Restaurant: Jewel in the Crown
Type: South Indian food
Location: South William Street , City Centre South
Date of visit: 24 June 2009
We visited this Indian restaurant smacked right in the city centre around 2pm, surprisingly not crowded. The smallish interior was painted in blue and faint yellow.
The restaurant does extremely good valued lunches. Main courses (6 choices) at €7.50 each comes with rice or naan bread while starter (3 choices) is tagged at €2.50 only.
Naan bread was made fresh and served hot. It was crispy at edges, very nice. Karai was medium hot, the spices and the tomato based sauce blended in well with the tender chicken chunks.
The big chicken chunks were succulent (they were treated in the clay oven on skewers) smothered heavily in the creamy spiced sauce. It was a very rich dish and flavourful. Pilau rice was very hearty and on the oily side which we did not mind at all. In my opinion, the dish could be presented with a slight effort of garnishing.
The only thing I was not happy about was the stained fabric napkins, they should really replace it with disposable napkins or at least clean ones. The waiter who served us seemed uninspired, other than that, service was ok.
This place definitely warrants a visit.