Le Bon Crubeen
Brian Moloney & Clare Tynan
81/82 Talbot Street, Dublin 1,
Telephone: 01 7040126
Dublin’s Talbot Street would never have ranked highly in the gourmet dining stakes, not even the dining stakes, apart from the odd few places. Hence, my colleagues in the S...
How to get there
With your back to the Spire it is on the right hand side going down Talbot Street.
Good to know
12.00 noon-late every day
A La Carte:
€14.95 - €24.95
€25 3 courses all night every night
From 5pm-tables to be vacated by 7.30 p.m.
2/3 Courses €17.95/€20.95
€25 3 Courses all night every night
€9.95 - €15.95
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About The Restaurant
Dublin’s Talbot Street would never have ranked highly in the gourmet dining stakes, not even the dining stakes, apart from the odd few places. Hence, my colleagues in the Sunday Independent do find their lunchtime options somewhat limited. I am sure your heart bleeds!! Consequently, there was a whiff of anticipation amongst the hungry scribes when a new brasserie. Le Bon Crubeen, opened near the offices in Talbot Street. Le Bon Crubeen is part of the Celtic Lodge Guest House which also houses the next door, traditional music venue, the Celt Bar. With a long modern bar to the left, there is comfortable banquette seating, granite topped tables, and the music here was Rat Pack style. In fact, there was almost a Parisian feel, helped on by the fact that we were surrounded by French tourists – one lot declaring it was the best meal they had in Ireland. It was nighttime but a very helpful barman gave us the option of the A La Carte Menu or the less expensive Lunchtime Menu. Prices were not bad so I could see this place could do really well. The lunchtime menu had a good range of hot lunch specials at €11.50/€12.50 and paninis et al. During our visit my son Aidan had a vegetable soup which was delicious. Bayveen had Caesar Salad with Parmesan shavings, which she enjoyed once she dispensed of the ironing board hard superfluous feather of bacon. I had a very pleasant duck and spiced pear salad tossed in mixed leaves. The lunch menu had good brasserie food such as pork and leek bangers with herb mash and onion jam; confit duck leg, red cabbage and champ, as well as ribbon pasta with smoked salmon and dill cream, and white beans with a calamari salad. It also had a French style 8 oz sirloin steak with herb butter, salad and fries. The A La Carte menu had Steak Fritz– sirloin steak with bearnaise sauce, onions, mushrooms and shoe string fries. We decided to try one at each price for Bayveen and Aidan respectively and both were excellent. Included on the al la carte menu was grilled spatchcock with spiced couscous and harissa, as well as medallions of beef with truffled foie gras butter and horseradish duchesse potatoes. Brendan and I both fell for the comfort zone of Five Spiced Pork Belly which proved three very ample cubes of deliciously tender belly of pork, of which there was so much neither of us could finish it. Accompanied by a sweet sour julienne of peppers and onions, plus a big dish of potatoes. Delicious. We liked the laid back helpful atmosphere of Le Bon Crubeen and the innovative touches on the menu. Aidan had a delicious apple crumble and we all agreed we would definitely go back. A great addition to D1 Dining.
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