Lewis Cummings, a Londoner, fell in love with the freshness and vibrancy of south Indian food while travelling in Kerala in 2005. Kerala Kitchen started out with Lewis selling homemade south Indian food from a van, in Donegal, in 2009. Soon word spread, with queues forming on a Friday and Saturday night. It became a local fixture. His girlfriend (now wife), Gráinne encouraged him to try his luck in the thriving Dublin street food scene and he did. He set up his stall in the lunch time market at Mespil Road - again word spread. Workers would come out in rain, wind and snow to queue for their weekly curry and business grew.
You can now find us at lunchtime markets at East Point, Spencer Dock, Mespil Road, Percy Place and Sandyford - our stalls are the ones with the pink elephant!
Every summer we hit the road with our hand-painted Indian style trailer, going to festivals such as Sea Sessions, Body & Soul, Longitude and Electric Picnic. The trailer, with its colourful explosion of design, motifs and symbols had become a real talking point - and was featured in Image magazine and the Irish Independent. On the back, it has the ubiquitous “Horn Please”, summoning you to beep when overtaking – the rules of the road, Indian style. As they say in India “If your truck is beautiful, then your business will be prosperous.”
Now we've finally put down roots with our very own restaurant at 5 Upper Baggot Street. We've lovingly converted the old Georgian building with communal tables - which have become a real social hub - and authentic Indian antiques. Gráinne took care of the interior design - the result being part Georgian Dublin, part roadside Indian restaurant.
We are keeping the casual approach we have fostered at markets and festivals - food is still served or delivered in paper cartons, and brown paper bags.
We have added lots of exciting new dishes to the menu. Freshly made mint chutney with mint, coriander, green chilli and fresh lemon juice; chargrilled, marinated chicken tikka; spicy chicken 65 topped with red onion and coriander, zingy kuchumber salad – are just some of our hits.
We hope to see you soon.