BEST FOR CASUAL FINE DINING NEW SHELBOURNE SOCIAL
Number One Ballsbridge, Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Tel: (01) 963 9777 shelbournesocial.com
Having recovered from a career-threatening back injury, Dylan McGrath is cooking up a storm again in this split-level polished wood and plush leather banquette establishment. Buzz-wise, it’s pure Manhattan, chi-chi but not pretentious with a good mix of locals and expense account types. Whether looking to Vietnam (Fried Steamed Bao Bun with Sticky Smoked
Short Rib & gruyere Cheese) or Italy
(Duck Papparadelle with Goats Curd & Crispy Sage) for inspiration, this culinary globetrotter has a knack for getting it right. The Hot Curd Bread is something of a signature – with Shaved Foie Gras, Prunes Cooked in Brandy, Pine Nuts & Pistachio it’s heading into Michelin Star territory – as is the Double Cheese Royale Wagyu Burger.
Best Dish: Cod in Fermented Lemon with Shiitake Mushroom, Crab Broth & Ginger – € 28