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.
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.
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.
Friendly and informal, but very attentive.
Left of centre, towards Merrion Square from Grafton Street. The almost hidden entrance adds a feeling of escape.
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.
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- No fuss
- Chilling out
- Design and architecture