Royal Spice Indian Charity Night (Photos)

Spice blending talk at Royal Spice
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Royal Spice Kilkenny

Royal Spice Kilkenny

On Wednesday night, myself and Mrs. Any Given Food-To-Be made the trip to the Royal Spice for their Indian Charity Night in aid of Amber Women’s Refuge Kilkenny. You wouldn’t need to ask us twice to eat there, the restaurant being one of our favourite haunts in Kilkenny. What unfolded at 7:30pm was a buzzing night of Indian cuisine, traditional music, hair styling, spice blending and more besides. With a glass of prosecco put in your hand on arrival, we settled in for what turned out to be a great evening backed by great support from the business community around Patrick Street in Kilkenny.

Spices for blending at Royal Spice

Spices for blending at Royal Spice

Indian Buffet at Royal Spice

Indian Buffet at Royal Spice

The menu for the night was a mix of vegetarian and meat-based dishes, with a variety of starters and mains set up in a buffet style format. The more people came in, the more the food kept coming out, to the point that when I went back for seconds (as I was instructed to!) there was a different selection of dishes from the first time around.

On the menu was

  • Fish Tikka
  • Beguni Bahari
  • Sweet Chilli Chicken
  • Mix Veg Pakora
  • Chicken Sagwala
  • Desi Korma
  • Lamb Jal Archari
  • Shojbi Tarkari
  • Pilau Rice
My loaded plate at Royal Spice

My loaded plate at Royal Spice

Linking the buffet dinner and raffle / prize giving was a round of desserts with tea and coffee, including the meringue and mini eclairs pictured below, as prepared by the Pembroke Hotel (next door to Royal Spice).

Desserts prepared by the Pembroke Hotel

Desserts prepared by the Pembroke Hotel

To close out the night (having witnessed Aidan from Kapelli in action demoing Bollywood hairstyles, some lovely traditional music, herself getting some henna ink done), head chef Nuran Ahmed gave a talk and demo downstairs on blending spices and choosing the right spice for the right meat. Everyone got to go home with a small bag of spices as well, along with a selection of money off and free service / gift vouchers from neighbouring businesses.

Spice blending talk at Royal Spice

Spice blending talk at Royal Spice

The night was the second foodie event aimed at raising funds for the Amber Women’s Refuge Project for Carlow/Kilkenny and given the turnout Wednesday night should be deemed a roaring success. Hopefully too it drummed up some new customers for Royal Spice as the restaurant continues to go from strength to strength.

I didn’t avail of the cocktail bar at the back of the restaurant, manned by the Pembroke Hotel, or put myself in for a beauty treatment from Mint Beauty, but did leave stuffed and buzzing after a great night out. My congratulations to all involved and hopefully there’ll be more events like it locally in the near future.

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Written by Ken McGuire
Writes and talks a lot about food, spending way too much time in the kitchen or behind the lens taking photos. Digital Media Specialist by day, broadcaster by night, living in Kilkenny with Mrs. Any Given Food and two crazy rescue hounds.