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La Cucina

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La Cucina
Neil Byrne
Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, William Street South, Dublin 2,
Co.Dublin

Telephone: +353 (0)1 677-1220
Email: dine@farrieranddraper.ie
Web: farrieranddraper.ie

The bar for good food and service in Dublin City has been raised so high in these past few years that you have to be really very special if you want to compete. The extravagantly...

La Cucina
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How to get there

Just off Grafton Street, on William Street South.

Good to know

Opening Hours:
Daily from 12pm - 10pm
Cuisine:
Italian
A La Carte:
Mains €7-€25
Table d’Hote:
€36 per person
Early Bird:
2/3 courses €21.50/€24
Sunday Lunch:
Yes
Children’s Menu:
Some dishes
Number of Covers:
60
Wheelchair Facilities:
No
Credit Cards:
Yes
Private Dining Facilities:
Yes
Wifi:
Yes
DART:
Yes
LUAS:
Yes

About The Restaurant

The bar for good food and service in Dublin City has been raised so high in these past few years that you have to be really very special if you want to compete. The extravagantly gorgeous Farrier & Draper venue, incorporating La Cucina Italian Restaurant, in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre is a perfect example.

Everything you want in a great Italian is here, with a rustic, intimate decor featuring exposed brick walls and polished copper piping that runs overhead, not to mention their large open wood burning oven that is essential to their authentic ‘Al Forno’ style of cooking. As they proudly say themselves, their food is traditional in taste, modern in presentation, classic in technique and, where possible, of Irish provenance.

Brendan and I were returning from visiting cousins on the hill of Howth and had worked up something of an appetite from all that fresh air. On offer to start were dishes that were available in small portions, but could also be ordered as a larger main, including risotto cakes with porcini, truffle oil and buffalo mozzarella; tartare of sea-bream with red grape, a blood orange emulsion and prosciutto with heirloom tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and preserved fig. Their polpette was with their own recipe of Irish beef and spicy pork, whilst their Bresaola, Alpine cured beef, was with rocket, pecorino & reggiano shavings, horseradish and some lemon thyme. Brendan quite fancied an antipasto plate, which arrived as a generous plate of tasty cured meats, cheese, marinated veg, cured anchovies and bread, which he really liked. I ordered the fritto misto and was delighted by the light ethereal batter that surrounded my prawns, soft shell crab, calamari and white bait zucchini - it brought me straight back to sitting on a terrace in Portofino.

For the mains, there was lots on offer from their pasta/risotto section, like linguine with crab, Roman parsley, cherry tomato, clam and chilli; gnocchi alla Sorrentina served with tomato sauce, smoked buffalo mozzarella and basil; as well as baked pumpkin cannelloni with ricotta, Gorgonzola and burnt sage butter. Also on offer for the mains was a very tempting slow braised neck of lamb with osso bucco, gremolata, wild garlic and aubergine, which I must try if it’s still there on my next visit. Instead, I decided on a Crudo pizza, which was just perfect, with a thin crispy base and toppings of prosciutto and rucola (rocket). Fab! Brendan went for an Irish flank steak served with artichoke, rocket, some flat cap mushrooms, radish and aged balsamic vinegar, which he enjoyed along with a side of roast potato with wild herbs.

We had a look at the dessert menu, which had lots of sweet treats to offer, such as tiramisu with savoiradi (lady's finger) biscuits, mascarpone cream and coffee marsala; posset with vanilla ice-cream, passion fruit, Sicilian lemon and salted popcorn caramel; and even a semifreddo with blood orange curd, Genovese and white chocolate yoghurt. As amazing as it all sounded we were feeling pretty full, so we settled on an order of affogato between us, which was beautifully rich, with fior de latte gelato and a hot shot of espresso.

They do great early bird and set dinner menus as well, and, no less impressive during the day, La Cucina offer a great lunch menu too, with lots to choose, from pasta to pizza to prawns and beyond.

Next time you’re nearby make sure to stop in because this is one kitchen that’s sure to impress.
 

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