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The Green Hen

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The Green Hen
Cian Waters
33 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2,
Co.Dublin

Telephone: +353 (0)1 670-7238
Email: info@thegreenhen.ie
Web: thegreenhen.ie

I'm rather partial to French food at all levels, which is why I love the whole extravagant French bistro vibe and ambiance of The Green Hen, not to mention the food. Located ...

The Green Hen
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Located at the heart of Dublin City on Exchequer Street.

Good to know

Opening Hours:
12pm - Late
Cuisine:
French/Irish
A La Carte:
Mains €18-€29
Early Bird:
2/3 Courses €21.50/€24
Sunday Lunch:
Yes
Children’s Menu:
No
Number of Covers:
65
Wheelchair Facilities:
No
Credit Cards:
Yes
Private Dining Facilities:
Yes (Max 25-30)
Wifi:
No
DART:
Yes - Pearse Street
LUAS:
Yes - St. Stephen's Green

About The Restaurant

I'm rather partial to French food at all levels, which is why I love the whole extravagant French bistro vibe and ambiance of The Green Hen, not to mention the food. Located right beside the well known Old Stand Pub on Exchequer Street in Dublin City centre, it has a hugely loyal foodie following and it's easy to understand why. I often head in there to meet girlfriends, both for lunch and in the evenings, after we've shopped 'til we dropped for a bit of escapism.

With a lavishly stocked bar to the left as you enter, walls covered in iconic French pictures, posters and photos, bentwood chairs and tables; it's like being in the middle of Paris - you almost expect to see the legendary Juliet Greco in a corner smoking a Gitane, or Johnny Halliday rocking up with a glamorous female on his arm. The larger tables are to the back of the room, along with a banquette across the back wall above which hangs an ornate gold framed mirror sporting the specials of the day. The upstairs dining room is also lovely, perfect for a romantic outing, with a tasteful faded French Chateaux style, with grey panelled walls. 

On my most recent visit, starters included a goats cheese and beetroot salad with salted baked beets, 5-mile town goat’s cheese, radish and walnuts; gin and grapefruit cured mackerel with compressed cucumber, Yuzu gel, horseradish creme fraiche and pickles; as well as a charcuterie plate of cured meats with smoked almonds, olives and homemade breads. I kicked off with a fab tuna carpaccio with ponzu, avocado, dill and compressed watermelon, whilst Brendan chose the heirloom tomato salad with housemade ricotta, basil and parmesan sable, which he found fresh and very very tasty.

On offer for the mains were a whole host of tempting dishes including roast duck breast with Szechuan pepper, salt baked celeriac, chicory, capers and rosti potato; hand rolled parmesan gnocchi of ratatouille, goats cheese, baby spinach and basil; not to mention a supreme of free range chicken with smoked potato, sweetcorn, Napa cabbage, scallion and tarragon cream. Their Kasseler pork chop was with wholegrain potato, Puy lentils, saurkraut and apple, whilst a roast lamb rump ‘Nicoise’ was with confit potato, fine beans, radish, salsa verde, black olive and an anchovy aioli. I decided to try roast hake fillet and was sure glad that I did, when the delicious tranch of poisson arrived with its white bean cassoulet, gubeen chorizo, mussels and brown shrimp. I was in fishy heaven. Meanwhile, Brendan had chosen 10oz Irish Hereford rib eye steak with bearnaise sauce, watercress and a side of fries, and was more than happy with the meaty 'steak frites' placed in front him.

When it came to dessert, we declined offerings of Irish artisan cheeses with fruit chutney crackers & grapes, as well as potted vanilla cheesecake with fresh strawberries and an oat biscuit crumble, in favour of a mouth watering lemon drizzle cake with tequila semifreddo, curd and tequila jelly for him, and a chocolate brownie for me with a coffee mousse, white chocolate ice cream and some mixed chocolate soil. Both desserts were utterly delicious we agreed as our forks crossed the table.

They do a really good group set menu at the Green Hen, not to mention a great early bird too. Oh, and before you leave, make sure you’ve tried their Flirtini cocktail! 

By the way, they are now open with a late menu on Friday and Saturday nights until 1am. 

Ooh la la!


 

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