Cajun seafood chowder – €7
After arriving in Dublin and touring around on the tour bus for a while, we made our first planned stop here for lunch. It was surprise #4 out of 21 for me, as I didn’t know where we were going until we were right outside.
I had in my mind we would be in for a light lunch before we continued our adventures in the afternoon, but 2 hours and 3 courses later, we were left pondering if we’d been to many better places. The food was simply fantastic.
Risotto of chilli, chorizo, roasted red peppers and soft herbs – €7
The menu was split into small plates, main courses, and desserts, only the small plates were not small at all. Beginning with the seafood chowder and risotto, both hearty, nutritious, a little spicy and extremely delicious. Not only were they, and all of the courses we had great in taste, but as you can see, beautifully presented.
Slaney river slow roasted lamb shank, treacle gravy, twice cooked carrots, sautéed potatoes – €19
After seeing a fair few lamb shanks pass our eyes and under our noses whilst we were deciding, I just had to go for it. Jessica originally opted for the fish pie as a main, but one of our two very kind waiters advised that it was pretty similar to her starter, however it is our decision. Her input was most appreciated, and in the end went with the chicken supreme. Neither of us ever looked back…
Pan roasted supreme of chicken, roasted sweet potato, parsnip, red pepper puree, caponata – €13
Despite being pretty full from our ‘starters,’ the food was far to good to leave and waste, and we both managed to finish off a beautiful meal. The lamb fell off the bone with ease, the carrots and potatoes fantastically complimenting flavours. Jessica’s chicken dish gave a perfect balance of savoury and sweet, with a nice kick from the caponata.
Just I was celebrating having managed to finish two amazing plates of food, another came out to my surprise, to the tune of Happy Birthday! Even Jessica forgot this was happening as she emailed them to book a table over 4 months ago, and it just highlighted how great the service was throughout our visit here.
Half baked chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream – complimentary
Overall, it was an absolutely amazing meal, service and the place itself was quirky as it focussed on vintage features, art and craft and old school tunes playing from their vinyl. Filled with locals who clearly know where it’s at, we seriously recommend this place to anyone visiting or living in Dublin.
Customer service: ★★★★