3 Leaves is a unique Indian casual dining room, situated in the heart of Blackrock Market in south county Dublin. This friendly restaurant is run by passionate husband and wife team Chef Santosh and Milie. The name 3 Leaves originated from the three herbs commonly used in Indian cuisine – Mint, Coriander and Curry Leaves. We started as a tiny little stall in Blackrock Market, preparing Indian food lovingly cooked, and served with the warmest service and never-ending smile.
Our menu changes frequently and feature a taster menu platter during the weekday lunch, where you can experience most of Chef Santosh’s distinctive curries. All dishes on the menu are prepared daily to provide best quality Indian food. Food at 3Leaves is served the way Indian food is meant to be eaten – platters of dishes boasting texture and flavours which complement each other.
3 Leaves is recommended by Michelin since 2019 for its classic and contemporary Indian cuisine.
Gold winner of Best Chef in Indian Cuisine, Dublin – Irish Curry Awards 2017 & 2018
For Chef Santosh, becoming a chef was a dream of his from a very young age.
Setting up 3 Leaves in Blackrock came from Santosh’s desire to work as a chef and prepare dishes which highlighted India’s vast and diverse cuisine: It’s no surprise at all that Chef Santosh can’t live without spices: “My vision is to offer my customers a pure taste of India, a symphony of taste for them to experience the depth and flavour of the spices. I believe the soul of any Indian dish is the freshly ground spices, therefore every morning I prepare these spices. Each dishes I make in 3 Leaves has its own blend of spices, which in turn, gives them a unique character.”
The “freedom to be creative with my menu” is Chef Santosh’s favourite part of his job. When he started 3 Leaves, he wanted to “change the perception of Indian cuisine as a hot and sweating meal” and make it an enjoyable experience for everyone.
The front of office is run by Milie Mathew, who is also work as a cancer nurse. Milie loves to greet you with a smile and help you navigate through the menu to find your choices. She won the Best Front of House award at the Irish Curry Awards 2019
From the Press
This sweet little eatery sits within a bohemian market and is always packed. Simple lunches follow a ‘when it’s gone, it’s gone’ approach – go for the great value ‘Taster’ menu.