Have a hankering for a proper roast dinner? These are the places to visit for the best Sunday roast in Dublin …
The Sunday roast has come a long way. Forget the offensive carvery offered by suspect pubs under the guise of a ‘traditional roast’, happily they are on the way out. Today’s roast celebrates all that is good about ‘traditional’ Sunday fodder, without the watery vegetables or the insipid meats. Verdant vegetables, proper sauces and quality, aged meats are where it’s at. Have a hankering for a proper roast dinner? These are the places to visit for the best Sunday roast in Dublin.
Fade Street Social, Dublin 2
The Sunday roast at Fade Street Social promises to be a celebration of indulgence at the end of the week, with succulent meats, vegetables and all the trimmings. Kick things off with a comforting onion soup with parmesan croutons, chives and finished with a soft boiled egg while mains course options include signature dishes such as stuffed roast pork with Yorkshire pudding and traditional stuffing, or chicken, ham hock, duck liver and tarragon pie with onion gravy. www.fadestreetsocial.com.
57 The Headline, Dublin 8
The only thing better than a proper Sunday roast, is a Sunday roast served all. day. long. At 57 The Headline, the Sunday menu runs from 1pm – 7pm with two courses priced at €26 or just the roast itself priced at €19. Choose from dry aged Angus Irish beef or free range chicken supreme, each served with all the trimmings including roast potatoes, honey roast carrots, greens and stuffing. The choice of either gravy or wild mushroom sauce is a nice touch. www.57theheadline.com.
The Butcher Grill, Ranelagh
It’s hard to beat the quality of the Sunday roast offering from The Butcher Grill in Ranelagh. If your appetite permits, kick off with a plate of truffle salami or Achill oysters before chowing down on a choice of either Irish beef striploin with horseradish sauce, corn fed chicken with chicken sauce or free range pork rack with apple sauce. All roasts are served with Yorkshire pudding, duck fat roast potatoes, gravy, stuffing, peas and carrots. Sbagliatos are optional. www.thebutchergrill.ie.
FXB – various locations
It goes without saying that the folks at FXB know a thing or two about beef and the Sunday roast offering is no exception. €19.50 will get you a heaving plate of perfectly cooked (to your liking) roast beef, stuffing, crunchy vegetables with a generous swirl of horseradish and lashings of gravy on the side. It never disappoints and the Sunday special of an €8 Bloody Mary does not hurt one iota. www.thebuckleycollection.ie.
Zampas, Dame Street
For a roast with a difference, the Peruvian roast chicken from Zampas at The Hard Rock Hotel is worth tracking down for a taste of Peru without the difficulty in sourcing all the right ingredients. Perfect for the warmer months, the ‘Pollo a la Brasa’ is a whole Irish chicken marinated in a spicy Peruvian marinade, aji verde, and served with grilled corn, handcut chips and a red onion, coriander and feta salad. It’s vibrant, fun food in a buzzy atmosphere that compliments the food perfectly. www.zampas.ie.
Other Sunday roast dinner contenders include The Chop House (www.thechophouse.ie), Juno (www.junobar.ie), The Old Spot (www.theoldspot.ie), Hens Teeth (www.hensteethstore.com) and The Exchequer (www.theexchequerwinebar.ie).