New seasonal menus, summery terraces and inspiring renovations. Penny McCormick rounds up the latest restaurant news …
Il Vicolo Restaurant and Wine Bar, The Bridge Mills, Dominick Street Lower, Galway has reopened its heated riverside terrace with additional seating options – the perfect spot to relax in the sunshine with a cocktail or a glass of Italian wine before ordering from the new summer menu. On offer is modern, authentic Italian cuisine (try the burrata or Sicilian Caponata). Happy hour is every weekend from 4pm – 6pm and its popular Sunday night jazz runs until 10:30pm. www.ilvicolo.ie
It’s always a pleasure to dine at Fire Restaurant and Lounge at the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Its new floral and foliage-themed garden terrace is complemented with a seasonal menu and cocktail list. Sip on a pistachio and lime cocktail with Dingle Gin while perusing the new early bird menu, created by executive head chef Richie Wilson. There’s plenty of tempting, tasty dishes such as salmon Niçoise, vegan options such as fennel and citrus salad and the signature award-winning 8oz Irish Hereford sirloin steak with tobacco onions, Pont Neuf chips, cress salad, brandy pepper and cream sauce. Unlike a lot of early bird set menus, the latter comes with no surplus charge. It’s €32.50 for two courses and the service is exceptional. www.firerestaurant.ie
Where better to celebrate Bastille Day, this Sunday, July 14, than by dining à la française at The Conrad Dublin? Head to Lemuel’s for a selection of French cheeses with two glasses of Lagarde Rouge Grenache Syrah for €25 for two. For those with a sweet tooth, freshly made Paris-Brest patisseries are available with cafe au lait in the chic Coburg, which also has a live crêpe Suzette station (from 8pm to 10pm). Alternatively, head to Alfie Byrnes by Galway Bay Brewery for some moules frites from €10.50. www.conraddublin.com
Cask, 48 MacCurtain Street Cork, has unveiled a new weekend brunch menu. Head chef Bryan McCarthy has elevated brunch classics such as eggs Benedict, French toast and potato, black pudding and beef hash by using local, quality ingredients. Meanwhile cocktails are inspired by the flavours of summer such as gooseberry, honeysuckle, peach leaf, and meadowsweet. Brunch is available from 10.00am – 3.00pm every Saturday and Sunday. www.caskcork.com
The stylish yet unfussy Crow Street Restaurant and Cocktail Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, owned by David Coffey and Damien Quinn, is a stunning renovation of an historic building featuring Bauhaus prints and handcrafted pieces. It has launched a new pre-theatre menu at €19.95 for two courses (available all night on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursdays and until 6.30pm on Friday and Saturday) and also has a new à la carte dinner menu. Padron peppers and prawn bruschetta are some of the starters, with mains including squid ink seafood linguine, crispy lamb shoulder, prawn Scampi and a 16oz ribeye steak on the bone. www.crowstreet.ie
This summer foodies Sinead Foyle and Philippa Duff have opened The Sea Hare Pop-Up Café, located in Joyce’s pub, Cleggan (Connemara, Co Galway), affectionately known by locals as “Bunny’s”. With a daily changing menu, the focus is on foraged foods from the sea and coastline, served from 10am onwards for breakfast, elevenses and lunch. Every Thursday during July and August, Phillipa and Sinead will also host Long Table Seafood Dinners – a mix of good company, a gourmet experience and fun. Tickets for the Sea Hare Pop-Up dinners are available on www.theseahare.ie.
The Donnybrook, 135 Morehampton Road, Dublin 4, is a new venture by chef and restaurateur Oliver Dunne (of Bon Appetit, Beef & Lobster and Cleaver East). Previously known as O’Connell’s, The Donnybrook is defined as a “neighbourhood gastropub” divided into a separate bar and restaurant area, retaining many of the previous structural elements, while a bright contemporary vibe replaces the former traditional décor. Dunne has said the ethos is “come as you are” while the food is fun, imaginative and comforting – crispy squid rings, Lambay Island crab claws and king prawns, coconut and cacao tart and fried fruit doughnuts are some of the highlights. Brunch and a Sunday roast are available at weekends. www.thedonnybrookgastropub.ie
Don’t fancy going out? Then why not order a healthy, sustainable supper from Leon which is now available for delivery on Just Eat. The fast food restaurant opened its first Irish outlet in Temple Bar, Dublin recently and is known for its Mediterranean-inspired menu with salads, vegan burgers, wraps, baked fries and hot boxes the most popular items, alongside its immune boosting juices and kombuchas. Order from the diverse menu from 8am-8pm Monday to Wednesday, 8am-10pm Thursday to Saturday and 10am-8pm on Sunday. www.just-eat.ie
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