The Winding Stair
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 ,
Telephone: +353 (0)1 8727320
The Winding Stair is one of the most respected and popular restaurants in Dublin. Over the past number of years Elaine Murphy’s fantastic eatery has charmed and enchanted n...
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On the North side of the River Liffey overlooking the Halfpenny Bridge in Dublin's City Centre
Good to know
Sun-Thurs 12pm-5pm/ Fri-Sat 12pm-3.30pm
A La Carte:
Mains from €20
2 Courses €24.95 with a glass of house wine €29.95
3 Courses 29.95 with a glass of house wine €33.95
Sat & Sun Brunch:
12pm - 4pm
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Private Dining Facilities:
About The Restaurant
The Winding Stair is one of the most respected and popular restaurants in Dublin. Over the past number of years Elaine Murphy’s fantastic eatery has charmed and enchanted not only thousands of locals but also thousands of visitors to the City who have returned to their countries having had a really top notch Irish dining experience in a buzzy artistic atmosphere at really good prices.
The Winding Stair Bookshop & Café was named after a Yeats poem, and in honour of its winding staircase. It became an iconic Dublin landmark in the 1970’s and 1980’s but when it was announced in 2005 that it would be closing, there was an outcry. Happily, in 2006, Elaine Murphy brought her experience and expertise to The Winding Stair and turned it into the dining icon it is today.
The room is wonderful, high ceilings, stripped floors, bentwood chairs, wooden tables, and an amazing view over the River Liffey; this is a totally Dublin restaurant. The focus, food wise, is seasonal and artisan Irish food cooked in a totally honest and delicious contemporary fashion – comfort food designed by a real foodie. I won’t say it was like your Granny used to make, because it is far better than your Granny used to make! I remember, the first time I visited The Winding Stair, being blown away by the fabulous pale hand smoked haddock (no luminous yellow stuff here). It was poached in milk with onions and white Cheddar mash and is so popular it still features on the menu today.
Starters include Irish seafood chowder with Fingal Ferguson’s chorizo and treacle bread; James McGeough’s smoked black pudding fritters are with pig’s ear and applesauce, kohlrabi slaw and seasonal leaves, whilst potted Dingle Bay crab comes with delicious toasted soda bread and organic leaves. Four artisan producers are involved in the Winding stairs cracking smoked fishplate - Burren Smokery, Terry Butterly, Stephen Kavanagh and John Rogan. Oh that every restaurant would go to such trouble sourcing produce. Served with the WS’s own Dillisk bread, crème fraiche, pickled cucumbers and caper berries – it is a delight. Keeling’s red chicory, drunken grape and caramelized walnut salad has Clonmore shavings and a goatmilk dressing, whilst Toonsbridge Mozzarella is paired with James Mac’s Connemara ham and fennel and rocket salad with wild garlic pesto.
The evening A la Carte menu has something for everyone. A chargrilled 28-day dry aged Irish Hereford beef rib eye steak is with sticky onions, roasted garlic truffle butter and homemade chips. Steam cockles and Roaring Water Bay mussels are with Clogherhead crab, brown ship, mayo toast and chips, whilst Dungarvan lemon sole is with pea champ, brown shrimp, baby leeks, roasted almonds, caper and nutty butter. Steele duck breast is with smashed Jerusalem artichoke and spring onion, baby parsnips, pears and frazzled air-dried ham. McLoughlin’s spring lamb rump is with wild garlic champ, slow roasted cherry tomatoes and mint and caper gravy. Roasted almond and potato cake with Corleggy Drumlin smoked cheese is delicious with spinach, oyster mushroom and cherry tomato chutney as are pea pancakes with Toonsbridge Dairy Buffalo Feta, beetroot and pickled red onion salad.
Puds too are to die for. Rich chocolate pudding is with caramel cream and pistachio praline, whilst luscious sticky pear and ginger cake has the superb Gathabawn vanilla icecream. If cheese is your preference they do a superb Irish Cheese board with homemade crackers and plum chutney.
The Winding Stair is open also for lunch, when you can have 1, 2 or 3 courses with a glass of house wine for a very reasonable addition. They also do a cracking Pre-theatre 2/3 course menu which also offers the house wine value option. On top of that they now offer a cracking Brunch Menu on Saturdays and Sundays – my weekends just got better.
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