The neighbourhood in question on this particular evening was the bustling south Dublin suburb of Harold’s Cross and our destination was Craft, a restaurant which opened a couple of months ago. Joining me was my friend and fellow food-lover Darina, latest recruit to TheTaste.ie. Having heard great reports about it, Craft seemed like the perfect place for the two of us to catch up over dinner and a few glasses of wine.
The restaurant is small but well-proportioned and makes good use of the space that is available. Decorated throughout in navy and dark earthy tones with wooden tables and chairs, the overall feeling is one of relaxed comfort which we found very appealing.
|Confit Chicken Wings|
An excellent Brown Soda Bread served with salted butter sated our appetites while we waited for our first courses to arrive. Although tempted by the Flame-Grilled Mackerel, Black Sesame, Avocado and Radish, I found the allure of the Confit Chicken Wings, Golden Raisins and Truffle Cream (€10.00) hard to resist and was thrilled by the beautiful looking dish I was presented with. The first thing to hit me was the heady aroma of the truffles that had been used in the making of the cream that accompanied the crispy-skinned and succulent chicken wings which mercifully, were served de-boned. Dressed with plump golden raisins, piquant capers and a generous drizzle of an addictively sticky sauce this was a joy to eat. These were chicken wings unlike any that I had ever tasted before and I suspect that I won’t meet their equal for a long time.
|Goat's Cheese & Beetroot Salad|
Charred Rump Heart of Beef, Carrot, Artichoke and Leek (€23.00) was a striking looking dish which comprised a sizeable portion of beef which had been cooked on the rare side of medium as Darina had requested. Served with carrots which had been roasted to accentuate their underlying sweetness, griddled leeks and an impeccable Jerusalem artichoke purée this was a dish designed to please and this it did on many levels.
|Charred Heart Rump of Beef|
Both our desserts mirrored the high standard of the dishes we had already eaten. I loved my choice of Apple Cake, Buttermilk Custard and Tarragon (€7.00) which was full of interesting textures and well-balanced flavours. The moist cake had been made using almonds and was full of the taste of apples which is a harder thing to achieve than many might think. I particularly liked the use of buttermilk in the custard as it had a freshness on the palate that worked well against the richness of the cake and the accompanying granola. We both felt that tarragon was an inspired flavour pairing with the apples and elevated the dish to the next level.
|Dripping Roast Potatoes|
We washed our meal down with glasses of a full-bodied Tempranillo and a bottle of sparkling water.
208 Harold's Cross Road
Open Wednesday through Sunday
Thursday - Saturday 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Sunday 12.00pm - 4.00pm
Wednesday - Saturday 5.30pm - 9.45pm
Telephone: 01 4978632
This article first appeared in TheTaste.ie
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