Another day, another restaurant in Dublin! It’s hard to keep up with the number of restaurants opening up lately, it seems like there’s another new one every day. Over the past week four new spots have opened up: Isabelle’s on South Anne Street, Shelbourne Social in Ballsbridge, The Lighthouse in Dún Laoghaire and, most recently, Gertrude which opened on Pearse Street today.
With such a packed food scene, there’s no better time to be a foodie in the capital city. Here, we take a closer look at these new openings and check out some of their food offerings.
Shelbourne Social by Dylan McGrath, Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
The newest venture by Dylan McGrath, Shelbourne Social aims to bring a little bit of New York to Ballsbridge. As the owner of several other popular Dublin establishments, including Rustic Stone, Fade Street Social and Brasserie Sixty6, McGrath knows his way around a good restaurant, a formula he is aiming to replicate at this newest location.
Shelbourne Social hopes to provide an innovative and relaxed new dining approach, with a focus on quality meat, highlighting vegetables and luxurious interiors. The menu includes whole ducks and chickens that will be carved tableside, hot curd bread with extravagant dips like foie gras with winter plum and more, alongside that already infamous €120 steak.
With an innovative design and an eclectic drinks menu, this 85-seater restaurant looks like it will be a big hit with the business crowd in the Ballsbridge/Grand Canal area. We can’t wait to get down and try it!
For more info, go to the Shelbourne Social website.
Isabelle’s, South Anne Street, Dublin 2
A new contemporary restaurant from the PressUp Group, Isabelle’s is another spot that looks like it will be a hit this Christmas. Located just off Grafton Street, Isabelle's is promising a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, aiming for an upmarket yet comfortable feel.
With a menu including carefully selected cuts from the butchers at Dollard & Co. and pizzas from their own woodfired oven, head chef Barra Hurley has pulled out all the stops to ensure that food is the main focus at Isabelle’s. Barra, who previously worked at L’Ecrivain and Chapter One, even undertook a series of trips to London with his right-hand man Stephen Ryan to find some inspiration from across the pond for his menus.
Isabelle’s drinks menu also has a focus on low-alcohol drinks, allowing visitors to indulge in a few sociable drinks, which sounds perfect for keeping it casual during Christmas get-togethers.
Check out Isabelle’s website here.
The Lighthouse, George’s Street, Dún Laoghaire
The newest venture from the team at Bodytonic is now open in the seaside town of Dún Laoghaire. The Lighthouse, which is located in a 19th century red brick pub, is aiming for a casual café vibe with an upstairs that will feature gigs and exhibitions.
Thanks to the popularity of The Big Blue Bus at The Bernard Shaw, Olly Allison’s award-winning pizzas will feature prominently on The Lighthouse menu. There is also a killer brunch menu on offer, as well as a kid’s menu for ‘Little Captains’ that features lots of tasty options for the little ones.
To keep in theme with the seaside location, The Lighthouse has stacks of games available to keep punters occupied while they enjoy a pint or two. The team is also promising that there will always be something on, be it bingo or a ping-pong tournament, as well as regular events, such as the Pizza & Prosecco Brunch taking place this weekend.
Find out more about The Lighthouse here.
Gertrude, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
We’ve been waiting with bated breath for Gertrude to open its doors, which it finally did today! Gertrude is the fifth location from Colin Harmon, joining two 3FE locations, Five Points in Harold’s Cross and Daniel on Clanbrassil Street.
With head chef Holly Dalton at the helm, Gertrude is a 65-seater restaurant aiming to provide quality food and café vibes. The food is all handmade on site by Dalton and her team, excluding the bread and pastries which will come from the nearby Bread Nation bakery.
Featuring lighter bites like bacon and cabbage dumplings alongside more sizeable options, like scampi fries or butternut squash gnocchi, the menu at Gertrude looks to be well-thought out and enticing; we know we certainly can’t wait to try it!
Check out Gertrude on Instagram here.
Will you be trying out any of these new locations this week? Let us know in the comments below!