This blog is slightly different from any other. Copper and Spices launched their Autumn Winter tasting menu on Tuesday 7th October. I would normally blog about the food and atmosphere but I think my opinion would be slightly bias, seen as I own the restaurant, I don’t think it makes for good reading when you blog about yourself and blow your own trumpet, so I got all the guests to write down their experiences of the food, service and over all atmosphere. All content is genuine, good bad or indifferent.
Keith Dawn and Jamie Crawford ” We were greeted by Carmel Corrigan, owner of Copper and Spices with a big smile, glass of bubbles and a perfect atmosphere. For anyone who wants to experience the true Taste of India look no further than Copper and Spices Navan. Without doubt the best Indian food we have ever experienced. Bhalla Papdi Chat, lentil dimpling with tea infused chickpeas, they left a subtle but surprising taste a great start ( Jamies Quote) Scallops and Crab, presentation was amazing as they say you eat with your eyes, cooked to perfection, and a surprise to see on the menu, but a must try for seafood lovers. Pork belly and Shrimp, one of my favourites, but with an Indian twist, I’m converted. Lamb and venison, cooked to perfection, the lamb just melted in your mouth, the venison was excellent. Dessert, see below. We would like to thank Carmel and Nitin on a fantastic night, and a big thank you to the staff for yet another special evening. FYI DESSERT was amazballs, them macaroons were to die for. xxx”
Lisa Boyle ” Very pleasant evening, glass of bubbly on arrival was a lovely touch. Great chance to try new dishes. Fish dish – delicious. Just the right amount of spices, 2nd dish Crab ball was yum, cauliflower puree went really well. 3rd dish prawns and pork belly, not sure bout the two together, but each component very nice (pork would be even yummier with crackling on top) Music creates nice atmosphere, love big candle holders and decor. Lovely staff, very helpful. I think Carmel is made for the job the way she chats to each table.”
Shane Glynn ‘The restaurant is quite pleasent and welcoming. First time here and first time to taste Indian food. The first 3 course were presented and tasted fabulous. The spices on the food were not to much and left an enjoyable taste in the mouth. We would return to the restaurant in the future and recommend to our friends.”
Benny and Pauline Reilly ” Lovely friendly welcome with a glass of prosecco and a photo. The restaurant looks fab, very well laid out. Nice welcoming introduction to the evening by Carmel. Welcomed regular and new customers alike. Food was fantastic very tasty with just enough spice. Plates were very artistic and tasted as good as they look. Absolutely loved the pork and shrimps, it tasted sensational. Hubbys fav (so far) was Bhalla Papdi Chat. Great atmosphere, fab food, friendly staff. Will definitely be back again. Thank you.”
Aoife and David Reilly ” 1st 2nd 3rd course stunning. Pork Belly amazing, never enjoyed pork belly like this in our life. Fabulous combination of flavours, spices and textures on every dish so far. Really seeing Indian food in a whole new light. With Carmel on front of house and Nitin in the kitchen it makes the ‘perfect” dining experience. Fabulous atmosphere and most importantly fabulous food. Definite for a date night.”
Nicola and Gordon McGuirk “Bhalla Papdi Chat, even though there was no meet the lentil dumpling was so ‘meaty’ we didn’t miss it. Loved the chickpea mix. Left a lovely heat after taste. This was our favourite dish so far this evening. Scallops and Crab, first time eating scallops not a seafood fan but enjoyed it – not to fishy. Really enjoyed the crab croquette, soft and full of flavour. Excellent plate display, nice heat at back of throat. Pork and Shrimps, pork was soft and delicious. Enjoyed the Dhal. Shrimps were lukewarm and didn’t taste the chilli flavour, perhaps Dhal over powered the chilli.”
Lorraine Melia and Des Corbet “We were warmly welcomed to the autumn winter tasting menu night at copper and spices with a lovely glass of bubbly. The night flowed perfectly from there, each course prepared for the next leaving us anticipating what came next. Had a very enjoyable night and as usual Carmel was the perfect hostess while Nitin works his magic in the back ground. Fabulous night, thank you for having us. PS omg- dessert – restaurant went quite. ”
Claire Davey ” Nice neat flavours off the Bhalla Papdi Chat. The different textures of scallops/crab meat, cauliflower puree worked amazing together. Combination of mustard and curry crab meat, wow amazing. Ill be trying that at home. Melt in your mouth Pork Belly, nice hints of cinnamon from it. Perfect combo to the Dhal. Shrimp could do with more chilli/Lime very mild for my taste. Delicious Lamb cutlet, very tender and flavoursome, I felt the venison wasn’t at the same standard as the other items. It tasted very bland, over powered by the spring roll, it could have been any meat inside. Some jus or sauce would help? PANACOTTA PERFECTION, so many delicate flavours, did I taste Basil? The macaroon was a brilliant burst of coconut/pistachio. Nice to see local/Irish craft beers on draft, I hope more restaurants follow your lead. Thanks for a great evening”
Tammy Byrne Tony Fogarty ” Enjoying the company and food. The food is fabulous, each course getting better. So we are looking forward to our final course, especially the dessert. The flavours and textures are fantastic and the presentation is 100%. I myself am not a fan of Indian food but have to say after tonight I am converted and I would gladly travel the 2 hours for dinner here again and we will book. DESSERT: WOW an orgasm in a bowl. ”
Collette Carolan Grainne Cahil ” Fantastic food, just amazing well done Carmel and Nitin and staff. Very enjoyable evening.”
Emma Mangan ” Pork and Shrimp was my favourite course, the flavour and combination of both the shrimp and pork was very enjoyable. Combination of flavours in the dishes were both unusual and exceptional, Tea infused Chickpeas.
Sylvia Skelton “Wow everything was amazing, had to choose a favourite, but pushed it would be the cinnamon lamb cutlet. Very enjoyable night, both relaxing and entertaining. Carmel was the perfect hostess as usual , one of my favourite restaurants, never fails to impress”
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Big thank you to The North Meath Herald and Kieran Mcguire Photos.
Copper and Spices Autumn Winter tasting menu is available until the end January.
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