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Pig's Ear, The

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Pig's Ear, The
Stephen McAllister
4 Nassau Street, Dublin 2,
Co.Dublin

Telephone: 00 353 (0)1 6703865
Email: info@thepigsear.ie
Web: thepigsear.com

Stephen McAllister is a young chef whose face is familiar from his appearances on TV shows such as The Restaurant and The Afternoon Show. He has a distinguished pedigree behind h...

Pig's Ear, The
  • Pig's Ear, The
  • Pig's Ear, The
  • Pig's Ear, The
  • Pig's Ear, The

How to get there

On Nassau Street close to the end of Kildare Street. Look for pink door and get immediately hungry! Convenient for buses and to Westland Row DART Station.

Good to know

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sat
Lunch 12.00- 3.00pm
Dinner 5.30-10.00pm
Sunday - Closed
Cuisine;
Real Irish Food
Michelin Bib Gourmand 2010
A La Carte:
Starters €6.95 - €10.95
Mains €16.95 - €24.95
Early Bird:
2/3 Course €17.95/€21.95
Mon - Sat 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Sunday Lunch:
No
Children’s Menu:
No
Number of Covers:
100
Private Dining Room:
Yes

About The Restaurant

Stephen McAllister is a young chef whose face is familiar from his appearances on TV shows such as The Restaurant and The Afternoon Show. He has a distinguished pedigree behind him and he is a very fine chef. He has worked in three Michelin starred restaurants including The Commons, Peacock Alley and Patrick Guilbaud’s and he sure has learned a thing or ten en route – I have always really liked his food. He is in partnership with Andrea Hussey, who has considerable experience in the hospitality industry have been Restaurant Manager for a considerable period at Michelin starred L’Ecrivain Restaurant.

They are starting to get their justified rewards right now at their restaurant, The Pig’s Ear, for it has just been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand for 2010 - not to mention an award from me – his restaurant being a Great Place to Eat 2010.

This is a tremendous achievement in such a short space of time and in a restaurant that opened just as the world recession hit us in Autumn 2008. Andrea and Stephen adapted their menu with stunning success. Set in a lovely bright airy room overlooking the Trinity College playing fields, this is an urban contemporary restaurant providing the best of wholesome Irish food at decent prices and with panache and style.

At The Pig’s Ear butter to start potted crab is with real mayonnaise and smoked paprika, whilst oak smoked salmon is with home made soda bread and pickled cucumber. Clonakilty black pudding is with new potato, apple and toasted hazelnuts whilst they do a cracking country style terrine with spiced fruit and Lyon’s tea relish.

The menu changes seasonally of course. They do a Traditional Dish of the Day which might be Lough Erne Lamb Shepherd’s Pie, or Bacon and Cabbage, or Steak and Kidney pie, but always comfort and delicious. Mains include grilled rib-eye of Hereford Irish Beef with a thyme potato cake, green beans and Bearnaise sauce, roast breast of Silver Hill duck with roast chicory, Forest Mushrooms and Yorkshire Relish. Roast cod is served with green beans, cauliflower puree, crispy ‘pig’s ears’ and cider sauce whilst organic Irish Salmon comes with Bubble n Squeak and potted shrimp butter. They source their ingredients with dedication and care and there are real Dublin humorous touches such as desserts which include Gur Cake with Barry’s Tea Ice Cream and ‘Little Treats’ which include ‘A quarter of Bullseyes/Clove Rock/Satin Purse’ for you to chew on and cogitate as you gaze out at Trinity. Other desserts include brown bread icecream with crushed yellow man and caramelised rice pudding with blackberry sorbet.

The Pig’s Ear is a perfect place too for lunch after shopping or just to relax- and it is near the DART at Westland Row. They have a really good value and very well thought out 2/3 course menu with an excellent selection – and a couple of a la carte specials - if you are a man who likes your rib-eye. The lunch menu might start with the game terrine or potted crab. I particularly like that they have chopped duck egg and capers with their tea smoked salmon, and an organic chicken and ham pie with crisp puff pastry. Its little details like this that makes the Pig's Ear special. Mains might be Jane Russell's Beef & Guinness with mash, lentils and grav or maybe smoked haddock and spinach omelette with Gubbeen cheese and roast potatoes. There is also too a good vegetarian option and scrumptious desserts. They also do a great Early Bird Menu.

There are also 2 beautfiful rooms upstairs also overlooking Trinity playing fields which are perfect for that special even or party.

This is really good unpretentious but perfectly executed food. A really Great Place to Eat with a Michelin Big Gourmand to boot.

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