Mapas at Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel




From Dalkey Village go up Dalkey Avenue - Castle is on the left at the start of Killiney Hill Road.



Fitzpatrick Killiney Castle perched high on a hill with views down over Dun Laoghaire and Dublin Bay has always been a very popular spot with South County Dubliners. It has a number of dining options from the Dungeon Bar Menu, to their Mapas restaurant, to PJ's.

We often pop up to their Mapas Restaurant for a relaxed bite to eat either with the family or friends. It is one of those lovely places which does good food in a great atmosphere and with absolutely no pressure – its amazing what well known local celebrities you see in their too for their quiet nosh.

Starters are generally under a tenner, and include steamed West Cork black mussels with roasted plum tomato & Gubbeen chorizo sauce served with sourdough. Baked Camember & focaccia crostini is topped with fig and redcurrant marmalade with a balsamic drizzle, while beef carpaccio is with toasted pine nuts, rocket, drizzled with balamic and Parmesan. They also do a great traditional Dublin Bay Prawn cocktail, one of my favourite things, and I also love their pan fried lime and chilli crab claws served on homemade Irish spelt bread.

Mains are great two.  They do lovely grilled fillet of plaice served with salsa verde, while roasted poussin is served on wild mushroom risott. Another fave of mine is their herb crusted spring lamb served on crushed baby potatoes with pan jus. My sons love their great Mount Mapas Burger on a brioche bun with crispy bacon & cheddar, Cashel blue cheese and red onion marmalade, or you can have smoked cheese and onion rings. Their steaks, 8oz fillet, 10oz striploin and 16oz T-bone, are top notch served with all the trimmings and offer great value too. Vegetarians are well catered for with a chilli glased pan fried tofu salad, but my fave is their fantastic feta & pistachio couscous cake served with mixed greens, chickpeas and coriander yogurt.

The Castle’s more formal PJ’s Restaurant also has a superb menu including smoked duck salad with oriental greens and roasted almond flakes with a hoisin vinaigrette to start, as well as fig & gorgonzola salad, or rosette of smoked salmon and gravlax accompanied by warm corn blinis and dill cream. Mains include poached fillet of halibut with pea puree, grilled asparagus and tomato concasse, while traditional pork fillet has an apricot and cranberry stuffing, and apple sauce. Continental & Full Irish breakfast is served here seven days a week as well as a terrific buffet Sunday lunch from 12.30pm - 3pm.  It's the perfect setting too for private birthday celebrations, anniversary or Christening parties as well as Communion & Confirmation lunches.

In both Mapas and PJ’s, the desserts are delicious – salted caramel gateau with caramel sauce & caramel crunch ice-cream; a to die for chocolate fudge cake with brandy chocolate sauce and vanilla icecream, and much much more. Oh yes, and the wine is great too, and they make good cocktails.

So, the Castle is your oyster, great dining in a great atmosphere.