The Pig's Ear

Price guide: Mid-range

Nassau Street , Dublin, 2

Price guide: Mid-range

Street entrance

By Yvonne Kerr , your Dublin expert

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#16 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Dublin
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4.3
4.3
Service:
4.8
4.8
Location:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Seasoned travellers, Chilling out, Design and architecture, Escaping the crowds, No fuss, Romance

Expert review of The Pig's Ear

One of Dublin's little secrets, The Pig's Ear is a sure bet for the best local Irish produce.

 I found out about The Pig's Ear on the Dublin grapevine, as this relative newcomes doesn't shout too loudly, because it doesn't need to -- the fantastic food speaks for itself.  A little removed from the city centre melee, this is the place for couples, family gatherings and business head to heads, where you can easily chat, on one of two floors, in the comfotable, yet modest surroundings, of an old Georgian house, looking across to Trinity College. 

Food and drink: 

Head chef Stephen McAllister sticks to his guns, serving genuine, traditional Irish fare, in the freshest way, with favorites like carrot soup or pork and bacon brawn, treated to a modern twist. Even our revered Clonakilty black pudding is spruced up with a new potato salad, lakeshore mustard and toasted hazelnuts.

Recommended dishes: 

 The last time I dined here, I chose the baked goats cheese starter on the a la carte menu, which oozed flavour, followed by honey roasted pork belly with pearl barley, and spiced prunes - the perfect combination of traditional and spice. Delicious. 

Ambience: 

 Almost a French cafe feel to the place, with wooden floors, and quirky additions hanging on walls, such as Aran jumpers, to add a homely , or shabby chic, vibe. Upstairs feels a little more formal. Overall, casual dining.

Service: 

Friendly and informal, but very attentive. 

Location: 

 Left of centre, towards Merrion Square from Grafton Street.  The almost hidden entrance adds a feeling of escape.

Price advice: 

The best value is for lunch from Mon-Sat when two courses are 15.95euros or three for 19.95euros.  Early evening menu also offers great value; two courses 19.95euros and three courses 24.95euros. 

Tables to book: 

 Again, window tables offer pleasant views across to Trinity College, but for a more comfortable vibe, I prefer the ambience on the second floor.

More information on The Pig's Ear :

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Brasserie, Restaurant
Food:
Irish, Seafood, Steak, Traditional
Address:
Nassau Street , Dublin, 2
Telephone:
00353(1) 6703865
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Lunch 12-3pm; Dinner 5.30-10pm; Early bird 5.30-6.30pm. Closed Sundays.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
A la carte

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