From pizzas to the perfect sharing platters and from Pakistani to Peruvian-inspired menus, there’s something for every palate in this week’s line-up of restaurant news
InterContinental Dublin’s Terrace Garden might just be one of Dublin’s best kept secrets, and is the ideal location to enjoy an alfresco long lunch, cocktails or dinner with friends or family. (If the weather takes a turn, retreat to the newly refurbished Lobby Lounge). As for menu details – healthy salads and all the classics from crab rolls to new vegan burgers are on offer. My top picks are the Wine & Cheese Delight for two people served with a bottle of Don David Malbec Reserve, (€45), as well as the popular InterContinental Platter, which includes Caesar salad, beef sliders, a trio of chicken dishes served with skinny fries and a glass of bubbly. Bookings are advised on [email protected]
The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Dublin recently unveiled its new restaurant – The Chancery Grill. It’s an elegant art-filled space with a focal point being its impressive horseshoe cocktail bar. The setting of cosy booths and banquettes, marble-topped tables and Sputnik chandelier lighting is the backdrop to its focus on signature house cocktails and the asador grill. Chef Tommy Butler’s ethos is of keeping the food as simple and as local as possible. Most of the dishes on the menu have one great Irish ingredient unlocked via the smoking, charring and caramelising. Old school techniques like curing and pickling are also part of the daily preparations for the menu; www.thechancerygrill.ie.
Wilde at The Westbury has reopened in all its glamour with an appropriately-named “Everything’s Rosé” menu – featuring the best rosé wines curated by Wilde’s award-winning head sommelier, Philip Dunne. The restaurant’s elegant terrace has been decorated with a floral display by Appassionata, while a special menu has been prepared by executive chef, Sandeep Singh. Guests may choose from a variety dishes such as Dover sole, John Stone dry-aged ribeye, organic Clare Island salmon, grilled spatchcock chicken or vegetarian orecchiette al pesto calabrese; www.wilde.ie.
The Hard Rock Hotel Dublin’s new Zampas Bar & Restaurant is now open for dinner. Head chef Stuart Heeney brings Lima to Lord Edward Street celebrating two countries and cultures (and their shared love of potatoes!), with Peruvian dishes created from the finest local produce. Enjoy a pre-dinner aperitif with fish ceviche or fluffy sweetcorn pancakes with St Tola cheese, while recommended main course options include Peruvian-style roast chicken from the asador or a 28-day dry-aged ribeye cooked to order on the kitchen’s impressive charcoal grill. Churros with cinnamon sugar and chocolate sauce are an indulgent finale. Afterwards, tour the hotel’s music memorabilia collection which includes items from artists such as David Bowie, Hozier, The Rolling Stones, U2 and Kurt Cobain. There’s also an art collection which spans the entire hotel featuring works from Irish artists including Jim Fitzpatrick, Duda, Helen O’Higgins and Neil Powell. A three-course dinner with a classic Pisco Sour and a self-guided music and art tour costs €45 per person; www.zampas.ie.
For the perfect panoramic photo of Dublin and a relaxing dinner, Layla’s rooftop terrace atop The Devlin Hotel in Ranelagh ticks many boxes. Open during the week from 5pm – 10pm, it is now serving weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 4pm in addition to dinner; [email protected] / 01 4060182.
Iconic Clontarf pub, Harry Byrne’s, has just reopened and is teaming up with BoCo restaurant to bring their prized pizzas to the community in a purpose built wood-fired pizza truck “BoCo on Fire” – formerly a fire engine! Harry Byrne’s has also extended its covered terrace to make it even more spacious for customers and to ensure health, safety and social distancing measures can be adhered to. Food and drinks are served from 4pm Monday to Friday and from 2pm Saturday and Sunday; www.boco.ie ; www.harrybyrnes.ie
Sometimes only some naan bread and chicken tikka will hit the spot. If that’s what you are craving, Dublin’s Pakistani and Eastern cuisine restaurant collective, Kinara Group, has reopened its three restaurants today, and will also continue their temporary collection food service until August 30. Kinara Kitchen Ranelagh, Kinara Clontarf and Kajjal Malahide are open for sit down service – with popular dishes including lamb shish, chicken tikka and chicken biryani, with a wide variety of vegetarian options available too; www.kinara.ie.
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