Established in 1988 by chef Pádraic Óg Gallagher, Gallagher’s Boxty House is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. The iconic Temple Bar restaurant is known for highlighting boxty, a classic Irish potato dish, in delicious and innovative ways.
When Pádraic Óg first opened his restaurant, Temple Bar was the exact opposite of what it is now: It was seen as an undesirable part of Dublin with extremely cheap rent. Today, Temple Bar is a bustling city centre hub that attracts locals and tourists alike, so his gamble in setting up Boxty House there 30 years ago has certainly paid off!
Pádraic Óg decided to develop Gallagher’s Boxty House while he was working in Venezuela as a young man. Recalling fond memories of the boxty he had enjoyed back home in Ireland, he was determined to make history as the first chef to put traditional Irish boxty, a type of potato bread, at centre stage in a restaurant and so Gallagher’s Boxty House was born.
Now catering to 3,000 customers a week, Gallagher’s Boxty House has been a roaring success. Known as a Temple Bar institution, Pádraic Óg’s restaurant highlights traditional Irish cuisine, making it a must-visit for tourists from all over the world.