I recently returned from a lovely few days in Athlone, a great part of the country and now so easily accessible on the N6. It was a few years since my last visit and I wondered if the delicious gluten free Indian meal I'd enjoyed the first time could be repeated. To my delight when we turned onto The Docks in Athlone, Mother India was still there situated on the corner. A cheerful invite at the door immediately made us feel welcome. We hoped to get the window seat upstairs overlooking the Shannon (best seat in the house!), however as it was already reserved we sat in the cosy room downstairs. There is an extensive and varied menu at Mother India, which immediately gets the taste buds going. The mains of Chicken Tikka Karahi-chicken cooked in medium sauce fresh garlic, ginger with a touch of yoghurt & the Chicken Balti-a typical Punjabi dish prepared in a karahi with spices, garlic, ginger and finished with a touch of yoghurt were complimented by freshly cooked Pailu rice, which was delicately flavoured with herbs and spices. Both dishes were perfectly cooked and aromatic, just as I remembered from our previous visit if not better. Following our main courses and bottle of wine we finished with a favourite of ours, which we first tried at Mother India, a traditional Punjabi tea prepared with spices, milk and sugar. Again this was just how I remembered and a really nice way to finish off a spicy meal.
The staff were helpful with any gluten free requests and prices are very reasonable. They also have a thriving take-away available. Once again a great gluten free experience at Mother India and I'm looking forward to my return visit soon.
The Docks, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
"Coaching for a Gluten Free Life"