- 6 Nov, 2017 -
THE PIGS EAR | REVIEW
Being an avid lover of food, a culinary enthusiast and, to be frank, a downright gastronomic greedy-guts, no trip away would be complete without feeding my bottomless pit of an appetite with the best food in town.
Coming across The Pigs Ear - a traditional Irish Restaurant, serving Irish cuisine with a contemporary twist - I knew it was the one. It was only assisted by the fact that they were awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2009 and have retained it ever since! Fab. Reservation made.
Hidden behind a bright pink door on Nassau St. you simply cannot miss it. The restaurant itself, overlooking Trinity College, Dublin is spread over three floors and is light, welcoming and homely.
Sitting down at a quaint table for two I ordered a glass of Riesling and checked out the menu. With an option to choose their lunch / early evening set menu (priced at €21.95 (£19.60) for 2 courses or €26.95 (£24.00) for 3 – very reasonable in my eyes) or ordering from the A la Carte, we elected for the latter as there was much more choice.
The bread – a delicate and light soda bread, traditionally Irish and naturally wonderful – took the edge off two very hungry tourists. The butter was pleasantly salty too, and when spread on that stupendous soda bread it made for a nice little snack.
Potato Soup, Salt Baked Celeriac, Toasted Hazelnuts, Chive Oil €6.95 (£6.20)
Now there is something about celeriac that I just adore. I go absolutely nuts for it. In my opinion the most underrated of vegetables and beats the hell out of its sister veg; butternut squash and sweet potato.
Its delicate yet nutty, celery-ish aroma reminds me of my late Grandma and as soon as I taste it I’m boomeranged back in time to 1995 and the delight of when she used to serve me celery soup, as a then 7 year old child.
Safe to say I was smitten with the soup.
Lambay Island Crab, Pickled Onions, Apple, Black Raddish & Squid Ink Cracker €12.95 (£11.50)
Louis’ starter was also a winner. The crab meat was delicately shredded and soft, with the pickled onions and black radish adding a zestiness to the dish. The added apple aided and abetted the flavours and Louis had scoffed the squid ink crackers before I could even get a taste.
Next, the main courses. My short rib was cooked to perfection, tender and flaky it was melt-in-the-mouth whilst the oyster mushroom, garlic and bone marrow were like a match made in heaven. Every ingredient on the plate was spot on and made for an incredibly tasty and enjoyable meal.
Stout Braised Short Rib, Onion, King Oyster Mushroom, Garlic & Bone Marrow €26.95 (£24.00)
The BBQ pork belly was devoured by Louis. One of his all-time favourite dishes I could tell he enjoyed it as we didn’t speak a word to one another until our cutlery clinked down onto two empty plates.
Bbq Pork Belly, Cavolo Nero, Torched Sweetcorn, Pork Crackling & Mustard €24.95 (£22.30)
Champ Mash €3.95 (£3.50)
We didn’t have room for desserts, which to me is an excellent representation of a restaurant doing it well.
In a nutshell it was an excellent experience with an emphasis on great cooking and good value for money. The Pigs Ear truly is a great local bistro and a gem right in the centre of Irelands capital, and for us, worth the travel from Manchester alone.