McHugh’s Wine & Dine is a smart neighbourhood bistro that really knows its market. By offering tasty cooking in a relaxed dining room, and placing real emphasis on value for money, they’ve built up a loyal following since opening in 2008.
The ochre walls, exposed brickwork and upholstered chairs make for a comfy space which adapts well to cater for larger groups.
Cooking is confident and creative, with a decent mix of seafood and meat dishes on offer. Starters cover all options, from attractive salads to free range spicy chicken wings or maybe a terrific warm tart of balsamic figs, parma ham and whipped goat’s cheese.
A dozen main courses might include lamb, rib eye, pasta and battered haddock, ensuring diners of all ages will find a favourite. Children can eat from their own menu which offers a choice of main course, ice cream and soft drink for €10. (The well-appointed toilets feature a baby changing area too, making this a welcoming choice for young families.)
Alongside the crowd-pleasers you’ll find signature dishes, like a comforting chicken fricassée with smoked pancetta and creamy mash, which really shows off the well-judged cooking. Desserts include all the usual favourites and equally demonstrate the level of competency in the kitchen.
Owned by the family behind McHugh’s off-licences you can expect a decent wine list, which includes an exciting choice of 40 wines, plus 4 dessert wines. McHugh’s has scooped several national awards for its beer selection and the restaurant has an impressive 15 on offer, including non-alcoholic, a stout and cider.
McHugh’s Wine & Dine’s early bird menu is justifiably popular, served six nights a week, while their good value Sunday lunch (€20 for two courses) is available all day from 12-9pm.
By meeting the demands of their local clientele, the McHugh’s team have hit on a successful recipe for a top class neighbourhood bistro.