2 euro Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality.
18 Sandymount Green, Sandymount , Dublin 4 Dublin City
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By day it’s gourmet sandwiches and baked goods; by night classical French fare at this popular BYO neighbourhood spot


Peter Bark keeps raising the bar at his popular restaurant on Sandymount Green so that it's gone well beyond being a good daytime café and neighbourhood restaurant in the evening these days. The secret is well and truly out and it attracts growing numbers of diners from beyond the area too - so much so, in fact, that it's grown somewhat of late with the 'new Brownes' opening beside the chipper.

During the day you'll find gourmet sandwiches, (crayfish tails; rare beef, horseradish and rocket) and, by night, simple, classical French-inspired food.

This Dublin restaurants décor is minimal, with good paintings by local artists and simple bentwood chairs, but the chef here cooks up things like a mean moules marinière (starter or main - nice fat mussels in a wine and cream sauce), and great meats including aged sirloin (crusty on the outside and pink within, served with chunky, crispy 'real' chips) and pan-fried rack of lamb, served on a bed of flageolet beans, with tasty, slightly waxy, continental style new potatoes.

Finish with a well-made traditional dessert (crème brulée, crumble) or excellent home-made ice creams and sorbets.

BYO wine - a small corkage charge is levied "unless you offer us a glass of something nice".

Coffee could perhaps be the weak point, so call for the (surprisingly modest) bill and have it at home.

Seats 22; about €32-35 for 3 courses. D 6-10pm. abbreviations
Last Updated: 24-04-2013
Author: Georgina Campbell

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