The Winding Stair

I’m usually a little skeptical when it comes to early bird or pre theatre menus. Not really sure why. Maybe it’s because some places make it feel like they’re doing you a favour by offering you simple, cheaper meals that don’t taste great but fill you up. The pre-theatre menu at The Wind Stair is definitely not one of these.

3 courses for €32. Great value and amazing food. I doubt many restaurants in Dublin have as an iconic view as this one too. You can gaze out over the heart of Dublin’s fair city and the Ha’penny Bridge from the window seats, or watch the magic happen in the kitchen from some other seats.

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Billed as ‘homemade, local food, sourced from Irish artisan producers’, the menu looks and sounds a little fancy but is great. Starters were whipped home-smoked trout, duck liver mousse or asparagus and crispy egg. The smoked trout sat atop a lovely slice of fried bread. The duck came with some beautiful, crunchy flat bread and blood orange sauce. And the asparagus arrived with an egg and hollandaise. Each dish was beautifully presented and tasted absolutely incredible.

Mains arrived just as impressive as the starters. Perfectly cooked Irish Waters’ coley, boxty, cockle and mussel tarragon butter and York cabbage, smoked bacon chop, black pudding croquette, rhubarb, turnip and parsley sauce and crispy nettle polenta, creamed leeks, pea and wild garlic ketchup, shaved Cáis na Tíre and Mildue Farm purple broccoli were all outstanding in their own right. Genuinely hard to fault anything from this course. Just stunning food.

Dessert was an unplanned but well taken course. The best way to end a meal is with a fantastic dessert. There were 4 on offer. We took all 4.

From the bread and butter pudding to the champagne, strawberry mess, the Guinness cake to chocolate mousse with raspberry marshmallows, each one of them looked and tasted absolutely sublime. The raspberry marshmallows were one of the nicest desserts I’ve ever had!

This place is definitely worth trying out, especially with the value you get in the pre theatre menu. And on a nice evening the view would be lovely. Nice food, nice setting, a nice place to wind down.

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