Tucked beneath a railway bridge off a cobbled street Bridge Bar & Bistro is an atmospheric restaurant in a historic setting, close to Grand Canal Theatre yet away from passing traffic. Unless you’re familiar with the area you’re unlikely to stumble across it by accident - this is a shame, as it is a great little restaurant serving fabulous food.
Recent changes include reworked menus under new Head Chef Sean Duff, who came to the Bridge via some of Dublin's finest contemporary kitchens - Coppinger Row, Dillingers and Pichet; however regulars can expect the same attentive and genuinely warm service, headed up by the glamorous Martina Fox.
The low curved interior – nestling snugly beneath a stone railway arch – has been brightened to make it more of a year round space, and the seating area has been extended to include some outside tables.
Diners can also enjoy a banquette seat by the large windows, or a pre-dinner drink perched at the large bar. This is a handsome focal point in a room of two halves – and serves up exciting cocktails, a good selection of beers and decent mix of wines.
Sean Duff's food is classic, with strong French influences and he is passionate about making seasonal changes and sourcing local when possible. Flavours are exceptionally well balanced and dishes are thoughtfully judged, competently cooked and prettily presented. Fish dishes comprise light, zesty flavours, while meat eaters will enjoy hearty fare like Assiette of Pork - comprised of grilled rack of pork, Jack MacCarthy black pudding and crispy pork belly, wih a fennel & apple purée, buttered cavolo nero, pink peppercorn jus, it demonstrates a pleasingly confident combination of traditional foods with new accompaniments.
Bridge’s dessert menu offers more familiar choices with wide appeal, and the good coffee is an equally satisfying way to round off a meal here.
Value initiatives, which may include a €10 daily lunch special and a €50 Dine & Wine dinner for two, allow diners enjoy top quality food at pocket friendly prices. If Grand Canal Quay isn’t on your radar it’s time to rectify this anomaly.