's a Sunday evening, you're still slightly hungover and also a little disappointed from the poor meal the night before. What better way to end the weekend than dinner in Kinara.
    We've been here several times, but this visit has to be the best by far. The restaurant wasn't too busy and we opted to take a table upstairs. Unfortunately all the window seats were taken but we still got a table close enough to be able to look out over the bay at the full moon. Planning to only have a couple of glasses of wine, I chose the wine of the month a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. It was just perfect. My date for the evening went with a Tiger beer.
    To start we decided to share a main on suggestion from our fantastic waiter. We had the Tandoori Khas which was a selection of meat and veg cooked in a clay oven. It was sublime. The lamb was just amazing.
    We are both trying to be healthy at the moment and keeping off the carbs so for main both of us chose the Tandoori Monk fish. I've had the starter monk fish before which is always delicious and I was worried this wouldn't be as good. It didn't disappoint and would be reason enough to return. Monk fish can often be tough, but this was so tender and delicious.
    We fell off the wagon slightly, ordering some Garlic Naan with some Tikka Masala sauce for dipping, but it was worth it.
    To finish a simple scoop of chocolate ice cream. My folks always say they don't like Indian or Pakistani cuisine, but I will definitely be bringing them here.
    Definitely worth a try, can be a little pricey but they also do a great Early Bird.

  • 3.0 star rating
    12/6/2014

    Had the early bird here yesterday with wife and two friends.
    I thought the dishes looked a bit on the small side when they came out, but we all know that looks can be deceiving. I had the curried lamb balls for main and was a bit dissapointed there was only four. And yet, I only just about managed to finish them. They seem to have got the balance of portion size just right; not too much or little.
    the food was very good but the service was excellent; not overbearling or neglectful. It was like baby bear's porridge, chair and bed; just right.
    There is a decent selection of gluten free dishes too.
    As I was driving I was on the alcohol free beer. They stock Cobra free, probably one of the better alcohol free beers I've had, which was a nice surprise.

    A good 3 stars; not raving about it, but it was well worth the money and visit and I'd happily go back.

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/7/2009
    First to Review

    Each dish can feed more than two despite being served in individual pots, but my friends and I couldn't agree on entrees.  I drank a mango lassi.  I recommend the mughul khopra [chunky chicken curry with creamed coconut] which was better than the version I had in London.  My friend had loki mushroom because she's a vegetarian.  I shared Anna's mughlai murghi (chicken breast pieces with eggplant and shredded coconut).  

    Its worth a visit even though its in the suburbs.  Murgh tikka masala, naan, and pilau rice are my comfort foods ever since that meal.  My hotel called in our reservation and recommended the lobster tails.  This was the best Northern Indian or Pakistani food I have ever eaten.  We couldn't finish the meal but the restaurant doesn't offer takeaway containers.

  • 4.0 star rating
    19/4/2011

    This has to be one of my favourite restaurants in Dublin. I've been going for years and have never been disappointed. Their Pakistani food is authentic and tasty. I'd love to recommend some dishes but I can never remember the names!
    Their a la carte menu is quite expensive so I always go for the early bird, which is perfectly finished off by a bowl of kulfi, the best way to cool down after a curry.
    Kinara is in kind of a random location and sometimes parking can be a bit of a pain, but it has lovely views across Dublin Bay and at night time it's quite romantic.

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/7/2009

    It's funny that as specific a type of a restaurant as Pakistani decided to open in the suburbs of Clontarf, but there you go, I suppose.

    The food in Kinara is very good: if you like Indian food, but the person you are eating out with can't handle spicy, Pakistani cuisine is the way to go.
    Whenever I get Indian, I usually get lamb, and Kinara do a lovely dish called Palak Gosht: lamb, spinach and coriander. If you enjoy your Lamb Saag, this is the man for you.

    Kinara isn't terribly cheap: the food is nice, but you'll pay for it. And one other thing: Kinara is handy enough to get to from town (just hop on a 130 on Abbey St), but I live less than two miles from the place and it is maddeningly awkward to get there from where I am. I know that this is Dublin Bus' fault rather than Kinara's, but they could have avoided all of this had they have been considerate enough to open in Raheny instead.

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    5.0 star rating
    13/8/2008

    This is by far one of the nicest restaurants I have ever been to. Set on the Clontarf sea front the views from outside the restaurant are so stunning that I got distracted from going into the restaurant before I realised how hungry I was, and I'm so glad that I made it inside because this is a meal not to be missed. Far from being your typical Indian restaurant, this place also serves Pakistani dishes which gives you a much wider range to chose from and are equally delicious. The house red wine was so good that we ended up purchasing and additional bottle to take home with us.

    After our three course meal was finished, they were getting very busy and so had to ask us to leave, but were happy for us to move to the bar upstairs and continued to serve us cocktails up there. All in all I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough, it is very popular amongst Clontarf residents and for very good reason!

  • 5.0 star rating
    20/9/2012

    Really nice restaurant with really good food. Suburb location overlooking bull island. Service is very good too which is usually the norm for pakistani/indian restaurants. Good early bird on during selected days also.

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/3/2012

    Food is wonderful but for a lunch it is too slow particularly when you're on a deadline! However, if you are lucky enough to be able to while away an afternoon then you could do it in style here.  The dishes are wonderful, I had lamb cutlets as a starter with a prawn curry for mains. Very filling and just right on portion sizes.  I will be back when not in a hurry to fully experience the joys of this restaurant.

  • 5.0 star rating
    12/7/2012 Updated review
    5 check-ins here
    Listed in Clontarf

    Was here again recently, the standard is as good as ever!

    5.0 star rating
    28/4/2012 Previous review
    I've been going here since it opened (13 odd years ago? Now I feel old!) I'm not big on spicey food… Read more
    • Qype User iamana…
    • Dublin, Republic of Ireland
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    • 48 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    4/2/2009 Updated review

    This is the perfect restaurant for any Chinese food lovers. The menu is extensive and they are very happy to oblige for people on specific diets. The value is unbelievable. They have a full bar stocked and they offer a free drink after the meal. The staff are extremely friendly and the atmosphere is calm and enjoyable. It is on the bus route so easy to get to. This would be my choice for a Chinese restaurant on the Northside, it's a great place. There's a bar downstairs to finish off the night too! Perfect Place for a treat!

    4.0 star rating
    4/2/2009 Previous review
    The food in this restaurant is delicious. Nothing bad could be said about the food. They do a good… Read more
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