Gastro town Naas sees another restaurant opening

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Paul O'Meara

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Gastro town Naas sees another restaurant opening

The restaurant is at South Main Street.

Naas’ reputation as the gastronomic centre of Co. Kildare has been further cemented with the opening of a new Indian restaurant at South Main Street.

Amaya Fusion, situated upstairs and adjacent to the post office, is the creation of chefs Mahipal Rana and Dayal Negi,  who are originally from northern India and who have a wealth of experience in the restaurant business in this country. This is their first business venture together.

Amaya Fusion (amaya translates as ‘rain that never stops’), is the latest Indian restaurant to open in Naas, a town with many kinds of eateries.

It’s managed by Mahabir Rana, Mahipal’s son and employs five, including two chefs.

“Basically they decided to set out working for themselves using their combined experience. We’ve been open for about a month now and we’ve had many good reviews and a lot of repeat business even in that time for our food which originates in many parts of India. The food preparation and spices we use have found favour, perhaps as a counter point to the cold and wet weather we sometimes have in Ireland,” said Mahipal.

Notwithstanding the closure of The Candied Walnut at Fairgreen Street recently, there are many eating houses in the town but this was not a disincentive.

“In Dublin suitable locations can be hard to find and property is very expensive to buy or rent. Naas is a nice area and a busy town and it’s not far from Dublin, where some of us live. We’re aware of the competition but we offer something different and people are coming back.

Amaya Fusion has been open seven days a week since opening, between 5.30pm-10.30pm Mon.-Sat. and 1-10pm Sun; although in common with most restaurants it will soon operate on a six day week basis, closing on Monday or Tuesday.